Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Fucking Christmas 2012


This year's holiday card is a silly one. 

She's prettier when she's dirtier. When you get this beauty in the mail, hopefully it's earned some smudge from machines, crates, and dirty fingers. If you'd like to read this inkless filth more easily, rub her on a smooth floor and see what filth she picks up. 

See? I'm not the only dirty one. 

Stay tuned for a Valentine's Day card in 2013. Just as dirty, but in pink.

Thanks to Jonathan Selikoff at Vote for Letterpress for encouraging me to do something so terrible and for pressing them so beautifully. And to Barbara Calzolari, my calligraphic mentor - her August 2012 Nib to Brush workshop changed everything.

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Happy Holidays everyone! I love you!
 — with Jonathan Selikoff at Anne Elser Calligraphy.

Monday, December 03, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Box Making Workshop


We had so much fun last weekend creating two fabulous containers during the Holiday Gift Box making workshop at Binders Art School. We made a lidded box with an option for unique closing mechanisms, feet, and inner sectional dividers. Day two was devoted to a collapsible container with a lid and/or base.

Take a look at the cool mess we made, things we made and the fun we had by browsing the photo album. Woo hooo!!!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Christmas Card 2012 in Progress

To be letter pressed (Thank you Vote For Letterpress) blindly, on a virginal sheet of hearty white cotton, and dirtied further, while in transit, to those who might think me insanely brilliant, brave, or stupid. :D

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Gift Box Weekend Workshop starts THIS Saturday!

New Workshop THIS weekend!

Holiday Gift Box Weekend Workshop with Anne Elser All Levels|Sat & Sun Dec. 1 & 2|10:30-4:30PM|$190|Min. 5/Max.8|Location: Binders Art School

Make a Collapsable Container and a Keepsake Box in one weekend workshop. Both are made from chipboard covered with decorative Washi Paper and can be used to hold supplies,  brushes, pens, q-tips, jewelry, gifts, trinkets, ribbon and more. Handouts supplied and hands on advice ready to help you with all the loving details needed to make your structures sound and beautiful. Make them for yourself or as a gift. Supplies needed can be purchased at Binders right before the workshop. 

Click here to sign up online.

$190.00

Suggested Supply List: 
(Shop with Anne the first half hour of class. E-mail questions to: Anne@AnneElser.com.)

The Essential Items
1. Lineco® medium-duty awl
2. Lineco® bookbinding needles
3. Lineco® bone folder
4. 2-ply chipboard 
(30 x 40 sheet, cut into quarters)
5. Washi Paper, 2 coordinating sheets 
This is decorative handmade paper 
that comes in many different patterns, 
textures and weights. Pick two sheets you like 
that are not tissue paper thin.
6. Mechanical Pencil
7. Exacto Knife & blades
8. Self-healing cutting mat 
(at least 12 x 18)
9. Stiff & springy glue brush or a Lineco® glue brush
10. Non-slip metal ruler
11. Brushable Adhesive: 8oz tub of Acrylic Gel Medium or Sobo & Methyl Cellulose Mixture

Bring from Home
1. Scissors
2. Roll of Wax Paper
3. Ribbon to consider using as a closure method for your lidded box.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Six New Classes: January 2013

Stuff a stocking with a new Anne Elser calligraphy or bookbinding classes beginning in January - February 2013.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Classes
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If you enjoy stitching, paper, and color in the company of good friends, you'll love this beginning bookbinding class. In Bookbinding 1, discover the fascinating anatomy of a book from cover to spine to fly sheet and how to make one sing in the spirit of good craftsmanship while celebrating your own aesthetic. Not only will you learn to make books (4!) and a custom slipcase for one of them, you'll be making the tools used to create them that make the process easy and enjoyable. Detailed handouts and an inventive and caring instructor are waiting for your heart and hands. This course is great for all crafters, artists, and scrapbookers of all levels and for those who want help in luring their creative side to the surface. 

Projects included: Piercing Cradle, The Merfect, Side Stab Books, Coptic Book with Visible Spine, Tape Bound Book, Slip Case, and a Case Bound Book.


Beginner - Intermediate|Tuesdays, 6 sessions|1:30-4PM|$190|Min.5/Max.10|Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5, 12|Location: Binders Art School
The Italic calligraphic hand is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It's generously wide strokes, produced with a broad edge nib, can easily be dressed up or down. Italic is the perfect hand to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students.
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Calligraphy 1: Italic (DAY) at Spruill
Beginner - Intermediate|Thursdays, 6 sessions|1:30-4PM|$190|Min.5/Max.10|Jan 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 21, 28 (no class Feb 14)|Location: Spruill Center for the Arts
The Italic calligraphic hand is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It's generously wide strokes, produced with a broad edge nib, can easily be dressed up or down. Italic is the perfect hand to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students.
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Calligraphy 1: Italic (EVE) at Spruill
Beginner - Intermediate|Thursdays, 6 sessions|6-8:30PM|$190|Min.5/Max.10|Jan 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 21, 28 (no class Feb 14)|Location: Spruill Center for the Arts
The Italic calligraphic hand is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It's generously wide strokes, produced with a broad edge nib, can easily be dressed up or down. Italic is the perfect hand to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students.
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Beginner - Intermediate|Wednesdays, 6 sessions|6-8:30PM|$190|Min.5/Max.10|Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 Feb 6, 13|Location: Binders Art School
This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thicks and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students.
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Spend a delightful weekend making your own Case Bound Book! Learn to make a book block of pierced and folded blank pages that are stitched together and then glued. Create a custom cover and spine with raw chipboard you then cover with imported handmade papers (Washi Paper). Case books are both sturdy and handsome and feature a supported spine, bookmark and headbands. It is the most recognized book type and is built to last on bookshelves for years to come. This functional, decorative work of art makes a great gift for you or someone who would enjoy filling it! We’ll take a break to eat lunch both days and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first Case Bound book. 

Thursday, November 08, 2012




Great idea from The Constant Scribe's site: Homemade Portable Light Box. 

This link came from one of my Copperplate Calligraphy students at Spruill, Belinda Z. 
(Thank you Belinda!)

Monday, November 05, 2012


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Check out all the inky goodness we Penablers got up to this past weekend at the Artfolio 2012 Atlanta Penabler table at Binders. It was a blast! 

Many thanks to all the talented and generous Penabler volunteers listed below and to those who stopped by for a visit to learn more about the calligraphic craft. We hope you have taken your first step into expressive writing and have found a new you with the Atlanta Penablers.

Stay tuned for news about our next Penabler meeting, "For the Table" on Friday, December 7th form 6-8PM. 

We'll be doing a couple of projects you'll find handy during the holiday season will feature ways to make your Holiday table guests feel warm, welcome, and completely enchanted with your thoughtfulness and rock-star calligraphic skillz.

Many thanks to:
Julia Mahood
Noah Macey
Hollis Wright
Carol Gray
Styron Pennywell
Carrie Keesling-Getz
Mamie Velez
Lee Thepmany
Mary Ferguson
Joel Becker-Sabik

Friday, November 02, 2012

Upcoming Calligraphy Classes



My name is Anne Elser, and I'm the calligraphy teacher you've been dying to meet.

My students and I have a great time together, honing our craft and discovering together, how completely relaxing, centering, enchanting, and entertaining the art of writing beautiful letters can be.

Below is a current list of group classes I offer in the Atlanta area. I teach at Binders Art School in Buckhead and Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, both excellent locations and wonderful people to work with.

I also offer private lessons from my home studio in Decatur.

If you're a bookbinder or want to be one, I also offer three delightfully fun and well-structured bookbinding classes of varying levels, each designed to build upon the knowledge gained from the experience of the previous level.

Listen to what my Bookbinding and Calligraphy students have to say and sign up for a class or contact me to book a private lesson or workshop.

~Anne

Current & upcoming Calligraphy & Bookbinding Classes by Anne Elser

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Bookmaking Supply
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Make Your Own Holiday Cards & Envelopes Workshop

Hello Friends,

Would you like help designing a holiday card and envelope as flourished as this one? One that could be reproduced so that each card is hand-made?

I've been making my own Holiday Cards for years and have developed a class just for the purpose of showing others how to do the same.

There are many ways to reproduce an image that level in varying degrees of complexity. Spend the weekend with me October 27th & 28th and I'll show you everything I know AND we'll have a good time doing it. :)

Here is the set I developed during last year's workshop: You Are My Gift. The envelope was in a different green and the materials used were walnut ink and Dr. Martin's White India Ink.

Here's the set I did in 2005 from a linoleum cut. Lino cuts are super fun and fast. All the supplies you'd need to do make of these are at Binders and I can help you pick them out or use the supplies you bring with you.

Let's have fun and play together!




Holiday Cards and Envelopes with Anne Elser

Holiday Cards Env 10/27 (ARTZ1235)


All Levels | Price: $190 | Min.5/ Max.8
ARTZ1235 | Sat. & Sun. Oct. 27 & 28, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Create your own calligraphic design for whichever holiday you wish to share most. Students will be given customized instruction on layout and technique using the materials they bring to class. We will be writing, flourishing, painting, stenciling, cutting windows, stamping and more!

Learn to create your own cards that are easy to reproduce at home by creating a template and adding layers of detail to the card in an enjoyable and systematic fashion. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing the meaning of your message in order to fully engage your audience.

Day two is spent finalizing the prototype of your chosen design and with it, a system of producing it. We will also create a perfect envelope template for your card.

Click here to sign up!!

Thursday Afternoon and Evening Copperplate Calligraphy Classes at Spruill Begin November 1





Hi Friends!

I've got two Copperplate Calligraphy courses beginning November 1st at Spruill Center for the Arts. So far we have 2 students signed up and we just need 3 more for the class to make.  This will be my teaching debut at this new location. If Dunwoody is an easier commute for you, consider signing up!

EVENING CALLIGRAPHY: COPPERPLATE WITH ANNE ELSER
Course Number:
124DACA260
Dates:
Thursday, November 1 - December 13, 2012  Check for other dates
Meets:
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Instructor:
Anne Elser
Fee:
$210  Fee Breakdown
Notes:
None.

Course Description

This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thicks and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students. 
   
Supply List
There are still openings remaining at this time.
A valid credit card will be required for payment. Please have your card information ready.



AFTERNOON CALLIGRAPHY: COPPERPLATE WITH ANNE ELSER

Course Number:
124DACA250
Dates:
Thursday, November 1 - December 13, 2012  Check for other dates
Meets:
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Instructor:
Anne Elser
Fee:
$210  Fee Breakdown
Notes:
None.

Course Description

This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thicks and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon. During the six week course, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. This class is appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate students. 
   
Supply List
There are still openings remaining at this time.
A valid credit card will be required for payment. Please have your card information ready.

Thursday, October 04, 2012


Don't forget tomorrow night's Penabler meeting featuring Yves Leterme!
Atlanta Penablers meeting  “Movement, Marks and Meaning.” 
From the art of abstraction, to the emotive tug of calligraphic lettering, Yves Leterme (as layered with shimmering depth as his pieces,) has much to share about his techniques, inspiration, and inner wisdom. Come for his interview, demonstration, slide show, and audience Q&A. Yves will also be bringing some of his original works of art for view and purchase. Squee!
When: Sat & Sun, Friday October 5th, 2012 6-8PM
What to bring : A drink or snack to share and yo bad Self.
When: Sat & Sun, October 6th & 7th, 2012 
What to bring : After signing up online for Italic Variations workshop through the Binders Art School site, a supply list will be sento to you.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Atlanta Penablers Demo Table at Artfolio!





Come to the Atlanta Penablers Demo Table Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th, 2012.
Saturday 9-7pm, Sunday 10-6pm at Binders Art Supply in Buckhead.

In lieu of a Friday meeting in November, come to the Binders Art Supply Artfolio Event where The Atlanta Penablers will be demonstrating and testing out new and well-known calligraphic materials, tools, products and techniques. 

Our table will be warmed with Penabler volunteers, students, and instructors for two solid days of calligraphic goodness. Tour the entire store, test products, meet product representatives, shop sales and promos, gifts with purchases, and enjoy the best prices of the season. It’s the best art supply fair EVER!


Would you like to volunteer for this event? 
We are looking for 7 Penabler volunteers at ALL skill levels. 
If you'd like a free lesson, enjoy demoing in front of a casual and enraptured crowd, or would just enjoy 2 hours of ink time with like-minded friends, sign up here at the Penablers Demo Artfolio Table Page.

Sign Up Now!

Would you like more time? Sign up for as many slots as you like. Come get cozy with me! Email me with any questions at Anne@AnneElser.com.

Don't forget! This Friday night, October 5th Penabler's Meeting: Yves Leterme Calligraphy Demonstration and Interview!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Holiday Gift Box Making Weekend Workshop coming in December

Hello Bookbinders,

Packaging makes all the difference, especially when you're on a budget and have something small and of sentimental value to give. Creating a beautiful handmade box or container for your gift goes a LONG way.

Let's say you've got a piece of family jewelry you'd like to pass on to a loved one, or the handkerchief you carried down the aisle at your wedding, or the baby booties your great grandmother crocheted, your great aunt's button collection, or a fishing lure your father made years ago... these are items we've treasured and now want to pass on. Make them even more special by designing and creating the container they'll be presented in and will live in for years to come.

During my weekend workshop, we'll create a small lidded box that can have compartments added within and a collapsable container good for storing items upright. Read below for more details and to sign up!

Holiday Boxes 12/1

Holiday Boxes 12/1 (ARTZ1234)

Holiday Boxes with Anne Elser
All Levels | Price: $190 | Min.5/ Max.8
ARTZ1234 | Sat. & Sun. Dec. 1 & 2, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Make a Collapsible Container and a Keepsake Box in one weekend workshop. Both are made from chipboard covered with decorative Washi Paper and can be used to hold supplies, brushes, pens, q-tips, jewelry, gifts, trinkets, ribbon and more. Handouts supplied and hands on advice ready to help you with all the loving details needed to make your structures sound and beautiful. Make them for yourself or as a gift. Supplies needed can be purchased at BINDERS® right before the workshop.

For more information about this instructor and supply lists, please see Instructor Bios & Supply Lists in the menu to right, under Art School at BINDERS®.

By enrolling in this course you certify that you have read and understand The Art School Policies and Registration procedures located in the menu to right, under Art School at BINDERS®.

THIS CLASS IS AT OUR ATLANTA STORE.

Your Price: $190.00
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