Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dec 3/4 Monogrammed Journal Bookbinding & Calligraphy Weekend Workshop

Calligraphy meets Bookbinding!

The anatomy of a book is fascinating, as are the personal adjustments one can make to create this decorative and functional work of art. A personal handmade journal is a vehicle in which you can fill your hopes and dreams, drawings, musings, sketches, lettering practice, and more.
If you enjoy stitching, gluing, folding, drawing, painting, laughing, and the freedom to be yourself in good company, this class is for you.

Spend a weekend making your very own Coptic Journal with folded blank or lined pages that you prefer writing on, sewn together with a bookbinding needle and waxed perl cotton thread. Front and back covers are cut from raw chipboard you then cover with imported handmade papers (Washi Paper.)

The Coptic Bound Book, developed by early Christians in Egypt, began its origins way back in the 2nd century AD. This functional, decorative work of art makes a great gift for you or someone who would enjoy filling it! 

A very flexible and visible spine allows it to open completely flat and therefore makes a fabulous sketchbook, journal, or lettering drill practice, as your hand does not have to fight the center of the book as you write. 

To make your book even more unique, we’ll personalize the cover with a monogram I’ll help you design. Using any lettering style or font you like, I’ll show you the secret to building out a well-balanced monogram and transferring that design to your cover with liquid acrylic inks and a brush, or a cut paper collage with the aide of scissors and fine details cut with an exacto blade. 

We’ll take about an hour break each day to eat lunch somewhere in the city of Decatur (you may also bring your lunch) and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first coptic bound journal. Anne’s workshops are meaningful, educational, enriching, and fun.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please let Anne know ( the full size of the paper you will be using for pages, so that we can have a your covers cut to their intended size.
Anne will be bringing her dog Inga to the workshop. If you have a phobia or allergy, please let her know beforehand, so that everyone is comfortable.

This is an All Skill Level course. 

Supplies provided by instructor:

• Semi-transparent marker layout paper (for sketching out monogram)

• Lineco® bookbinding needles 

• 2-ply chipboard covers 

• Wet Bookbinding Adhesive 

• 4-ply chipboard measuring guide

• Bookbinding Needles

• Beeswax

• Perl cotton thread

• Liquid Acrylic Inks for painted 

• Colored pencils for accenting/drawing monograms. 

• Piercing Cradles

• Wax Paper

Supply list: (purchased by students.)

• $15 supply fee to instructor payable the first day of class

• If you would like to paint your monogram, please bring a small or medium Pentel Aquash Water Brush. 

• Lineco® medium-duty awl

• Lineco® bone folder (bone, not plastic, please.)

• Decorative Cover Papers 
(Washi Paper, Japanese Decorative Paper, Kozo Paper Yuzen Paper, Lokta Paper) These come in large sheets and are hand made and printed. Each student should have 2 to 3 to use and collage with, to cover their boards and to bind within the book signatures. Needs to be strong enough for gluability, yet not too stiff that it’s hard to bed. Below are some examples at Paper Source that will work.

• Mechanical Pencil

• Exacto Knife & blades

• Self-healing cutting mat (at least 12 x 18)

• Lineco® glue brush or stiff & springy kiddie craft glue brush (at least one inch wide). Paper Source also carries a good glue brush.

• Non-slip metal ruler

• Pad of paper for book pages: Choose something you REALLY enjoy wtiting on. 
*My favorites are:  
Strathmore Calligraphy Pad, Strathmore Parchment Pad, Strathmore Writing Paper Pad (unlined), Rhodia and Claire-Fonatine pads: Lined, Graph, Dot, or blank. 

• Scissors

• Paper towels

• Work Apron


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