Monogrammed Journal Calligraphy & Bookbinding Weekend Workshop
Monogrammed Journal Calligraphy & Bookbinding Weekend Workshop

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Monogrammed Journal Calligraphy & Bookbinding Weekend Workshop

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Aikido Decatur

104 Sycamore Place

Decatur, GA 30030

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Calligraphy meets Bookbinding!

Monogrammed Journal Bookbinding & Calligraphy Weekend Workshop - Aikido Decatur

2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $200 | Max 10 | Sat/Sun Dec 3/4, 10am-5pm

This is a two-day weekend workshop. We'll be meeting on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-5pm and again the next day on Sunday, Dec 4th from 10am-5pm.

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 letterting 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 monograms.

• Colored pencils for accenting/drawing monograms.

• Piercing Cradles

• Wax Paper

Supply list: (purchased by students.)

Many of these items can be purchased at Binders Art Supply in Buckhead or their Ponce City Market location. They give a 10% student discount and have a very helpful staff to help you find products.

Another source for supplies is Paper Source in Virginia Highlands or the Shops at Lenox in Buckhead.

• $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 (This is decorative handmade paper that comes in many different patterns, textures and weights. Common names are: Washi Paper, Japanese Decorative Papers, Kozo Paper, Yuzen Paper, Lokta Paper. Pick at least 3-5 sheets you like that are not tissue paper thin or too stiff to be bent without cracking, and that can withstand adhesion with wet glue. We will cover our boards with this paper and within the pages of your book for collage and binding. ) Binders Art Supply carries a beautiful varitey of colors and patters, as does Paper Source. Below are a couple more links to some papers that would be apropriate.

• 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 writing 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

• Chocolate


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an adult class. Children's classes coming soon!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free and easy. Spaces provded at front of building and nearby street parking is available.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Please bring all supplies needed. Any extras (like paper scraps or drawing materials, feel free to bring.)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Anne Elser:

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


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Decatur, GA 30030

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