Tape Bound Book Bookbinding Workshop June 2017

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Aikido Decatur

104 Sycamore Place

Decatur, GA 30030

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Tape-Bound Book Bookbinding Weekend Workshop w/ Anne Elser - Aikido Decatur

2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $200 | Min 4 / Max 15 | Sat/Sun June 3/4, 10am-5pm

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

Tape-Bound Bookbinding Workshop Description:

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 Tape Bound Book made of folded blank or lined pages and sewn together with needle, thread, and “tapes” made of paper. These tapes hold together the “book block”. A book block is the section of a book made of pages. This section is secured with the paper tapes, which are then threaded into slots you have made in your covers.

The front and back covers are cut from raw chipboard and covered with imported handmade papers. A functional, yet decorative work of art, it makes a great gift for you or someone who would enjoy filling it! Its flexible and visible spine allows it to open flat and makes a fabulous sketchbook or journal.

The Tape Bound Book is step one of creating a Flat Back Library Case Bound Book.

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 (gutter) of the book as you write.

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 Tape-Bound bound journal. Anne’s workshops are meaningful, educational, enriching, and fun.

More information:

$5 Fee due to the instructor on the first day of class or workshop.

Anne Will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne directly. Penkitten@anneelser.com

PortraitAbout Anne

After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, as well as Thursday afternoon classes at The Spruill Center for the Arts, and classes and workshops at Aikido Decatur. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops.

Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such as Tiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.

Tape Bound Book Supply List:

Binders Art Supply (bindersart.com) is the best local spot to purchase supplies for this class and they will give you a 10% student discount! Anything that you can’t find there, can be purchased at John Neal Books (johnnealbooks.com) or Paper and Ink Arts (paperinkarts.com).

Supplies provided by instructor:

• 4-ply chipboard measuring guide

• Wet Bookbinding Adhesive to use the 1st day of class. I will demonstrate how to prepare your own adhesive so that you can use yours the second day of class.

Supply list: (purchased separately 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.

• $5 supply fee to instructor payable the first day of class

• 8 oz. bottle of Sobo glue

• 1.5 oz. container of Lineco® Pure Methyl Cellulose

• 2 Ziploc 16 oz. plastic containers with threaded lids (to prepare and store your glue mixture and methyl cellulose.)

• Lineco® bone or horn folder (real bone or horn, 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 variety of colors and patters, as does Paper Source. Below are a couple more links to some papers that would be appropriate.



• (optional) Paper from recycled vintage books, illustrations, maps or ephemera to collage with your other decorative papers.

• 2-ply chipboard or “book board”

• Beeswax

• Wax Paper

• 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

• Scissors

• Paper towels

• Work Apron

• Chocolate


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is an adult class. Childrens classes coming soon!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send Anne an email to: PenKitten@Anne Elser.com

What's the refund policy?

Refunds are not available at this time. (Exchanges are, though, in the event of emergencies or illness.)

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, but please contact me personally if there is a problem such as an emergency or illness. Your ticket can be tranferred to another class I offer here through Eventbrite, but not a Binders or Spreuill or any other location.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. If you purchased this class or workshop as a gift, please let me know the name of the person taking the class when you register.

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