Alphabet Book

3-Day Workshop

Monday, July 5 at 9:00 AM CDT

Intermediate – Advanced
Lettering • Design • Drawing • Book Arts

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Description

In this class, students will learn how to create a cohesive alphabet and make an accordion-fold book to display it. They will also have the option of doing a non-cohesive (different style for each letter) alphabet.

We will spend the first part of the class analyzing other alphabets to find out what features determine a cohesive look. Studying the letter parts will help the students understand not only the structure of the letters, but the nuances that go into developing hands or fonts. Students will then be led through a series of exercises–using both traditional and non-traditional tools–that will result in all sorts of creative ways to make letters. We will gradually work our way to finding a style that works for each person. The second half of this workshop will be spent on refining the alphabets and deciding whether to use color or black and white. The final portion of the class will be to assemble a simple, but elegantly designed, accordion-fold book with an origami-type cover. (There is no gluing or sewing involved.)

Supplies

CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES

  • Favorite calligraphic tools (could include broad-edged and pointed nibs; ruling, parallel, and automatic pens; unusual tools like cola or broom bristle pens)
  • 1 Black Sharpie marker (fine point)
  • 2 fine point black markers like Pigma Microns in sizes 005 & 01
  • Small bottle of black sumi ink
  • Small bottle of walnut ink
  • 30 ml jar of Dr. Martin’s or Winsor & Newton Bleedproof White
    or a tube of white gouache
  • Watercolors, plus one metallic in either watercolor or gouache
  • A few inexpensive flat, watercolor brushes to apply color (Brushes are optional. Simply Simmons is a good brand.)
  • Favorite pointed brush (only if you like to do pointed brush writing) OR an Aquash Waterbrush Pointed (medium 12mm tip) OR a Pentel Color Brush in Black or another color
  • Lots of practice paper (Pacon Sulphite drawing paper is good because it has some tooth to it. Don’t use really smooth paper. Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper is also a good option.)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil, sharpener and some erasers (kneaded and/or white)
  • Six-well palette
  • Water container (for cleaning tools)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Some nice papers you have in your stash. These papers would be if you want to try your letters on paper other than that used for the pages of your book. Black or other colors would be nice.
    Suggestions: Arches Text Wove, Nideggen, Canson MiTientes Black, Ingres Black, Arches Black Cover, watercolor paper in 90# or 140# cold press (rough), marbled papers, colored papers, paste papers, etc.

MATERIALS FOR BOOK

I am putting in my suggestions for papers, but you may use anything that’s equivalent in weight. For those students in the U.S., all my suggested papers may be purchased from Dolphin Papers, www.dolphinpapers.com, a paper company near Indianapolis, IN.

  • Pages: 2 sheets 22″ x 30″ Stonehenge White or Warm White, 250gsm You may use any white or off-white paper that is equivalent to 140# index or 100# cover. DO NOT USE a light text weight like Arches Text Wove.
  • Covers: 1 sheet 20″ x 26″ Fabriano Tiziano, 160gsm. You may use an equivalent: 108# text or 65# cover. This will be folded in an origami-style fold, so don’t use anything too thick. Your choice of color.
  • Spine: Same paper as the cover.
  • Boards: 2 pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ chipboard or mat board, no more than about 1/16″ thickness (boards will be hidden)
  • 3M #415 Double-sided Bookbinders Tape 1/4″, available at talasonline.com or any kind of archival double-sided tape 1/4″ wide.
  • Archival glue stick (if you don’t want to buy tape)
  • Bone folder
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Xacto knife with a few #11 blades
  • Cutting surface
  • Two pieces of chipboard or mat board trimmed to 5″ W x 2″ H (These pieces will be used to protect your book from the binder clip. They just need to be inexpensive thin cardboard.)
  • One large binder clip (about 2″ wide x 1″ deep)

Trimming Instructions

  • Pages: Trim off approximately 1″ if your paper has deckled edges.
  • Trim 10 pieces to 5″ x 20″ each. You will have leftovers.
  • Covers: Trim 4 pieces to 5″ x 9″ each
  • Spine: Trim 1 piece to 5″ x 4″
  • Boards: Trim 2 pieces to 5″ x 5″
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A Letter and a Rectangle

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