Itty Bitty Books

1-Day Workshop

Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 AM CDT

All Skill Levels Welcome
Book Arts • Paper Arts

Troy Brooks

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Description

Art has to have a container” Teresa J. Wilbur
I’ve been fascinated by little books and writing for some time.

I’ve found that there is a small world in this realm of diminutive books and tiny writing. In this small world, something meaningful can be created to fit into the palm of your hand with room to spare.

Working with small pieces has also taught me that there are beautiful things all around us that go unnoticed simply because we don’t stop to look. Maybe small books capture our attention because they put beautiful, found things in front of us in a way that makes us notice them.

In this class we will use materials that most calligraphy students have laying around. We will add alphabets that lend themselves to being written small. I will have exemplars available, but if a student has a preferred hand that lends itself to small writing, they are free to use that. We will be writing in lines that are less than ½ centimeter or smaller. Examples of hands that lend themselves to small writing are: Italic, Copperplate, Carolingian, Uncial, Foundational, and almost any monoline hand.

Broad edge and pointed pen work well with small writing. Obviously, the nib and the hand need to be able to fit into a small space.

We will make a hinge book from a dollhouse hinge and leather. The text block for our tiny creations will be an accordion text block. For this book we will make an origami box in which to house it and use decorative paper to decorate both the box and the book. We will also make other origami boxes using the same pattern for other containers. We will make a hardback book to place on a chain. It can include a prayer, a mantra, or anything meaningful or nothing at all. We will make several other itty-bitty hardback books with various features – eyelets for chains, ribbon enclosures, paper enclosures and more. Of each of these projects we will make more. Depending on each student’s personal interests and time allowed additional books can be made.

Supplies

Cutting board

  • Xacto knife (with extra blades)
  • Bone folder
  • Scrap practice paper (both copy and art paper)
  • Scrap decorative paper
  • Copy paper (for practice)
  • Glue stick (permanent)
  • PVA
  • Metal ruler
  • Nibs of your choice (Speedball C-5; Mitchell 4, 5, or 6; or pointed nibs)
  • Ink, watercolor, or gauche or your choice.
  • Monoline pen (Micron .005, Fineline Graphix .02)
  • For book board, we will be using the backing of a writing tablet. Just make sure it’s sturdy but not too thick (think “just right” Goldilocks).
  • Old magazines for use as a surface to apply glue.
  • Supply Fee: $5
Gemma Black Legacies III

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WORKSHOP LINKS

YUKIMI ANNAND
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy

PAUL ANTONIO
Fraktur In Its Glory

SUZIE BERINGER
The Unconventional Pointed Pen

GEMMA BLACK
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence

TROY BOOKS
Itty Bitty Books

IVAN CASTRO
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland

MARCO CHIOINO
In Search of the Essential

ANNIE CICALE
Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Word Meets Image on the Page

BARBARA CLOSE
Letters & Blossoms
Graphite Explorations

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM
Beginning Copperplate Script

JUDY DETRICK
A Letter and a Rectangle

CAROL DUBOSCH
Ben Shahn Lettering
Bone Script: Bookhand with a Twist
Stamp Carving

DEBORAH DUTTON
Buttonhole Art Journal

JOANNE FINK
Contemporary Ensō Circles
Expressions of Faith

JESSIE FORA
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering

MARCIA FRIEDMAN
Morphing Monograms

CONNIE FURGASON
Season Leaves Booklet

RISA GETTLER
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Visigothic Versals

TAMER GHONEIM
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids
Hand-Lettered Abstract Paintings

CLAUDIO GIL
Bruta LaGrafia, Calligraphy Beyond Styles 2-Day

MIKE GOLD
Breaking the Rules
Spontaneous Creation
(M) Variations in A

KEN HARRIS
Medieval Illuminating Techniques
Traditional Raised & Burnished Gilding

HEATHER HELD
The Glittering Vine
Victorian Frames & Labels

NANCY HILLS
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots

THOMAS HOYER
Dynamic Textures
Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
The Alchemist’s Magic

CARRIE IMAI
Playful Letters
Mark My Words
(T) Mastering Italic
(M) Blame It On The Tools

GINA JONAS
Moto: Movement and Touch
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique

ALINE KAORI
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

BILL KEMP
Engrosser's Script

SALMAN KHATTAK
French Roundhand
Introduction to Riqa Calligraphy (Arabic)
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines

ROB LEUSCHKE
Tool2Type

MARTA MAPELLI
Expressive Pointed Italic
Pointed Brush

HEATHER MARTINEZ
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!

ELIZABETH MCKEE
Pointed Brush for Beginners

GUI MENGA
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

HOLLY MONROE
Decorated Letters
Italic Lettering - Basics & Beyond
(M) The Business of Calligraphy
(M) Lettering on Vellum

SUZANNE MOORE
In the Glow of Gouache
Page Dazzle: Patent Leaf Gilding

BARRY MORENTZ
Morphing Monograms

LORNA MULLIGAN
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint

MICHELE NIDENOFF
(M) Decorative Borders w/Simple Tools
(M) Watercolor & Lettering with Masking Techniques

AMY NIELSEN
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch

CORA PEARL
Monoline Lettering with a 'B' Nib
Monoline Lettering Techniques
(T) Foundation Tune-up Class
Hand Lettering with the Folded Pen

SALLY PENLEY
Sensational Sumi!
(M) Pastel Dusting Technique
(M) Pleated Scroll Book

JAN PICKETT
Creative Colour for All Occasions
Embossing with Extra Pizazz!
Letters Unlimited

ALI RICCARDO
Graffiti Writing - The New York Lesson
Rudolf Says

ROBBIE SASLOW
(M) Playing With Pens & Pencils
Round & Robust: Exploring Uncial
Simple & Semitic

LINDA SCHNEIDER
The Graceful Marker: Pointed Brush Script
Calligraphy on the Go!
Calligraphy on the Go! Writing On Glass

CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy

MARINA SORIA
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
Weaving Words

JACQUELINE SULLIVAN
Cold Wax Calligraphic Abstracts
Markmaking, Words & Art
(M) Calligraphy & Mark Making with the Gel Plate
(M) Mini Book Madness

JANET TAKAHASHI
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering

NINA TRAN
Flourishes Unraveled

JERRY TRESSER
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding

ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals

MARK VAN STONE
Versals
Versals & White Vine Decoration

JURGEN VERCAEMST
Colorful Lettering Composition

JULIE WILDMAN
Akim Variations and Long Compositions
Alphabet Book
The Inside Curve Alphabet

ELEANOR WINTERS
Copperplate Boot Camp
Gothicized Italic