Itty Bitty Books
Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 AM CDT
All Skill Levels Welcome
Book Arts • Paper Arts
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.
- 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)
- 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
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Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy
Fraktur In Its Glory
The Unconventional Pointed Pen
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence
Itty Bitty Books
In Search of the Essential
Beginning Copperplate Script
A Letter and a Rectangle
Buttonhole Art Journal
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering
Season Leaves Booklet
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!
Pointed Brush for Beginners
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch
CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding
ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals
Colorful Lettering Composition