Above: Simple round-back journals with inset-cover labels. It hasn't been photographed yet, but we'll be making a 7.5 inch square journal with lovely toned paper pages perfect for journaling—with watercolor, gouache, pen, and colored pencil. Click on the image to view the enlargement.
It's not too early to plan your fall activities, especially if you're a dedicated journal keeper and want to visit the Twin Cities and learn how to bind your own journal! I've got a great one-day class on Saturday, October 6 (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
People are always writing to me and telling me they can't make multiple trips to the Twin Cities for a multi-session class, or they can't stay for a week-long workshop. Well here's your chance to learn a great binding method for making your own journals.
This is the perfect book to learn to make because you can make it again and again at home, without special binding equipment—just a ruler, X-acto, thread, needle, bone folder, and some PVA (glue). (Oh, yeah, you need a hammer.)
Past sessions of this class made a landscape journal with white art paper. In this session we'll be making a 7.5 inch square journal with toned paper pages that you'll enjoy journaling on in a variety of media.
Left: a close-up photo of the rounded spine. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
You'll have the option of bringing in a label to decorate your final book. There will also be class discussion about paper selection for future projects and instruction on how to adapt this structure to different size formats for all your journaling needs.
So join us and learn how to make a sturdy, elegant book structure you can make at home without special equipment—you'll always have great books to sketch in, with papers you love to use.
This is the only adult binding class I'll be teaching this fall so if you were thinking of learning a new structure this is the time to do it. (Note: Sadly, no it will not be offered as an online class at this time.)
The class tuition is $140 ($125 for MCBA Members) plus $35 supply fee. (The class counts 8 hours towards category D or B in the certificate program.) You can contact MCBA at the website in the opening paragraph to register via phone or on line.