Summer 2011 Classes: Soft-Cover Sketchbooks in a Flash and Scavenger Hunt Journaling

May 9, 2011

See the full post for complete details on these classes and how to sign up.

This July I have two book arts classes at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

I'm trying something new in class organization. You can treat these classes as a two-day workshop, or you can simply take one or the other.

I've set the classes up this way because some students already know how to make books but want the sketching experience. Other students don't want to make books at all but want the sketching experience. Still other students want to learn how to make a new book structure but don't want the sketching experience. By offering these two classes on the same weekend you have the opportunity to take a class that covers exactly what you want. I hope you will join me for one or both of these classes.

Go to the MCBA website to register, or call them at 612-215-2520.

Soft-Cover Sketchbooks in a Flash
Saturday, July 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$120 ($110 members) + $25 supply fee (go check out MCBA's class listing for an additional discount)
All bookbinding skill levels are welcome. Please wear work clothing or bring a paint smock.

TyvekWrap Left: Click on the image to view an enlargment showing the class sample.

Did you just fill your journal and now need a sketchbook? Are you leaving tomorrow for an impromptu trip? Learn to make a fast, elegant, two-signature journal with painted Tyvek covers and a decorative lightning bolt spine stitch. This archival, softbound book is approximately 5 x 7 inches. It will lie open flat for sketching or writing. You will paint your own cover material (Tyvek), tear paper to size, and stitch your book. You’ll then be able to make two more journals, painted as you wish, to give to friends or to use for special trips when you want to carry a dedicated travel journal. Supervised repetition will ensure that you’ve got the techniques down. During the lecture portion of class I will also demonstrate how to make simple slipcase for your journal. (You can purchase paper for slipcases from the MCBA shop should you decide you want to make one.) Participants in this class who sign up for Sunday’s Scavenger Hunt Journaling, will receive a two-day class discount.

Scavenger Hunt Journaling
Sunday, July 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$120 ($110 members) + $2 supply fee (go check out MCBA's class listing for an additional discount)
All sketching skill levels are welcome in this class. Please wear comfortable clothes (with layers for weather changes) and comfortable shoes for walking.

(There is no photo for this class description because we do not make a book. Examples of the type of sketching I do can be viewed here and at

Bring your own mixed media sketchbook in for a workout in this visual journaling intensive. I will begin with a short lecture on journaling and sketching in public, discuss materials, and provide suggestions for making your journaling day successful and fun. Following some warm-up sketching exercises the class will relocate to a variety of urban settings around Open Book for some active sketching. You can sketch on your own or stay with me to watch demos (but know you will be sketching!)

The class will reconvene at MCBA before heading out to additional locations in the Twin Cities (final locations will depend on weather and additional factors). I will demonstrate pen and ink sketching techniques, working with a brush pen, and using watercolor washes. Registered participants will receive a suggested supply list before class so that they can create their own travel painting kit if they would like to work along with the same materials I use. Also registered students who were not part of Saturday's bookbinding class will receive recommendations for commercially available sketchbooks that can stand up to mixed media usage. Participants in this class who took part in Saturday’s Soft-Covered Sketchbook in a Flash Class, will receive a two-day class discount. And of course they will immediately get to start working in one of the books they made the previous day!

    • Liz Nowell
    • May 9, 2011

    I’m not commenting on your post for today, but it finally occurred to me that I could “e-mail” you through comments. I recently found your blog (maybe a couple weeks ago). I’ve recently discovered art blogs in general, and through one and another found yours. For the past couple weeks I have been surfing your previous posts, although I’m also working my way chronologically, but that takes time and sometimes you do a theme not in a daily sequence or have a link to a related post. ANYWAY, I although our personalities and styles are VERY different (no one would say I was either organized or particularly productive) I have found your site extremely inspiring. The specific example I will give you is Daily Dots. I have always wanted to draw cats. For various reasons, which I won’t go into here, I haven’t, but I love cat drawings and it has floated in my head for as long as I can remember (I’m 48). Recently, for other reasons, I have a lot of “idle” time (which is why I’m looking at art/journaling blogs, which I don’t normally do). After looking through your Daily Dots I had one of those “AHA” moments. In my head, I always believed that FIRST I would “learn to draw” and THEN I would draw cats. So there is the revelation. I would learn to draw cats BY DRAWING CATS! I have two. They sleep a lot (which is good because obviously I’m a novice and haven’t gotten to the movement drawing yet). But your blog has really reinforced the idea of starting drawing from where I am, and just doing it, again and again. So I have been drawing my cats, at least daily, sometimes more. And I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. I don’t care if it looks good or not (it doesn’t). Each day I am learning, or being frustrated or just having fun. So thank you. I think you are wonderfully generous with the detail of information you give. I can’t come to Minnesota, but if I could, I’d take your class. Your blog is the next best thing. You haven’t written a book, have you? Just wondered. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been given a gift.

    • May 10, 2011

    Beware Roz, I think my Mama is coming!!!! 😀

  1. Reply

    Liz, no problemo! But you should be worried, I’ll probably grill her for information about YOU to put in your permanent file!

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