Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is my Longstitch Multiple Signature Artists Sketchbook class recently at the Island Arts Association Eduction Center in downtown Fernandina Beach!! Look at these proud students and their books! Not the easiest book of book forms in the world, but they stuck to it, after binding a single signature book (most for nomenclature) and binding the longstitch instructions into a slim candy box as the cover

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This sheet of calligraphic "doodles" by my student Candy, a member of the Gulf Coast Scribes, shows me that she is getting comfortable "twisting" the brush ( makes those triangular shapes) and edging in/edging out with a hairline...all key to making good roman caps, with a brush or pen.

This is a Roman Letter focus sheet handout of mine. Those serifs are tricky, and need some agile brush manipulation! So in Edged Brush Xplored, we do a lot of warm ups with flower petals, bamboo, birds, and even zebra stripes, to get students to feel comfortable with turned the edged tool in mid stroke. To the left are excerpts from these warm up handouts...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Students in Pensacola

Just returned from teaching Edged Brush Explored - where we do lots of warm-ups for tool manipulation (in this case, the brush) and then try those Roman Serifs...on at least some of the Roman caps! Obviously, flowers and zebras are more fun!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Valentine pop-ups In Ft Meyers for SWFLN!

I got a chance to work with Librarians in the South West Florida Library Network this year...we had a fun day of making pop-up cards, pop-up books, even caterpillar books and stars! A great one for just before Valentine's Day....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Star Ornaments and Books!

A great finale to another season of the Artists Books Series! After we learn the basic folded unit of these sculptural books, we can make two kinds of book forms. Students had a great time creating Christmas star ornaments with paste paper colored on both sides, and on to star books and a larger format album made from the same folded unit! We made the usual huge mess, but out of that came....STARS!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Neuland In Color in Orlando!

I taught the Neuland alphabet in Orlando for the Central Scribes of Florida and we had fun the second day colorizing our names ( I had everyone pick the name of a person who is a "hero" to them, and we had a wonderful mix of popular cultural heros, relatives, family members, etc!) We reviewed the color theory and worked our compositions using "split complements". As usual, all we needed was more time!