March’s Saturday Special was an accordion style tunnel book using Alcohol Inks!
Natalie taught us different techniques to create art with Alcohol inks on Yupo and Dural-Lar. Each student got a chance to practice before creating their book. Each book was made up of 4 framed ink pieces done on Dura-Lar assembled as an accordion. The books can be enjoyed opened or closed. The entire class seemed to really enjoy creating their new books and learning the new art medium.
Taking a broadside from start to finish with Leslie Winakur and Maggie Gillikin.
A broadside is a piece that is meant to be hung on a wall. Students learned that a good composition looks good, no matter if it is right side up, upside-down, or sideways!They learned tips about matting & framing as well. Students worked with a variety of materials: watercolor, gouache, acrylic ink, sumi & walnut inks.
Note from photographer: not all of these may be right-side-up.
But we learned a good composition looks good from any side.
On March 3-4, British calligrapher James “Fazz” Farrell presented a great major workshop entitled “Contemporary Pointed Pen”. James’ pointed pen style is a development of the classical English Round Hand and Spencerian hands. Inspired by his interests in cosmology, astrophysics and the complex polyrhythms heard in heavy metal music, James builds on the traditional strokes and shapes using specialized arm techniques. After practicing traditional penmanship exercises dating back to the late 1800s, students produced some beautiful penwork with added color and expression.
In October, a major workshop entitled “Traditional Raised and Burnished Gesso Gilding” was presented by noted calligrapher and artist, Ken Harris. Ken demonstrated the mixing and application of white lead gesso using recipes and techniques that date back to the middle ages. Under Ken’s guidance, students then produced amazing projects of their own design applying gesso and 24k gold leaf.
Photos from Beth Morton’s Saturday Special “Gotcha Covered”. Beth showed guild members how to make book cloth out of fabric. Everyone went home that afternoon with a portfolio book coved in the cloth they made that morning!