Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Calligraphy and Bookmaking - Patience Required

I took a bookbinding workshop with Bonnie Stahlecker a few weeks ago.  We made four different structures in less than 8 hours.  I love it when I leave a workshop with finished pieces. Of course it helped considerably that Bonnie had done most of the measuring and cutting before class. I'd love to have a studio elf whose sole purpose was to get all my supplies ready for me. Unfortunately, I do not have a studio elf.  I had hoped to start and finish 3 books this past week for a calligraphy book exchange in which I'm participating, but I didn't even get close to finished.  You can see what will eventually be my covers and text block.  It is frustrating for me, because I really want to jump ahead and bind the book.  I'm restraining myself, because I need to do all the lettering first.  More patience please!!


  1. oh boy...i can totally relate to everything that you're saying! bookbinding is very time consuming (like calligraphy!)...i'm very impressed that you were able to complete four books in an eight hour workshop! and, let me know if you find your studio elf...i've been looking for one, too!! :)

    good luck with all of your projects, jane!

  2. Yes, I totally understand and if you find that studio elf let me know where I can get one!! Can't wait to see the finished book!

  3. Hi Jane! Thanks for your comment today! I think you are right. I really have to purpose myself to do lettering because this is a true statement concerning calligraphy---If you don't use it you could lost it! WHat a shame that would be after all this practice!! :) PS How are to books going?

  4. Thanks Lori and Martha! I have a few of the pages for my books completed, but other work keeps pushing my bookbinding project off the drafting table. (Okay, that and too much time reading other artists' blogs!....) I will post the completed books when they're finished.


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