Like letterforms? I'll be teaching an intense, six-week course at California College of the Arts this summer. If you are interested in using words in your work and learning letterpress printing, this course is for you. Open to both degree students and the general public, it is available for registration to the public beginning March 28, 2016. See the CCA Summer Session webpage for details and cost. This course is listed under Printmaking.

Letter by Letter: Letterpress Printing & Handwritten Text
Instructor: Alisa Golden, Senior Adjunct Professor
Oakland / PRINT-103 / 23 sessions

July 5-August 11, Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs., 2-6 p.m.

In this hands-on, tactile approach to printing, handwriting, and lettering, we create cards, broadsides, and book forms, while investigating letterforms and the relationship of form to content.

Beginning with pencils and pen and ink, we experiment with informal alphabets that are appropriate for both personal art and public projects. Setting up digital files for photopolymer plates, using handwritten text, and printing from handset metal and wood types on cloth and found papers all provide new strategies and methods for design and expression. Through a series of assignments, we explore letterpress printing techniques and their combinations, hierarchies, materials, and presentation.

Online sources and in-class examples and discussions provide background and context for calligraphy and printing in various cultures around the world.

Other Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area

See Lisa Kokin's site for her monthly workshops in the East Bay involving altered books and found materials.

Check out the variety of other book arts classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Instructional Books

For reference, try these how-to books: Making Handmade Books, Creating Handmade Books, and Unique Handmade Books and Expressive Handmade Books and Painted Paper: Techniques and Projects for Handmade Books and Cards. Detailed descriptions are at the links.


Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms

 Creating Handmade Books

Unique Handmade Books (out of print)

Expressive Handmade Books

Painted Paper: Techniques & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards
This one focuses on a variety of painting techniques for paper, with one chapter on structures that work well with it.

Ideas: One-Page Books

Want to make books from a single piece of 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper? You can use any size paper, actually, but they would be good structures for use with Photoshop or Illustrator. Here are some examples from never mind the press. Instructions for making them are in the books listed. Scroll down for links to the books.
Accordion with Tunnel Creating Handmade Books, Making Handmade Books
T-cut Maze Making Handmade Books
X-Book, Hidden Book or Slit Book and here and here Creating Handmade Books, Making Handmade Books
Check Book or Winged Book This is really made of several square sheets sewn together. Expressive Handmade Books, Making Handmade Books
Simple Accordion or Pants Book Creating Handmade Books, Expressive Handmade Books, Making Handmade Books
Ox-Plow Pamphlet or Shorts Book Expressive Handmade Books, Making Handmade Books


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