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Roz Stendahl

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I've kept visual and written journals my entire life. For over 25 years I have taught visual arts and bookbinding—sharing what is a key tool in my creative life.

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About this Course

Advanced Registration for
"The Simple Round Back Spine"
opens on June 10, 2017. 

You'll have access to some introductory material and supply information.

Class begins on July 15, 2017.

I've kept visual and written journals all my life. Like many people I've been frustrated because there never seems to be a commercially bound sketchbook available in the size that suits my needs. And if I find such a book it doesn't contain the type of paper that will handle my mixed media sketching techniques.

The answer seemed simple—make my own books. I'm never happier than when I'm working in a journal I created. I'd like to share that happiness with you.

In this class I will teach you step-by-step how to create an elegant and sturdy journal with cloth covered boards,  filled with art paper suitable for visual journaling.

Students will need to use one of three specified papers so that I can help them online. Each paper results slightly different sized journal, as explained in the supplies handout.

All of the three specified papers  stand up to all the media I like to throw at it—watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, dip pen, color pencil, acrylic marker….

Once you've made your first book with one of these papers you'll be able to make the book in any size, with any paper that you want, confidant that you understand the approaches necessary to create a sturdy book.

One of the great things about this book structure is that I have simplified the process of making a round back spine book. I've eliminated several labor-intensive steps while focusing on maintaining a sturdy book structure. This book can be made in a shorter period of time than a traditional rounded back book. You also don't need expensive equipment!

I believe that it is important that home book binders have alternatives to expensive binding equipment. 

My lessons can all be accomplished with a few standard tools you probably already own if you are involved in any sort of paper arts. And if you're just starting out, the few tools you might want to buy (such as a bone folder and an awl) are inexpensive.

I have been teaching bookbinding for over 25 years. For this class I have created 30 videos that clearly demonstrate each step of the process in making this book. There are five and a half hours of demonstrations and instruction. It's as close as I can get to bringing you into the actual classroom with me. If you took a day-long workshop with me this is what you would learn.

Teaching a skill isn't enough for me. Along the way I share with you my understanding of bookbinding's traditional methods. You'll learn why certain steps and methods matter. When you understand the reasons for each action you can focus on developing your skills to generate repeatable results. Then when you've finished the class you’ll be able to continue to practice those skills. You'll be able to use your knowledge to create more books tailored to your needs.

From July 15 through August 15, 2017 I will check in on the class each day to catch questions you might have as you work through the process. You will be able to post images of your work so that I can give you advice. 

I will also conduct three live webinar/questions sessions during class. These webinars will be held Saturdays,  July 22 and August 5  at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. All times are Central Standard Time. Please note that Minnesota observes Daylight Savings Time during the summer so that also applies. All times listed will be Central Daylight Savings, i.e. CDS. We are in the same time zone as Chicago, which is listed on most international clocks. If you happen to be in a time zone where you can't join in for the live webinar, don't worry, the event will be taped and made available to the entire class.

I hope you'll join me and begin, or continue, your love of books by making this journal.

Class will begin on July 15, 2017. You will have lifetime access to watch these videos and continue to hone your skills. 

Tuition: US$99.00


Click here to go to a page where you will find a link to download a PDF of supplies needed for this class. In order for you to successfully learn the structure and concepts presented in this course it is vital you use these supplies—No Substitutions from the required "traditional" materials. 

I am pleased to announce that Wet Paint has put together a supply kit for this class. Click to go to the supply page Wet Paint has created for my classes.  Once you are on that page simply click on the title of the course you wish to get supplies for. (Don't click on the image even though it says to, that didn't work for me, click on the class title.)

Note: Wet Paint is an independent, locally owned art supply store located in St. Paul, MN. They also sell online  so you can enjoy their friendly, helpful service, wherever you are. I receive no compensation from Wet Paint on any sales. I have asked them to create kits, when a kit is possible, because it makes it simpler for the student to have only one place to shop. For this binding class students need to use the exact supplies specified, so I'm doubly grateful Wet Paint has taken the trouble to put together this kit for one-stop-shopping.