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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 30 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

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 notebook 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 that is 6-1/8 x 8-1/4 inches. It will be filled with Gutenberg paper (a printmaking paper that stands up to all the media I like to throw at it).

Another great thing about this 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 one using traditional methods. 

I also believe that it is not necessary to have 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 short 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.

During this inaugural offering of this class I will be joining class the first four Fridays to check in on the questions you have. You will be able to post images of your work so that I can give you advice.

I will also conduct four live webinar/questions sessions during the early weeks of the class. These webinars will be held Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. CDT; Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. CDT; Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. CDT; and Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. CDT. If you happen to be in a time zone where you can't join in, 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 Saturday, May 2, 2015. You will have one year of access to watch these videos and continue to hone your skills. 

(Note: If you buy a supply set from Wet Paint, as explained at the link below you must order your supply set before April 24, 2015.)

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 "traditional" materials required.

Click here to go to Wet Paint to buy a key supply set. This supply set contains six sheets of Gutenberg, and enough binder's board and bookcloth to make two books, which is what I suggest you make in the first few weeks of class. The remaining items in the supply set will be useful in several more books. Those remaining items are: binding thread, headband ribbon, super (mull), linen binding tape, PVA, and a sheet of 3-ply Strathmore 500 Series Vellum Bristol. The cost of these items would normally be $151.44 but Wet Paint is selling the Supply Set for $91.55. (See the downloadable PDF Supply list for a complete description of all these items.)