by Mary Jo Wasco

photo of collage journal

DATE: Sunday, October 5, 2008
TIME: 10 AM – 4 PM
PLACE: 227 Margaret Morrison, CMU
FEE: $25 for guild members

Every page is a painting in this artist’s journal. We will use a variety of simple water color techniques to create large painted sheets and then tear/cut the sheets into sections to create signatures and sew them into
a journal using a French twist style open binding with soft covers. This journal will provide an inviting setting for your words, thoughts and art ideas. Some embellishment ideas will be presented with which you may enhance the pages of your journal – windows or flaps, collage, stamping, faux -gilding, weaving, etc.

Many of the techniques for creating this journal were presented in Jean Formo’s class, “French Lace Journal”, at the Letters Mingle Souls conference in Chicago this summer.

photo of green journal with bug drawing

photo of closed collage journal with beads hanging from binding

Tools/supplies to bring:

  • 2 sheets Arches Text Wove paper, 25 x 40 inches (available from CMU Art Store)
  • Mop brush, large or wash brush, 2″ or bigger
  • 2 water containers, large
  • Palette or white plate
  • Pencil
  • Steel edged ruler or T-square, 24 inches or more
  • X-acto knife with extra blades
  • Cutting surface


  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Sewing cradle

Workshop Registration Form
Make check or money order payable to Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh and mail to Lily Hoy, 5700 Fifth Ave, #34B, Pittsburgh PA 15232
Workshop will be held Room 227, Margaret Morrison Hall, Carnegie Mellon University (campus map).

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  1. Marg says:

    what a wonderful workshop – wish i could have been there.
    marg australia

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