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Book Arts: Tiny Writing for Tiny Books

Sundays, October 12 – November 2 / 1 – 4 pm

Make your letters small, smaller, smallest as we work with tools conducive to tiny writing: microns, crowquills, and sharpened edged pens. Learn three alphabets: Monoline Itallic, Clothesline Caps, and Willow Bay Hand—and investigate the demands that tiny writing places in these tools. The delightful results will be used in several miniature book creations, boxes and greeting cards.

Instructor: Carol Pallesen
Ages: 15 and up / All levels 


  • Notebook (if you want to take notes) 
  • Micron pens (such as Pigma, Zig, or whatever your favorites are–in black in 005, 0l, and 08 sizes) 
  • Bone folder (tool to fold paper) 
  • Metal cork-backed ruler (6 or 12″) 
  • Xacto knife and #11 blades 
  • Cutting surface (scrap of matboard or self-healing cutting mat) 
  • Pencil & eraser 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick (such as the small size of UHU) 
  • Rubber cement pick-up (to clean up glue stick remnants)
  • Scrap paper (such as used computer or xerox paper, or an old phone book, for back-up when gluing) 
  • Water dish (such as an empty plastic cottage cheese or yogurt cup) 
  • Watercolor pencils (three colors or a small set will be fine; I’ll bring some to share too)
  • Small, flat brush (flat ferruled about 1/8″ wide; I’ll bring some to share) 
  • Rag (old t-shirt is best) 
  • Optional (items to bring; don’t bog yourself down, but you may want a few of these things as the class progresses–we can discuss at the 1st class) 
  • Crowquill pen (Hunt 102 point and holder; 107 is also handy; if you don’t have these, don’t worry–I’ll show you mine and then you can decide if you want to get some) 
  • Nib holder and nibs (Brause 1/2mm and 3/4mm, or equivalent; if you don’t have, same as above) 
  • Ink and ink dish Slant board (if that’s how you usually write) 
  • Cushion or pillow for chair 
  • Small scraps of decorative papers 

Any questions, please call Carol: 775.329.6983

October 12, 2014 1 – 4 pm