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A Learning Journal In-Store Class Feb 22 & Mar 1

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A Learning Journal In-Store Class
Two sessions: Wednesdays, Feb 22 & Mar 1, 5-8pm
Instructor: Alix Christian
Limit: 7 students

Class Details:

Most of us have lovely journals at home that sit empty because they seem too beautiful to work in. This little book from local artist Alix Christian, which she calls her learning journal, is deliberately made for experimenting and getting messy. It’s perfect for trying out new ideas and taking lots of risks. Alix teaches you how to make your own in this two-session class.

The first session focuses on creating the journal. Start by grouping pages into signatures and then sewing them together with waxed linen thread and strips of colored fabric. Because the journal is coverless, the binding goes quickly. During the work time, Alix gets everyone thinking about what it means to work experimentally. She’s got some interestingly crazy stuff from her own learning journals to show you! Christen your new journal by working in it before leaving the first session. Do anything, even the smallest thing, that gets you started on filling the pages during the week ahead. 

The second session begins with some show and tell and a discussion of how the week went. The rest of the time is for filling more pages. Alix provides individual feedback and also demonstrates various ideas for the group. There are materials for everyone to share, but feel free to bring in your own supplies if you’d like to focus on something specific. One of the advantages of the learning journal is that it’s easy to make more journals and to vary the size and number of pages based on the paper you have on hand. Because the pages lay flat when the journal is open, it’s easy to work in. Experiment away! 

At the end of class, congratulate yourself for trying new things – especially for embracing those “What happens if . . . ?” moments. 

Masks are optional and encouraged for all students and instructors. Students will be provided their own set of tools, which are sanitized between every class session. Due to the size of our class space we are unable to practice social distancing in the classroom. The requirements for store staff and customers will follow Boulder County mask and safety mandates. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Collect 5-10 examples of images you really like and bring them to the first class session. The images can be abstract, patterns, or representational – anything you’re really attracted to.
  • Optional: materials you have on hand but have put off working with, or something you’ve always wanted to try. Alix will talk about other options at the first session.
  • Optional: favorite pair of small scissors for cutting.
  • Optional: dinner/snack for evening meal

    Class Materials Include:

    • Prepared pages of Strathmore mixed-media paper
    • Vintage fabric strips
    • Handouts on hand lettering, drawing patterns, and mark making.
    • Waxed linen thread & bookbinding needles
    • Watercolor paints, Sumi ink, glue, brushes, water containers, paper towels, etc

    Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.

    Instructor Bio

    Alix Christian likes to play with fire. She's an encaustic artist who mixes beeswax and tree resin with pigmented colors, then heats the layers with a blow torch. Alix earned her BFA in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA in West Texas. Her work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. Alix taught Fine Art and Computer Graphics at Amarillo College for seven years, and has resided in Colorado since 2010. Though typography is a love of hers, encaustic was "the first medium to catch me and now it won't let go". See Alix's work at or on Facebook.

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