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A Learning Journal In-Store Class Sept 17

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A Learning Journal In-Store Class
Sunday, September 17, 11:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Alix Christian
Limit: 7 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

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 challenging yourself. Learn how to sew your own learning journal while joining Alix in a lively discussion on developing a practice of taking risks. (Hint: the biggest part is giving yourself permission to make mistakes and embrace them.) 

The class starts with making the journal. Alix works alongside you as you group pages into signatures then sew them together with waxed linen thread and strips of colored fabric. The binding goes quickly because the journal is coverless. During the work time Alix gets everyone thinking about what it means to work intuitively. She’s got some interestingly crazy stuff from her own learning journals to show you! 

The rest of the class is for christening your new journal. Take a deep breath, dive in, and start. The journal is easy to work in because the pages lay flat when it’s open. The objective is to do anything, even the smallest thing, that makes you feel comfortable “messing” up the pages. Experiment away! Alix provides individual feedback and demonstrates various techniques for you to play with. 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. Alix provides needles and some thread so you can also work with stitching as a way to embellish a page. 

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

COVID Safety
Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. 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 class. The images can be abstract, patterns, or representational – anything you’re really attracted to.
  • Come with an idea of what you’d like to use the journal for.
  • Optional: materials you have on hand but have put off working with, or something you’ve always wanted to try. 
  • Optional: favorite pair of small scissors for cutting.
  • Optional: an apron
  • Optional: water bottle, snacks, and lunch

    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, and binding tools
    • Paints, gesso, 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 has been a tumbling tumble weed, always looking for new art adventures along the way. She grew up in Minnesota, earned a BFA in Oregon, began a graphic design career in Dallas, moved to Santa Fe to become a real artist, stayed until her money ran out, and then moved on to Amarillo where she completed an MFA and became a professor of Fine Art and Computer Graphics. She took a short jaunt to Detroit during the worst of the economic downturn (an eye-opening experience) and then. . . and then . . . landed in Colorado, where she hopes to stay for a very long time. Though now settled down Alix continues adventuring in her art. She’s played with fire to create encaustic paintings, liberally used her graphic design experience and love of type for creative art journaling, developed a distinctive style of lettering, played with layering and color in collage pieces, created 3D art with wire and rusty bits, distilled her drawings into simple lines, thrown herself into watercolors, and now focuses on large scale water medium paintings. She delights in teaching it all to others. Students can always expect a lot of laughter and fun in her classes, along with some serious attention to technique. Alix’s work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, in the north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. See Alix's work at, on Facebook, or on Instagram @alixart.

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