Sunday, July 5, 2015

Copperplate Workshops

Copperplate Workshops
I'm taking enrollment for 2 special workshops at my studio. The first will teach you proper copperplate for the most elegant and beautiful script. The second will help you convert to a modern style that is unique to your hand. There are many new styles out there calling themselves "modern calligraphy" that are very popular, so here's a chance to learn how to make up your own but do it with knowledge and structure. We will also learn a unique way of flourishing your script styles. The classes will have a 10 student maximum so you will get plenty of individual attention. I've been doing this type of calligraphy for 35 years and have the know how and the experience to see that you learn the skills needed. A follow up workshop will teach you how to do envelopes, place cards, banners, chalkboards, etc. All the things that are necessary for event planning. Sounds fun, huh? Sign up now! Email DeAnn at to hold you spot. Sunday September 26-27, Oct. 24-25,2015.

Illumination and Calligraphy

Illumination and calligraphy
This fall beginning in September I will be having a few classes that include Illumination and gilding. We will work toward a finished 8.5"x 11" manuscript page.  Some of my students over the years have completed a manuscript page for each style of calligraphy that they've learned, even pointed pen! We did a very modern application for that one. These pages are all the same size so can fit into a portfolio to present your work in its best form. Most of us think of 
calligraphy as it was presented in the manuscripts of old, so this is a way to learn the history as well as the practical techniques of gilding and page decoration. I think when you have a goal to work toward you tend to do your homework and practice better.
Sinai Temple will do Uncial. The ancient form come to us from the Greeks. Everyone loves the "chunky, round" forms. I have a template all ready to use to create the manuscript as soon as we have learned the letterform.
The Wednesday night class has just completed a manuscript page with Rotunda, from the Italian gothic period. This class will be ready to start
 another letterform with more gilding and decoration techniques. Come join us.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

free workshop

Free Workshop at Designing Letters
Sunday June 28, 10:30-1:30
Blind Embossing and Stencling with chalk
We will have materials and tools to work with. You can also bring materials to finally learn what to do with them. Blind embossing is the technique where you press paper into a stencil and it makes it rise above the paper plane. You can color it also with stencils. We will show you samples and let you make your own. Bring a little something to share for lunch and we’ll enjoy each others company. 
Designing Letters 4032 Marcasel Ave Los Angeles 90066 (Culver City) come through the white gate and come in the back.
Please  RSVP with DeAnn at

For questions, contact Marjorie at or at (310) 892-9447.

japanese stab binding

Japanese Stab Binding Mini Class
 LEARN JAPANESE BOOKBINDING with Marjorie Grace-Sayers

Thursday, June 25 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm $40
Wednesday, July 1 from 6:30 -9:00 pm. $40
at Designing Letters Studio 4032 Marcasel Ave Los Angeles, 90066

Japanese bookbinding is an ancient tradition and the stab bindings are the best known, easiest to learn and are true classics.
You will complete four booklets learning the Four-Hole, Noble, Hemp-Leaf, and Tortoise-Shell bindings.

Class fee includes 2.5 hour class, templates, written instructions, paper, waxed linen thread, and  use of all tools needed to complete the books.
The same class will be offered on Thursday, June 25 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm AND 
Wednesday, July 1 from 6:30 -9:00 pm. $40

Please sign up with Designing Letters at
For questions, contact Marjorie at or at (310) 892-9447.

Journaling around town
Monday's 10-1:00. Send check to DeAnn for $150 for 5 weeks
June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 ($10 per hour) to reserve your spot.
12 student limit.
We will draw en plein aire and in homes of participants. Look at my blog for materials list. I'll teach a few styles of writing to enhance the drawing. This is really fun. I'll teach you to draw, don't worry! Materials are listed on the material list page here on this blog.