Julie Gray
Sandia Park, NM

A26 — Letters in 3D!
One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
Paper Arts

Join us as we explore ways to bring our calligraphy into a new dimension! Paper sculpture combines nicely with calligraphy to extend our artistic endeavors to a whole new level.

We will each make our favorite letter based on the alphabet from the Golden Bible, late 15th century. We will cut out and color an elegant three dimensional Roman letter. Then we will cut out a word or small quotation, and mount it on different levels if required. You will leave this class with a finished piece!

Supply List

  • Small cutting mat
  • X-acto knife and as many #11 blades as you can bring. (You will use a lot)
  • 2 sheets of 11″ x 15″ Rives BFK paper
  • Nice paper for background. Any dark color: Arches black cover, dark marbled paper, etc., 11″ x 15″, but no need to cut to size. Just bring it, whatever size it is.
  • Tracing paper and layout paper (9″ x 12″ pad is fine for both)
  • Borden & Riley Denril Multi-Medium vellum drafting film pad
  • Soft pencil
  • 6H pencil, sharpened
  • Eraser
  • Assortment of Automatic or Horizon pens, large Speedball nibs, both B and C series, sizes 0, 1 and 2
  • Ruling pens and/or empty Pilot Parallel pens
  • Walnut ink (preferred to fountain pen ink as it dries faster)
  • Spoon burnisher
  • A dead ballpoint pen if you have it. I’ll be providing one if you don’t.
  • Tweezers (pointed preferred)
  • Masking tape or blue tape
  • A short quotation or a special word that is meaningful to you
  • Optional: A small desk light might be helpful
Julie Gray has been involved with calligraphic arts most of her life. She received a BA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. After a commercial art and advertising design career, she now spends her time working on calligraphy, paper sculpture and bookmaking. Julie is a member of New Mexico’s Escribiente. She has attended fourteen international calligraphy conferences, participated in many book and card exchanges, and is a workshop junkie.

At the 2008 conference in Chicago, she was inspired by a master of cut paper, Dave Wood from Australia. The rest, as they say, is history! She has been combining lettering and paper sculpture ever since. Her paper sculpture work has appeared in Bound & Lettered and Letter Arts Review, as well as other publications. Julie lives, loves, letters, and cuts up lots of paper in Sandia Park, NM.

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