Book Arts: Illuminated Manuscripts | Jun 5-Jul 10 (Mon) 6-Week Session 9:30a-12:30p


Jun 5, 2017 to Jul 10, 2017
Helen Shafer Garcia
All Skill Levels

Illuminated Manuscripts are basically documents with text and decoration. We'll create contemporary Manuscript book structures with rich, ornate, pattered illustrations, floral and alphabet letter embellishments with detailed borders. Learn construction and techniques on Open spine Coptic stitch bindings, and French Link stitch books. We'll work on 2 projects during this 6-week class, concentrating on concept and technique. Gold leaf application will be introduced for embellishments. Coptic stitch bindings are a beautiful addition to the spine of a handmade book. The French Link stitch book will include mixed media techniques with a touch of whimsy and the unexpected. 

The supply list will be given out upon registration. Please email Helen ( with any questions about the supplies. 

June 5 - July 10, 2017 (Mondays 6-Week Session)
9:30am - 12:30pm 
$175 (includes all materials & supply list will be given out upon registration)


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Class Times

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

About the Instructor

Helen Shafer Garcia

Printmaking Pastel Drawing Painting Acrylic Watercolor Mixed Media

Living and working in North San Diego County, Helen is an Artist, Illustrator, Arts Instructor and Gardener. She received her BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach and has created Corporate and Magazine Illustrations for over 23 years. Helen’s paintings and assemblages are expressively drawn encounters with paint, color and texture that invoke the spirit for an intriguing visual journey. Some of the images recount visuals from Mexico, New Zealand and other lands intertwining legends, flora, fauna and icons. Her works involve the process of transference- subtraction and addition of paint and found objects. She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images.