Buttonhole Stitch Journal – A New Online Class OPEN for Registration!


Bookbinding: Buttonhole Stitch
Instructor: Bari Zaki
Two-Week Class ‚ÄĘ 4 Lessons ‚ÄĘ $65
Class Dates: October 24 – November 2, 2017

In this class we will be making a beautiful handmade journal using the buttonhole-stitch¬†technique ‚Äď a non-adhesive style binding.

It‚Äôs a delightful binding style (no glue!) and the book we’ll make is¬†wonderful for journaling, sketching, doodling, drawing, or to use as a photo album or keepsake book. With the little window on the spine, it might be fun to alternate the colors of your pages. It also makes for a great gift anytime of the year!

I look forward to sharing my love of paper and making books with you in this two week course!


For details and to sign up, click HERE!


Class Itinerary:

Lesson 1 – Folding Signatures

Lesson 2 – Creating the Book Cover

Lesson 3 –¬†Sewing Your Book

Lesson 4 –¬†The Finish


Bari Zaki has been a professional bookbinder for 28 years, and a paper person her entire life. Her dad, a printer, regularly brought home paper in various forms: stacks of paper, scraps of paper, pads of paper…and assorted printed samples. This was her FAVORITE part of the day.

In Bari‚Äôs bedroom she had a little walk-in-closet, where she often hung out for hours, amusing herself arranging all her paper samples. She still thinks of her bookbinding studio as a larger version of that closet. Bari attended the University of Iowa for a couple of years, but continued to feel restless and decided to come back home to Chicago. It was there she met a friend for coffee who had brought her a blank journal. The friend had made the first entry; a doodle with an endearing sentiment, and it was that afternoon she refers to as her “Dorothy Moment.”

She instantly sought somewhere to learn about bookbinding and discovered Artist Bookworks (which has since become Columbia College’s Book & Paper Arts Graduate Programme). After completing various classes and workshops in a wonderfully Bohemian milieu, Bari opened Ardour Bookbinding, now Bari Zaki Studio; Bookbinding Studio & Shop, where she now offers a range of classes in Hand-bookbinding, Calligraphy, Paper-marbling, and¬†Drawing.¬†Today, her long-term clients include photographers, galleries, writers, celebrants and paper people ‚Äď appreciators of hand-crafted objects and beautiful presentation.


These handmade journals would make wonderful holiday gifts. Class begins October 24th…¬†Sign up today!


“Intro to Realism” with Karine Swenson; Online Class OPEN for Registration!


Intro to Realism
Instructor: Karine Swenson
Two-Week Class ‚ÄĘ 6¬†Lessons
Class Dates: October 10-20, 2017

In this class you will learn techniques to help you strengthen your drawing and painting skills.

The emphasis will be placed on finding ways to develop your own unique style while getting closer to visual truth. Just as each person has unique handwriting, your own way of drawing and painting will become your strength.

Each of you will pick your own 3D object ‚ÄĒ a toy, a tool, or something that interests you ‚ÄĒ and render it multiple times, building from quick sketches all the way¬†to a color painting.¬†We will work with color and value and pay close¬†attention to¬†light and shadow to create dimensionality.

I look forward to working with you!

Karine Swenson


Class Itinerary:

Week 1

Lesson 1
We will spend some time choosing our subject matter that you will draw and paint throughout this class. Then you will light it, photograph it, and do a couple of quick drawings of it! You will also draw your hand in this lesson, an ever-available subject and a great way to sneak a little drawing practice in wherever you find yourself.

Lesson 2
This lesson will be devoted to drawing ‚ÄĒ¬†both quick study, and slower, more careful study. The drawings are part of the process of learning to see more and to develop better hand/eye coordination. You will do several drawings of your hand and your chosen subject.

Lesson 3
In this lesson we will do more quick studies and then work on and finish a value study in charcoal of our subject to prepare us for our painting.

Lesson 4
Paint!!! Today we will work with a very limited palette, and use our value study from Lesson 3 to help us navigate our first painting of our subjects.

Lesson 5
We will begin the final painting of our subjects. You will be able to expand your color palette (a little!).

Lesson 6
The focus of our final lesson will be to explore the finishing touches, how to know when you are finished, and what you can do to make a painting you like.


Class begins October 10th. For details, click HERE!