Artful Mail Workshop

Make Your Own Artful Mail
In this workshop, you’ll collage, paint and sew your own postcards, make your own various-sized handmade envelopes and learn how to make a button and string closure for an envelope with eyelets and brads. The pieces you’ll create can potentially be mailed, framed, hung or put into a book at a later date. The possibilities are endless!

When: Sunday, February 28, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bring a bag lunch, we’ll break for a half hour to eat.

Where: Frisbie Street Art Studio, 204 Frisbie St., Oakland, CA 94611 (Click address for google map) Frisbie St. is an alternative art space in Oakland, CA for artists to exhibit their work and for the community to gather to enjoy and create art together.

Cost: $55 (includes $10 for supplies) Reserve your spot by sending a check to Leah Virsik, 3934 Madrone Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619 or online via PayPal to Payment is processed as it is received. You will receive an email confirming registration. You can cancel up to a week prior with a refund of fees paid, less a $10 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds on cancellations with less than one week notice. If the class is sold out or canceled, your payment will be returned.

What to Bring: ruler, scissors, pencil, bone folder, glue stick and/or double-sided tape, eraser (I like Staedtler Mars Plastic)

Optional things to bring: a favorite envelope size to use as a template, punch, awl, cutting mat, fabric scraps, yarn, sewing machine, thread, favorite art supplies, paper for envelopes and collage: good ideas are scrapbook paper, wallpaper, junk mail, maps, large book pages, patterned paper, magazines, etc.

What will be provided: envelope templates from A7 to itty bitty, crayons, watercolors, brushes, glue, watercolor paper for postcards, a sewing machine or two, punches, fabric scraps, paper for envelopes, glue stick, double-sided tape, magazines, spray glue for thin papers, needles for sewing

Questions: Email Leah Virsik or call 510-418-9383

About the instructor: Leah Virsik enjoys making books and painting. She has a passion for paper and bookbinding and daydreams about art when she’s not actually making it. She creates books out of new and repurposed materials and works with paper, fabric, plastic, metal, acrylic and collage. Learn more about her and her work by visiting

Workshop Size: Limited to 7 people

Parking: There is street parking available, please allow ample time before your class to find a parking space.

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