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Class Descriptions


2023 Winter Schedule of Workshops & Events

January - February Classes, Workshops + Events

*** All classes are in-person unless otherwise noted***

For the maker and curious creative looking for new artistic expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun.  All materials included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart. Register online and visit www.paperseahorse.com for updates. Please make sure to read our policies page.

Download our creative classes schedule as a pdf document here.

SPECIAL EVENTS + GUEST TEACHER WORKSHOPS     

SPECIAL EVENT: Free Spirit Wild Heart No. 3

Do you have a free spirit and a wild heart? Do you love of all things TRAVELER’S notebooks? Are you curious about this worldwide cult brand? Do you love journaling, planning and have a wild heart? This event was made for you. Come meet like-minded free spirits and get inspired. Your travel kit includes: official itinerary, boarding pass, materials for a travel make & take, TRAVELER'S FACTORY goodies, and many more surprises.

Two options to choose:

Thursday January 19th 6 - 8p EST via ZOOM Virtual. Space is not limited. We will mail your travel goodies two weeks ahead of time and a Zoom link sent. $55

Saturday January 21st 10a - 12p ESTLive and in person - space is limited. $55

SPECIAL EVENT: Tampa Bay Letter Writer's Social, Members Only

Calling anyone who loves writing and keeping in touch. This group is dedicated to those interested in letter writing, snail mail, and mail art. Our goal is to keep putting pen to paper, typing, and keeping the written word alive. This includes all forms of correspondence. We host regular letter writing socials and special events throughout Tampa Bay. We look forward to meeting everyone and bringing the joys of letter writing to as many folks as possible. Everybody brings something to share and we have a monthly theme.

If you’d like to join us throughout the year there is an annual membership fee of $50. Right now we are hosting virtual and in person meet ups. We meet the last Saturday of each month and we are off in December. Please become a member today  Not sure? Your first meeting is FREE, just call or send us a message.

January 28th 10a - 12p 

 

LETTER WRITING

Mer-Mail: Letter Writing for Mermaids and Mermen 

Come learn why snail mail is the hottest thing right now. Letter writing is so cool. Send a letter, get a letter back. Discover the power of the written word. Find out how to make your letters and cards stand out, how to properly address envelopes, the unique world of stamps and more. Each participant receives a letter writing kit to continue the journey as well as a membership into The Tampa Bay Letter Writers Club and the Youth Letter Writers Alliance! This event is limited to 12 attendees. This online virtual class is geared for kids aged 9 - 13, however big and small kids may attend.

Coming Spring 2023.

 

CALLIGRAPHY & LETTERING CLASSES  

Introduction to Brush Lettering

Our in person classes are starting again! The very popular Introduction to Brush Lettering with Amanda Kammarada is back. All materials are included. Come learn with Amanda in this LIVE in-studio class.

Are you interested in hand lettering but not sure where to begin? Have you seen the pretty lettering all over social media and in the stores and want to try to do it yourself? Do you think you have bad handwriting and are afraid to try to learn hand lettering? Then this class is for you!

In this basics class, you will learn how to hold a Tombow brush pen along with the basic strokes needed to create letters. You will also learn how to letter the alphabet and then connect those letters to make words. This is a great introduction to get your feet wet with the Tombow brush markers. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with your own brush pens, practice sheets and the confidence to continue lettering!  

January 28th 10a -12:30p

Tombow Brush Pen Lettering 101
Are you interested in hand lettering but not sure where to begin? Have you seen the pretty lettering all over social media and in the stores and want to try to do it yourself? Do you have bad handwriting and are afraid to try to learn hand lettering? Then this class is for you! In this basics class, you will learn how to hold a Tombow brush pen along with the basic strokes needed to create letters. You will also learn how to letter the alphabet and then connect those letters to make words. This is a great introduction to get your feet wet with the Tombow brush markers. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with your own brush pens, practice sheets and the confidence to continue lettering!  Note: this is different than the Brush Pen Calligraphy technique class. Teacher: Amanda Kammarada 

This is now a recorded online class you can take and have your kit sent to you. Register here.   

Faux Calligraphy

In this class, you’ll learn the technique of faux calligraphy. Faux calligraphy allows you to create the look of brush script without using a brush pen. You’ll also learn how to connect letters to make words, then place those words into a beautiful layout. She will then show you how to finish your piece with a floral wreath. At the end of class, you will leave with your completed art piece, faux calligraphy alphabet practice pages, two Tombow TwinTone markers and the confidence to create your own personal affirmations artworks. 

February 18th 10a - 12:30pm 

 

WRITING & JOURNALING CLASSES 

 

Dream Journaling

In conjunction with the Dali Museum's special exhibition, The Shape of Dreams, we invite you to explore five centuries of dream-inspired paintings, then join us for a hands-on workshop to create your own personal dream journal. Exhibit and all materials included.

Tuesday January 17th 6 – 8p held at the Dali Museum $40

Watercolor Journaling 202

202 will get you started on the path to a daily creative practice. One watercolor a day in a Traveler's Passport Sketchbook is all it takes to start your journey. Learn how to find small moments in your busy life to be creative and reap the rewards as you fill your journal and your skill grows. We'll talk about timing, finding moments of mindfulness, connecting to our surroundings and learning to really see.

There will be a discussion on some of the brands of paints available and how they are different. Lynda will share some of her daily watercolors and share her thinking and insights from her experience. Play with your paints, explore darks and lights, wet and dry techniques, monochromatic and multicolors! Add some written words to your pages and more. Registration includes your kit of: sketchbook, watercolors, brushes, collapsible cup and a ‘zine on Daily Creative Practice. Two dates:

January 14th 10a – 12:30p $100

February 11th 10a – 12:30p $100

Teen Journaling

Smartphones and anxiety go hand in hand. Discovering tools to help us reconnect with ourselves are needed now more than ever. Depression, suicides and anxiety have exponentially risen in recent years. We believe the power of putting pen to paper will changes lives and allow kids to help navigate the world better. 

Come join us for this online live creative class where you will explore and experience the various types of journaling. Part of getting started is personalizing a practice that speaks to you. 

Spring 2023

Introduction to Journaling

⁠Journaling sparks creativity. Increases self-confidence, provides clarity, expands awareness, and reduces stress. A regular practice can be an important step towards self-care.⁠ ⁠ Have you ever wanted to journal but just didn’t know how to get started? Come join us for this online live class where you will explore and experience the various types of journaling. Part of getting started or being re-introduced to journaling is discovering a practice that speaks to you. ⁠ ⁠This online class includes a journaling starter kit that will be mailed to you two weeks prior to the workshop. All materials you need for class as well as more goodies to continue your journaling adventures.: two pens, two journals, inspiration, and more.⁠ ⁠

Spring 2023

Watercolor Journaling 101 - online, on-demand
In our fast-paced digital world, it’s challenging to slow down and just enjoy life. Watercolor Journaling can do just that by helping you relax, observe and notice the little things around you.

Journaling is all about you, about self-nurturing, and about knowing yourself better. Watercolors are a great companion to your journaling practice as they are portable, easy to use and lend themselves to happy playing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn some watercolor basics and simple tips for working with them. Start playing in your new journal, making colorful borders and backgrounds, plus more. Get ideas on what to paint and how to maintain a rewarding journaling experience. A portable watercolor set, a journal and 2 brushes are yours to take home and continue with the fun. Teacher: Lynda Fishbourne

This is an online recorded class you can take in the comfort of your own home. Immediate registration and kits are mailed out. Register for our most popular class here.

 

CREATIVE ARTS CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

One Word Intention

Start the year off right with a visual reminder of what your intentions or focus will be. In this class everyone will learn to paint their chosen word of the year in a fun pop art style. All materials included.

January 28th 1:30p – 3:30p $50

Japanese Stab Binding

Discover the rhythmic art of stitched bookmaking with the Japanese Stab Binding Class. In this workshop you will explore one of the oldest forms of bookbinding with two basic Japanese stab bindings—the Noble (Kangxi) Binding and the Hemp Leaf Binding. The beauty of these books is in all the small details from the stitching to the decorative corners and simple cover embellishments. Take home two 9.5” x 5.5” writing journals. You will be guided step by step to create your journal with a soft cover. All materials are included.

January 21st 10 – 12:30p $65

Woven Paper Collage

Let's weave paper into one-of-a-kind notecards for special family and friend. Taught by the fantastic Ladyfish Pirate, aka Lynda, who is also our watercolor journaling teacher. The heart of a multimedia artist, she breaks down collage and upcycling to inspire your letter writing, journaling and creative journey. All you need to make creations like these will be supplied for your use at the workshop. If you have decorative card stock or papers, old watercolors you don't like, or even photocopies, bring them with you to cut up and weave into something new. 

February 4th 10a – 12p $65

Pretty Folded Pockets

Pockets are great for tucking messages into special places in your journal or storing small scrapbook items you don’t want to lose. Add space to your journals and cards with creative pockets. No stitching or gluing in this two-hour workshop. We’ll create a small book of pockets to store small stamps and ephemeral and explore other basic pockets to add to your journals or cards to make them special. All supplies included.

February 18th 10a – 12p $50

Painted Paper Collage

Learn how to make original gelli printed collage papers and turn them into unique postcard art. Gelli printmaking makes monostyle images without a press. You can use all sort of textures and achieve results that look like they took hours. Incredibly easy and versatile, Monica will help you create one-of-a-kind collages and more. You will walk away with several postcards to frame or send via snail mail. Get inspired to make your holiday cards this year! All materials included. Held in The Cottage. Instructor: Monica Simon

February 11th Saturday 1:30 - 3:30p

CREATE CHANGE NOW: SELF-DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

 

Finding Your Ikigai

What Do You Wake Up For?

The process of allowing the self's possibilities to blossom; of finding the intersection of your heart's desire and the world's needs. This self-development workshop will help you find your true purpose in life and aid you in your life's passion. You will walk away with a fresh perspective and a roadmap for your future, personally and professionally. This is a live, virtual experience via Zoom. Materials will be sent ahead of time. Space is limited due to the intimate and interactive nature of the workshop.

Coming Spring 2023

 

 

*THE FINE PRINT/OUR POLICIES:

Registration required for all classes. Please register for all classes either on the phone, in the studio, or online – space is limited and some classes fill up quickly. We need a minimum number of students to hold any class. Payment is due in full when registering. Paper Seahorse reserves the right to cancel a class at any time. If this happens you will be refunded or can sign up for the next class available. 

Proper notice helps teachers plan and allows others to take the class. A full refund will be given with proper notice. However, if you do not give notice, there will be no refund. There are no make-up classes. To receive a refund, class cancellation must be requested two weeks prior to the class date. Cancellations made seven days to 72 hours before the class will receive store credit. Due to the nature of planning and material prep, if you do not give notice, there will be no refund.

Classes start promptly on time. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled. If you arrive 15+ minutes after the class starts, you will have to reschedule and there will be no refund. Classes are appropriate for ages 13 and up, unless otherwise noted.


 

 

Private, Group Lessons And Parties Available

If you are unavailable to attend a scheduled class, we can hold any class on the schedule with a minimum of five students. Private party classes have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12.  Want to have a girls’ night out?  A friends’ crafternoon? We offer birthday parties (adults/kids) wedding and baby showers, too.  Contact us today to set up your next class via phone: 813.251.8096, email:hello@paperseahorse.com or better yet, stop in the studio, we’d love to meet you!

 

ABOUT THE PAPER SEAHORSE
The Paper Seahorse is a studio for creativity and mindfulness. Helping solve the digital dilemma is our specialty.  Curating handwritten and handmade experiences, we are dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit and the makers.From stationery finds, creative classes and special events, we have the tools to help you digitally detox.Mindfulness starts here with us.

Specialty Stationery

We offer a carefully curated collection of modern and nostalgic goods for the art of writing, paper and presentation.  These include: fountain pen friendly stationery, letterpress, writing instruments and accessories.

Creative Classes

For the maker and curious creative looking for new creative expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun. These classes are also perfect for girls’ night out, date night, parties and special events.  All materials and refreshments are included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart.  We also offers creative classes, pop-up events, wedding and baby showers as well as birthday parties for kids little and big.

Tampa Type: Typewriter Experiences

Our signature “writing bar” consists of a curated selection of typewriters from the 20’s to the 70’s ready for creating. We also specialize in customizing typewriter rentals for photo shoots props/display and parties. Tampa Type has the largest inventory of restored vintage typewriters for sale in Florida. Tampa Type’s permanent home is The Paper Seahorse.