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2022 Fall Schedule of Workshops & Events

October – December 2022 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 classes policy.*

View The New Fall Schedule of Classes (.pdf)

SPECIAL EVENTS + GUEST TEACHER WORKSHOPS     

SPECIAL EVENT: Spooky Halloween Origami

Celebrate Halloween with learning seasonal origami models. Our Saturday origami teacher Ian is back! He moved to Colorado and we are lucky to have his expertise this holiday weekend. Just for this special event, Ian will teach live and in person and show us how to make spooky origami models. Folding paper is relaxing, mindful and enjoyable. Something we could all use right now. It is a lifetime hobby accessible by everyone at any age. Be warned though, it is addicting and the possibilities are endless. You meet the nicest people and make the coolest things with a piece of paper. Learning origami is like dancing with paper! Instructor: Ian McRobbie

Saturday October 29th 1-3p $35 All proceeds will be donated to a FREE kids origami class this December.

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 and we will send you the online link to join our monthly meet ups! Not sure? Your first meeting is FREE, just call or send us a message.

SPECIAL EVENT: Fountain Pen Day Celebration - What the Ink?

If you have been curious about fountain pens, or need a refresher this introduction is for you. Learn the basics of fountain pens and why they are the best tool for writing. Live online via ZOOM. Link sent after registration. We will be celebrating in person on November 5th at the studio. Look for more updates on social media.

November 4th FRIDAY 11 – 12pm EST FREE Registration required. 

Pelikan Hub 2022

We are this year’s hubspot! This is a global meet up held on the same day all over the world. It is for pen enthusiasts to share and get inspiration. It is a meeting of like-minded people who share a passion for beautiful writing instruments and handwriting. A gathering to geek out on paper and be connected worldwide on one day. Sponsored by Pelikan. There will be giveaways, refreshments and lots of ink and paper.

November 18th Friday 6:30p- 8:30p FREE registration required. Space is limited.

SPECIAL EVENT: Small Business Saturday Celebration

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of surprises. See what is new for TRAVELERS COMPANY, goodie bags for the first 10 registered visitors, discounts on some of your favorite shop items and enter to win a TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK giveaway.

November 26th Saturday 12:30 - 5:30p Save your goodie bag now

SPECIAL EVENT: Holiday Origami

Join us as we make holiday inspired origami that is suitable for cardmaking, letter writing, seasonal décor and tags. Tis the season to get crafty. Handmade and heartfelt make the best gifts. This class is designed for the beginner, kids big and small may attend. This class is a generous donation from the Tampa Bay Origami Group.

December 3rd Saturday 10a – 12p FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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!  

October 15th 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.   

Lettering Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that help your mind prioritize positive thoughts over negativity. These “I am” statements, can be a powerful tool in combating negative thoughts and anxiety. Lettering and then reading positive affirmations helps us internalize their messages. Hang them up around your home or keep them with you in your bag for encouragement. 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. 

November 5th 10a - 12:30pm 

 

WRITING & JOURNALING CLASSES 

Unlocking Intuition
Join us in this community-based writing session exploring intuition as a powerful guide. We will discuss the powerful and mysterious topic of intuition and create pieces of writing (poems or prose, your choice) inspired by it. This workshop is a low stakes, beginner-friendly session for adults who want some creative expression and connection. Your experience includes: an introduction to the topic, collaborative guided discussions, generative writing activities, opportunities for individual consultations (time permitting) and a toolkit with pencil, pen, notebook and other goodies.Instructor: Yuki Jackson

October 15th Saturday 10a - 12p

Watercolor Journaling 101

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. An 18-piece comprehensive kit will all your materials for class is included. Held in The Cottage or outside weather permitting Teacher: Lynda Fishbourne

October 22nd Saturday 10a - 12:30p

Writing Ourselves into Joy

Everyone wants it and it is easier to attain than you think! Tampa poet and educator, Yuki Jackson focuses on empowerment and enlightenment. Join her in this community-based writing session engaging in the radical act of cultivating joy. She will discuss the power of joy and its many forms. Using joy as the theme, you will create pieces of writing (poems or prose, your choice) inspired by it. This workshop is a low stake, beginner-friendly session for adults who crave more creative expression and connection.The class features an introduction to the theme of joy, collaborative guided discussions, generative writing activities , and opportunities for individual consultations (time permitting.) All materials are included. Teacher: Yuki Jackson

November 19th Saturday 10a - 12p

Gratitude Journaling

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.”

This quote reminds us that we can be happy, we just need to recognize what we do have. Did you know it is a scientific fact that when you are appreciative, you cannot be sad? It is impossible for the brain to be both at the same time! Starting a regular gratitude journaling practice is a game changer. It will help you be more mindful and allow you to receive. In this class, your kit will have everything to start and design your very own journal. You will also learn techniques to begin the positive habit of journaling. Gratefulness starts here. 

This is an online, live class presented via Zoom. All materials will be sent ahead of time. The workshop also makes a wonderful group activity or team building across the miles.

November 19th Saturday 10a - 12p EST

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

Mini Origami Books

Learn how to make mini pocket-sized books from recycled cardboard and one sheet of folded paper. They make great gifts and can be used as journals, sketch books or watercolor books. In this two-hour workshop you will have fun, play and loosen up creatively with watercolors on large sheets of paper to warm up. You will learn how to fold your paper into an accordian book sized 3” x 4” with a collaged cover. All materials are supplied. You may want to bring your own watercolors, brushes or any other collage inspiration you would like to work with. (hosted in the cottage or outside weather permitting) Teacher: Lynda Fishbourne

October 8th Saturday 10a - 12p

French Link Stitch Journal

Journaling is about taking time to breath, focus a moment on yourself and gather your thoughts and feelings all in one place. Create your own space with a beautiful handmade journal you design yourself. In this journal bookmaking workshop you will discover the simplicity of the delicately woven French Link Stitch that leaves others to wonder how you did it. You will be guided step by step to create a 32-page mixed media journal with a soft cover. All materials are included in this class. Sign up today to create this elegant journal. Instructor: Claire Formilan of Beyond the Fold Paperie

October 22nd Saturday 10a - 1p

Painted Paper Postcard 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

November 5th Saturday 10a - 12p

Watercolor Journaling 202: Passport to a Daily Creative Practice

Join Lynda at the Paper Seahorse for her second Watercolor Journaling Workshop. This workshop continues where Watercolor Journaling 101 left off. Watercolor Journaling 202 will get you started on the path to a daily creative practice. 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. She will 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. 

Let go and have some fun every day. What better gift to give yourself than a Passport to Your OWN Creative Practice! Includes your kit of: sketchbook, watercolors, brushes, collapsible cup and a ‘zine on Daily Creative Practice. Held in The Cottage. Teacher: Lynda Fish

Saturday December 10th 10a – 12p 

NOTE: This is the first in a series of four with each workshop adding on to the last. Each will have a homework assignment and a review at the next workshop. Each separate class will be held every second Saturday through March 2023. You may register for all or one.

CREATE CHANGE NOW: SELF-DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Magic Mandala Drawing with a One Word Intention

A mandala is an ancient symbol of wholeness and harmony. This workshop will introduce you to the beautiful, meditative and self-reflective process of drawn mandala and give you the tools to create on your own. Through guided exercises, we will work from white to color while connecting to our creative source and the inner artist that resides in us all. No experience necessary. If you can write the letters of the alphabet you can draw a mandala! Have some fun and let your inner artist out. All art supplies will be provided. To be held in The Cottage. Teacher: Lynda Fish

 November 12th, Saturday 10a - 12p

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.