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VA160 - Illuminated Manuscripts Fabric Book

Kate Thompson
9:00 - 4:30
Thursday October 5 & Friday October 6

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$ 295  

I will be teaching you how to make a fabric and vintage ledger paper 4 signature book (15” x 7.5”) with a wood based front and back cover. I will instruct you how to make a Coptic binding technique to attach the book. I will demonstrate how to make dark medieval book covers using iron paint and rusting and patina techniques to make an aged and ancient looking book. I will also show you how to create images on the pages using photo transferring and painting using images and figures seen in the Illuminated Manuscripts Renaissance books.
I demonstrate how to plaster ,gesso and prep our fabric pages as well as incorporating vintage ledger paper. I will demo how to create our metal looking front and back cover. I will also demo how to do the Coptic stitching. We will start the binding with one of the signatures and let the other signatures dry overnight.
The following day we will continue to construct the book and continue working on our pages using mixed media painting and collaging techniques. We will continue working on our pages with paint, stamps, applying plaster with stencils to create beautiful textures. I will also demonstrate how to do metal accents to make the book even more special and precious.
Supplies provided by teacher: stamps, stencils, Illuminating Manuscripts ephemera, watercolors and re-inkers
Kit fee- $25.00 payable to instructor at the beginning of class includes:
Wax linen tapestry needle wire for accents and decoration iron and pewter paint and patina and rust solutions venetian plaster wood pieces with drilled holes for binding piece of vintage ledger paper

Supplies to Bring:
Assorted fabrics for pages (size 15x7.5”) They could be vintage linen and cotton fabrics of various thicknesses laces putty knife Golden open acrylic titanium white paint fluid matte medium gesso wood or craft glue Brushes: ¼ “ angular brushes (golden Taklon) Princeton select (You can pick these up at Michaels, “1 pointed watercolor brush for detail work, a two inch cheap utility brush for applying gesso and matte medium. Pencils and charcoal (2b, 4b, 6b) owl for piercing holes for binding book. 
12- 1/4" or 3/8" buttons, small package of paper clay.
The size of the book is 6" x 12"


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