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Surface Design For Bookmaking with Metal & Plaster

Leighanna Light
9:00 - 4:30
Wed/Thur March 19-20

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$ 365  

In this workshop I will teach you how to make these simple, fat little chunky books using canvas, plaster, metal & embellishments.
You will learn several metal design techniques including metal transfers, and I will teach you how to create beautiful textures and surfaces using gesso, plaster, paint and ink. You will learn basic bookbinding skills and a variety of my favorite surface design techniques.
This workshop is suitable for those with all levels of experience. The books are approximately 3”x3”, they have a total of 23 pages & we will be making 2 different books.
I love to work in these little books and I would love to show you how to make your very own!
I hope that you will join us for a fun day of art making, connecting and creative fun!


Materials Fee $30  cash paid at beginning of class includes:

plaster, metal hardware,
extra consumables and shipping costs.

Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, so please allow plenty of time for this. I do not sell extra supplies in class. You may not be able to complete the project in class if you do not bring what is listed on the supply list. If you have trouble finding anything, or if you have any questions, please contact me at least two week prior to class at leighannalight@gmail.com

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

PAINT BRUSHES, Several different size brushes, from thin to wide and flat.




-A CUP for paint water.


-ACRYLIC PAINT, 3 or 4 colors of your favorite colors.
I will have some paint to share

-WHITE GESSO: Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso, White, Medium Bodied, 8 oz.
Please bring this exact kind or the process will not work.
-PVA glue



-K&S TIN SHEET METAL, Please bring two 6 x 12 inch sheets.

-COTTON CANVAS, 10 or 12 oz., Please bring six 9x12” pieces.
***Please cover both sides with a thin coat of gesso and please have this done and dry before the beginning of class. It is not possible to do this wrong, just slap some gesso on it and cover the entire piece, front & back.
-WATERCOLOR PAPER, 12x9” pad, at least four sheets. 140 lb. https://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-studio-watercolor-fat-pad/?fromSearch=%2Fsearch%2F%3Fsearchword%3Dwatercolor%20paper%209x12%2C%20140%20lb
-EPHEMERA THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU, Personal and miscellaneous scraps of papers from personal collections, little envelopes, old letters and personal notes, clippings of old journal pages and paintings, etc. No photos, just text, to be used in collage.
-FAVORITE PHOTOS, at least THREE, must be printed on a laser copier on to cheap copy paper, approximately 4 x 3”, black & white or color. No text.


-A heat gun if you have one.

-WAX LINEN THREAD for binding books. I will have black and brown to share, if you have other favorite colors please bring them!

-Sari Ribbon & beads for the spine of your book.

Click here for a printable page

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