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Portland, OR 2023 - April 11 - April 19, 2023

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Surface Design on Metal & Paper

Leighanna Light
9:00 - 4:30
Sun/Mon April 16-17

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$ 365  

Get ready to play, laugh, learn and have a blast in this informative, messy workshop. You will learn how to alter paper and metal as well as how to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal & embellishments.  First you will learn how to create gorgeous surfaces that will be used as the pages for your book.  We  will experiment with stencils, stamps & inexpensive household found objects to create yummy textures. I will introduce you to resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. You will learn how to make magic out of imperfections, and how to make room for more happy accidents!  I will teach you my favorite techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers & leaf printing, which will later be used as the covers for your book. These are tried & true techniques that I use in most of my art work, whether it be assemblage, book design or figurative sculpture.  We will tie it all together on the second day to create a beautiful 5x7 inch book. I will teach you a simple bookbinding stitch and you will learn how to attach the metal cover without using glue.  You will leave with a beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs & writings, along with all information that you need to create more. You have enough pages and metal to complete another book at a later time. 

Materials Fee $30 paid at beginning of class includes:

A canvas book
shell, sandpaper, fibers, waxed linen thread, needle, metal tools, finishing
coat, glazes & several mark-making tools, as well as use of instructors
hand carved stamps, stencils & consumables.

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

IMPORTANT! Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. I do not sell extra supplies in class and 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 lleighannalight@gmail.comeighannalight@gmail.com


PVA GLUE: 4 oz.

SMALL IMAGES & EPHEMERA: a wide variety to choose from, 6x3 inches or smaller.

SMALL FOUND OBJECTS: a nice variety, used to embellish your deck.

SCISSORS, a few medium size PAINT BRUSHES & a CUP for paint water.

SMALL CRAFT BRADS: Michaels is a good source, they look similar to tiny paper fasteners.

2 or 3 of your favorite ACRYLIC PAINTS... These cards are small so you don't need a lot. If everyone brings a SMALL amount of 2 or 3 colors & is willing to share, there should be plenty to go around.



A HEAT GUN: if you have one. I will have 3 to share.
A CROP-A-DILE or a METAL PUNCH: if you have one. I will bring several to share.
This is a wonderful Ranger product that has been discontinued. If you have some, please bring them, I will have some to share.
***Pigment re-inkers & Alcohol inks are NOT the same & will not work.

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For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.

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