In this workshop, you will learn how to transform remnants of canvas & metal into this sweet little art book. This project is appropriate for everyone. Whether
you are just starting out or an accomplished artist, it can be as simple or as
complex as you’d like. The actual construction of the book is very simple &
requires no sewing or math skills. The book measures approx.. 5x5, but will
most likely be larger after adding tabs, pockets & found objects. In addition to
learning how to construct this book, you will learn how to create yummy
surfaces with texture & depth, how to integrate your images with paint &
design, and how to add tabs, pockets & mini books. You will also learn
alternative methods for connecting found objects without using glue.
Use this book to document your travels, or any other relevant event in your
life, it will be treasured for years to come.
Supplies Needed to Bring to Class:
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
WHITE GESSO at least 6 oz.- Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso, White, Medium
Bodied. This is a thick gesso that is available here...
You will need this thicker gesso to achieve texture.
CRAFTERS PICK GLUE- Sorry, you will need to bring both glues. One is for
gluing paper/pages together, one is for adhering metal to the cover
Two 6x6 THIN METAL PIECES for the covers, thin copper or brass (26-28
gauge) One piece will be cut for 2 covers. You can find this at at ACE
Hardware, please choose this size- .010 x 6 x12
Or you can use cut up vintage metal tins, the flatter & thinner your metal is,
the easier it will be to work with.
A few inexpensive thick BRUSHES to apply gesso & glue, approx.1 inch, plus
one detail brush
A variety of small & medium FOUND OBJECTS. Think metal springs, tabs,
bingo pieces, brass stencils, rusty stuff, chain, buttons, sign letters.... The
possibilities are endless!
SMALL BRADS, available at craft stores
ADIRONDACK RE-INKERS DYE INK-(NOT ALCOHOL INK) 2 or 3 bottles of
your favorite colors. These have been discontinued, but you might be able to
find them by doing a google search. If you are able to find them or if you have
some, please bring them along. If not, you can substitute 2 or 3 SMALL
bottles of acrylic paint. We will be using the paint & ink to stain the paper
A variety of EPHEMERA, paper & small images that are meaningful to you.
Several small RAGS
(I will have several to share, if you don’t want to wait please bring your own)
A CRAFT HEAT GUN
A CROP-A-DILE if you have one
STAMPS OR STENCILS with a bold design (script, patterns, or hand carved
stamps all work well for this project). I will have plenty to share
$25 kit fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes.
a prepared book
block, extra canvas, cheese cloth, images, ephemera, wire, hardware & use of
instructors hand carved stamps & tools, paints
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. To order supplies, contact Maria Ralaigh