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.
On day one, 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 & ink to create depth, contrast & stunning color combinations. You will learn how to make magic out of imperfections, and how to make room for more happy accidents.
In the afternoon I will teach you my absolute 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 on most of my art work, whether it be assemblage, book design or figurative sculpture.
On day two, we will tie it all together to create a beautiful 5x7 inch book. I will teach you how to bind this book as well as how to work with metal... distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
You will leave with one beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs & writings, along with all information that you need to create more. You will also have enough pages and metal to complete another book at a later time.
There is a $25 kit fee paid to instructor 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. Oh, and whatever else I decide to throw in at the last minute!
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 weeks prior to class at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I ask that you bring these EXACT supplies to class because I have tested them and know they will work for this specific project. I will never ask you to bring something that we won’t be using in class. I am all for experimenting with different materials...at home...but that doesn’t quite work in a class setting. If you bring something other than what is on the supply list, I cannot guarantee that it will work.
WATERCOLOR PAPER: THREE large sheets (22 x 30), bring 4 if you tend to work fast. Please bring whole sheets to class, do not cut or tear. I prefer 90-140 lb. cold press
METAL FOR THE COVERS
3 pieces, 4 x 6 OR LARGER 1 each of tin, brass & copper. This metal is thin enough to cut with tin snips which I will have in class. Metal absolutely must these specific metals or the process will not work, no aluminum please. Please do not cut.
Thin brass or copper sheet metal is available at ACE Hardware...
K&S measures metal by thickness not gauge and it is listed in the product description before the size. A good thickness is .015. The thickness isn’t super important, you’ll need to be able to cut it with scissors.
WHITE GESSO: Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso, White, Medium Bodied, 16 oz.
Please bring a full 16 oz. jar. This is a very thick gesso that works well for this project. If you have another brand of gesso that is thick (the consistency of yogurt) feel free to bring it.
CHALK PAINT: (not chalkboard paint) or ACRYLIC PAINT, a variety of 5 or more colors, small bottles work best. Chalk paint is available at most craft stores & here....
http://www.dickblick.com. I prefer the Americana Decor brand, but any will work.
PVA GLUE, available here…http://www.dickblick.com/products/books-by-hand-polyvinyl-acetate-pva/
A BOOKBINDERS AWL, BONE FOLDER, 12 METAL RULER, a PENCIL & ERASER.
PAINT BRUSHES: Two or three 1-2 inch brushes.
A CUP FOR WATER, BABY WIPES, AN APRON, & a few RAGS
I will have several of these for the class to share. If you’d rather not wait or share, please bring your own.
RANGER ADIRONDACK DYE RE-INKERS: (NOT ALCOHOL INK)
2 or 3 bottles of your favorite earth tone colors. These inks have been discontinued by Ranger, but you might still be able to find some at your local stamp store or online. Please bring them if you have some. These are currently available here: http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/products/inks/ranger/dye
A few of your FAVORITE IMAGES printed on a laser copier around 6x3 inches. Black & white or color, printed on bond paper only (cheap copy paper). I provide one in your kit for learning the image transfer technique, but please bring your own if you want to use your favorite.
A HEAT GUN: I will have 2 to share with the class. If it is a large class, you may have to wait, so please bring one if you can.
STENCILS & STAMPS: I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites.
A METAL PUNCH: or a crop-a-dile if you have one.
FIBERS & BEADS: for the spine.
WAXED LINEN THREAD: I supply white, brown or black, if you’d like another color, please bring it.
RUBBER GLOVES to protect your hands from patina.
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