Posts Categorized: Book Arts

Introduction to Paper Marbling

This class meets for two consecutive days: Tuesday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 6th

Paper Marbling is a design technique that has been used by paper artists since the 12th century. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and carefully transferred to paper to produce mesmerizing patterning, similar to smooth marble. Marbled paper is art on its own, but it can also be used as book covers, end papers, and as a base for handmade prints.

In this two-day workshop, students learn the complete process, from preparing marbling baths to creating a range of patterns on paper. On the first day, students prepare paper for the marbling process by applying mordant to paper, setting up baths, and creating marbling combs. On the second day, students return to prepare pigments and pull their own paper. Every student will create five original pieces of marbled paper, each featuring a method of marbling, such as stone patterns, combed patterns, free hand, and the application of stencils as a resist.

Bookbinding: No-Sew Books

This class is the perfect introduction to bookbinding. Students will learn the basic vocabulary and tools of bookbinding, and the core skills needed to recreate a variety of book structures on their own. The workshop will address various ways to cut and fold paper to make an economical book from a single sheet of paper. Another glue-less binding that will be introduced is the concertina book–a basic structure with endless variations. Students will learn to use a guillotine to cut book pages and a nipping press to flatten and add a professional touch to their books. This workshop is great for people who create comics, poetry, prose, enjoy journaling, or would like to add a narrative or sculptural element to their prints.

Bookbinding: Hardcover Case Binding

Hardcover books are elegant and frequently sought after structures. Use this class to learn how to make your own journals, sketchbooks, diaries, etc.

This class is designed for people with beginning to intermediate bookbinding experience to delve into more advanced techniques. Students will learn how to sew folded signatures, how to sew onto tapes, how to create a cloth bound case, and “case in” a sewn book block. This class will focus on learning the technique of case binding and will explore on the basics such and importance of paper choice, tools and vocabulary. Previous bookbinding experience is encouraged but not necessary.