Friday, May 3, 2013


Beautiful  Books  Workshop
Learn how to create your own books like these


 Louise Kirby from

 Is hosting a fabulous weekend workshop
 at the Grafton Art Club.
365 Dobie St, Westlawn.

Dates: June 1st and 2nd
Times : 10 – 4 pm
Cost: $70
Bookings: Phone: 6647 3194
mobile: 0458 455 612
email: rivergirlart@bigpond.com

Beautiful  Books  Workshop
Things to bring~

We will be making 2 coptic bound books this weekend using a mix of new and repurposed supplies.
Please bring along anything you would like to include, I know some of you have old art works on lovely paper and I encourage you to repurpose those if you would like too.
I will be supplying one large sheet of Stonehenge printmaking paper ,enough for the book we will make on day 1, you can buy another sheet or two on the day  if you would like to make a book with more pages of this wonderful paper.
Papers- The book we are making on day 2 will be using a quirky collection of papers, I know some of you have collections of things you want to use and this is the workshop we will use them in. I like to include various new papers – various weight sketch paper in white and black, water colour papers, the last few pages I have left in a pad of any art paper, 12 x 12 scrap book papers and various  coloured printer paper and card stock, graph paper, velum, wallpaper etc  then I add a selection of repurposed pages, old art works or pages I have used to protect the surface I am working on- any size is useful, repurposed pages from books, old text books, old atlas pages, these pages need to be roughly A4 or larger when lying flat and its best to avoid shiny surfaces other than that you can include anything.
Cardboard- we will be using this for our book covers, I have used lots of things including cereal boxes, mat board off cuts from the picture framers, repurposed book covers, any stiff cardboard is suitable and we will be covering it so it does not matter what it looks like.
Tools and other items – if you don’t have all of these don’t worry we can share them.
 Awl (or a heavy needle and a wine  cork) , fine hole punch, ruler, decorative serviettes ( these will be the cover on one of your books) book binding cord or  embroidery floss in assorted colours, glue-you want a fairly dry,  glue impasto gel or acrylic mat medium, paint brushes -broad and fine, acrylic paints- brights and black and white , inks, stamps, stencils, artist markers gel pens etc.
We will be making an embossed book plate to title our books and will be using a repurposed champagne foil or yoghurt container tops.



 Workshop Program

Day 1
 -  Fold and tear Stonehenge paper,  and assemble signatures
-cut covers from cereal or mat board or other cardboard
-make book covers using serviettes
-dry
-paint and doodle cartridge papers (whenever you have a break – go and work on them)
-bind day 1 book
-finish cartridge papers


Day 2
 – select covers for day 2 book, cut and put aside
-  sort repurposed pages into signatures including cut down cartridge papers, consider pockets and opening flaps
-make covers including a back pocket and a liner
-dry
-make embossed book plate
-bind day 2 book

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