Helen Shafer Garcia – Watermedia Approaches for Book Structures

InstructorHelen Shafer Garcia
Skill LevelAll Levels
Length of Workshop3 days
Date (s)Wednesday–Friday, June 26-28, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 3 days + $20 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$545

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on 2 extraordinary multiple signature book structures. Work with the principles of watermedia surface design in the form of watermedia monotypes, dropped-in watercolor techniques, acrylic ink line symbolism, and collage imagery for development of context in book structures. Focus will be on watercolor monotypes along with surface textures and pattern integration on Masa papers. The monotypes will reflect the concept with additional collage elements and text symbolism. The wooden covers will be designed with wood grain prompts using color pencils and ink.

The first book will consist of a wood cover structure, multiple monotype image signatures with an exposed stitch binding. The second multiple signature open spine end band book will focus on masa paper techniques with a pattern emphasis. 

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • Water container
  • 1+ round watercolor brushes: #12, #10 or #8½-inch OR 1-inch flat acrylic brush and 1-inch round acrylic brush
  • Transparent watercolors: pan or personal palette – tube watercolors set in a palette. Avoid round opaque palettes, they will not produce color intensity.
  • #2b pencil
  • Bookbinding needles
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Cutters (retractible blade disposable kind)
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler with cork backing
  • Bone folder
  • Color pencils
  • Cheap ballpoint pen
  • Acrylic matte medium or soft gel matte medium

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Papers
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Canvas
  • Acrylics
  • Acrylic inks
  • Wood
  • Book covers

Instructor Biography:

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist, and award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover of brochures, garden articles, and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 35 years. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor, book arts, and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US. International locations include New Zealand, France, Mexico, and Canada.

Website: www.agavelatte.blogspot.com