Helen Shafer Garcia – Watermedia Approaches for Book Structures

Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia

Number of Days: 3 Days Skill Level: All levels Material fee: 20 Maximum Number of Student: 15

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 1or more round watercolor brushes:  #12, #10 or #8½” or 1” flat acrylic brush1 round acrylic brushTransparent Watercolors: pan or personal palette – tube watercolors set in a palette. Avoid round opaque palettes, they will not produce color intensity. #2b pencil  bookbinding  needlesawlscissorscutters (retractible blade disposable kind)cutting mattmetal ruler with cork backingbone folder Color pencilsCheap ballpoint pen Acrylic Matt medium or soft gel Matt medium

Materials Provided by Instructor:

Papers, waxed linen thread, canvas, acrylics, acrylic inks, wood, book covers Prerequisites: 

Instructor Bio:

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist and award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover 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: https://agavelatte.blogspot.com/