Surface Design on Metal and Paper for Bookmaking & Beyond




Instructor: Leighanna Light
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

Date: Saturday, Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2019


Workshop description:

Ahh, two days to explore surface design & bookmaking!  Get ready to play, laugh, learn, and have a blast in this informative, messy workshop. You will learn how to alter paper and metal and we will make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal, and 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, and 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 and leaf printing, which will later be used as the covers for your book. These are tried and 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 5” x 7” 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 a beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs and writings, along with all information that you need to create more. You will also have enough pages and metal to complete two other books at a later time.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
watercolor paper – 3 or 4 large sheets (22” x 30”). Please bring whole sheets to class, do not cut or tear; 90 or 140 lb. cold press
white gesso – Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Gesso, white, medium bodied, 16 oz. Please bring a full 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 or acrylic paint – not chalkboard paint ­– Chalk paint is available at most craft stores or Dick Blick. I prefer the Americana Decor brand, but any will work
PVA glue
a bookbinder’s awl
bone folder            
12” metal ruler
pencil and eraser
paint brushes – two or three 1”- 2” brushes
plastic container for water
baby wipes
a few rags  
metal for the covers –3 pieces, 4” x 6” or larger of brass, copper and tin, thin enough to cut with tin snips which I will have in class. Metal absolutely must meet these specific metals or the process will not work. No aluminum please. Thin brass or sheet metal is available at ACE Hardware.
                   Brass —
                   Copper —
K & S measures metal by thickness not gauge and it is listed in the product description before the size. A good thickness is .010. The thickness isn’t super important; you’ll need to be able to cut it with scissors.

a few of your favorite images printed on a laser copier, around 6” x 3”. I provide one for learning the image transfer technique, but please bring your own if you want to use your favorites.
heat gun – I will have two to share with the class. If it is a large class, you may have to wait, so please bring one if you can
stencils and stamps – I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites
metal punch or a Crop-a-dile if you have one
fiber and beads
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
Ranger Adirondack Dye Re-inker – 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.

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
canvas book shell
waxed linen thread
metal tools
finishing coat
several mark-making tools
use of instructor’s hand carved stamps, stencils and consumables.