The Modern Slip Book





Instructor: Bonnie Stahlecker
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

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



Workshop description:

This class will explore the format of slip books inspired by the ancient Chinese books that were made from narrow slips of bamboo tied together with string. In these modern books, the slips will be wider and made from binder’s board. This will provide ample surfaces to carry textured and painted imagery. Participants will first create sample boards to investigate painting techniques and different methods of creating textures using embossed papers and molding gels. Using that research, they will create the layered designs for both sides of their book before linking together the six panels. A custom painted paper carrying case will be constructed to protect and house the book. The finished book is 7” high by 15” wide when displayed. Participants will make one book during the two-day workshop, learn a boatload of painting and texture crafting techniques, and leave with a resource list for all materials and unusual tools used. This class might include some homework.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
2 glue brushes –  medium and small size
folding bone and/or Teflon folder
X-acto knife and new blades
cutting mat
metal ruler – 12”
metal triangle – small, 45-degree
PVA – at least 4 oz.
3-4 paint brushes – flats and rounds
acrylic paints – 5-8 of your favorite colors, small tubes
favorite mark making tools such as calligraphy pens, ruling pens, micro pens, etc.
any reference material that would help with your image making
book weights (paper-covered brick provided by FOBA)
waste paper – newsprint,  9” x 12”, at least 15 sheets

reading glasses
dust mask – for when sanding the binder’s board edges
collage materials—thin only

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binder’s board
thin board
2-ply waxed thread
mat board for the case
pre-lined sample boards
wax paper
various types of molding gels, textured papers, and other texture material
paint mixing and water cups
drying supports
other specialized tools
paste paper tools
hair dryer
handouts and resource list