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SURFACE DESIGN ON METAL & PAPER, for bookmaking & beyond Thursday, August 3, 9:00 AM and
Thursday, August 3, 6:30 PM and
Friday, August 4, 9:00 AM
Leighanna Light $360  
This workshop is 15 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Book-making, Metal-working, Mixed-Media, Painting

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Get ready to play, laugh, learn and have a blast in this informative, messy workshop. You will learn how alter paper & metal as well as how to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal & 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 & 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 & leaf printing, which will later be used as the covers for your book. These are tried & 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 5x7 inch book. I will teach you how to bind this book as well as how to work with found metal, distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.

You will leave with a beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs & writings, along with all information that you need to create more.

Note: Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, so please allow plenty of time for this. I do not sell extra supplies in class. You may not be able to complete the project in class if you do not bring what is listed on the supply list. If you have trouble finding anything, or if you have any questions, please contact me at least two weeks prior to class at lklight@copper.net.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $25.00 includes:
  • canvas book shell
  • sandpaper
  • patina
  • 2 metal covers
  • fibers
  • beads
  • transfer image
  • waxed linen thread
  • needle
  • nuts & bolts
  • glazes & several mark-making tools
  • use of instructors hand carved stamps, stencils & consumables

Student should bring:

  • WATERCOLOR PAPER: Four large sheets (22 x 30). Please bring whole sheets to class, do not cut or tear. I prefer 90-140 lb. cold press
  • WHITE GESSO: Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso, White, Medium Bodied, 16 oz. (Click here!) 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: (not chalkboard paint) or ACRYLIC PAINT. Chalk paint is available at most craft stores & here... I prefer the Americana Decor brand, but any will work
  • RANGER ADIRONDACK DYE RE-INKERS: (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.
  • PVA GLUE, available here
  • PAINT BRUSHES: Two or three 1-2 inch brushes
  • FLAT FOUND OBJECTS: that will be used to decorate your book. Flat pieces work best, textured metal, gears, tabs, brass stencils, rusty stuff, chain, metal findings.
  • METAL FOR THE COVERS: 4 pieces or more of 4 x 6 brass or steel. Metal absolutely must be steel or brass or the process will not work. Thin brass or tin sheet metal is available at ACE Hardware (Click here).


  • I will have several of these for the class to share. If you'd rather not wait or share, please bring your own.
  • A few of your FAVORITE IMAGES printed on a laser copy, around 6x3 inches. I provide one in your kit for learning the image transfer technique, but please bring your own if you want to use your favorites.
  • A HEAT GUN: I will have 2 to share with the class. If it is a large class, you may have to wait, so please bring one if you can.
  • SMALL PIECES OF METAL: if you'd like to experiment more with the metal in the afternoon.
  • STENCILS & STAMPS: I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites.
  • A METAL PUNCH: or a Crop-a-Dile if you have one
  • FIBERS & BEADS: for the spine
  • WAXED LINEN THREAD: I supply white, brown or black, if you'd like another color, please bring it.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: lklight@copper.net
Website: www.leighannalight.com