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CANCELLED - Book Friday, July 31, 6:30 PM and
Saturday, August 1, 12:00 PM
Leighanna Light $215   
This workshop is 9 hours.

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

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In this 9 hour workshop I will teach you five of my favorite paper surface design treatments. We will be using gesso, ink, paint, glazes, water soluble pencils, stencils and various collage techniques on large sheets of watercolor paper, then tearing them down to create your book pages.

We will spend the majority of the day exploring these techniques on heavy watercolor paper. When we return in the evening we will create our canvas covers and I will teach you how to sew the books.

This is the perfect class for recovering perfectionists or anyone who needs a lighthearted, fun day of art making and learning!

You will leave with 2 soft covered books, each are 8" x 6 1/2" and each book will have 30 writing surfaces.

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

  • $25 includes:
  • Covers for the books
  • Ephemera
  • Special paper & collage material
  • Glaze
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Needles
  • Water soluble pencils
  • Sewing template

Student should bring:

  • Please read the supply list now and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, please allow plenty of time for this as I do not sell extra supplies in class. I ask that you bring these exact supplies to class because I have tested them and know they will work for this specific project. I will never ask you to bring something that we won't use in class. If you have trouble finding anything, or if you have any questions, please contact me at least two weeks prior to class at my email address listed below
  • Watercolor paper: 2 full sheets, 22" x 30", 140 pound hot press. Please bring whole sheets to class, you can roll the paper for travel but please do not cut
  • Gesso, at least 8 oz.: Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso or Liquitex work best, the thicker the better
  • PVA glue, 8 ounces See here
  • Paint brushes: Large 1-2 inch brush and several medium brushes
  • Acrylic or chalk paint, 3 or 4 of your favorite colors; these are my favorite: See here
  • A bookbinder's awl
  • Bone folder
  • 12" metal ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • A cup for water
  • An apron
  • A few rags
  • Scrap paper: It can be an old magazine, copy paper or any discarded paper where you can wipe your brush and glue


  • I will have several of these for the class to share. If you'd rather not wait or share, please bring your own.
  • Ranger Adirondack 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.
  • A heat gun: Please bring one if you own one but don't go out and buy it. I will have 2 to share with the class. If it is a large class, you may have to wait.
  • Stencils: I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites.
  • Baby wipes
  • Waxed linen thread: I supply 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 Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, 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