This comprehensive full-day workshop will first teach you how to ‘paint on water’ using centuries-old marbling techniques to create your own colourful papers – then you will be guided through the process of using your marbled papers to make a beautiful hard-cover book.
The day will be split in two, with a 3.5-hour morning of marbling lead by Lucy McGrath of Marmor Paperie, who will give you a brief history of the craft, the technical ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s, and lots of time for trying it out. Then, after an hour lunch break, Amy Kitcherside of The Idle Bindery will take you through the process of using your marbled papers to create a single-section case binding. You’ll be introduced to some standard bookbinding equipment & tools and be taught the basics of bookbinding.
Students will each leave with a handmade book covered with their own marbled paper as well as any additional marbled papers left over from the morning.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Morning: Paper Marbling Paper marbling is a centuries-old art where paint is floated upon a bath of thickened water and drawn through with various tools to create striking, fluid patterns. In the first half of the workshop, you will learn:
how to make the thickened water
how to prepare paper for marbling
techniques for controlling the behaviour of the paints
how to create a variety of beautiful patterns.
Contemporary paper marbler Lucy McGrath will demonstrate various techniques and talk you through how to recreate them yourself, providing all the tools, equipment and materials you might need to get really experimental. Marbling is great fun but super messy so make sure you wear old clothes (and shoes)! You don’t need to bring anything except a healthy dose of creativity.
Lunch There will be an hour long break at 1pm for you to eat lunch and rest before the afternoon session. Food will not be provided, but there are many cafes and supermarkets in the area where you can buy lunch. You may also wish to bring your own packed lunch to eat.
Tea, coffee, water and light snacks will be provided throughout the session.
Afternoon: Bookbinding Experience the satisfaction of transforming a pile of paper and board into your own single-signature hard-cover book! You will be able to choose four of your favourite marbled papers from the morning session to use for the covers and the endpapers of your book. You’ll also learn:
- how to measure and glue paper and book cloth onto board for future bindings - how to fold and sew a section (“signature”) of paper for the the inside pages - how to attach the inside pages to the cover using endpaper - tips and tricks for creating your own projects at home
Bookbinder Amy Kitcherside will demonstrate every step of the process, and provide all the tools, equipment and materials you will need.
If you need to cancel your booking for any reason, please firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know at least 72 hours in advance of the event for a full refund.
Please note that, due to the sharp tools used in bookbinding, there is a minimum age requirement of 18 years for this workshop.
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