Saturday 8 August 2015

Artists' Books Workshop

I have spent the last three days at a workshop on making an Artist's Book.   There was the possibility of monoprinting as well.

Starting at the end of the 3 days here are some of the things I made.   Those pictured are finished books but I also have some sample patterns for books.

I tried out various things and then settled on making this book.   It started off being a black and white book but then gave up on the black!

I started by folding and accordian style spine and cutting out folded shapes.

There was a large printing press which was a bit like an overblown Cuttlebug or Big Shot.  So I experimented with putting damped paper through it with a stencil laid on it.  It's quite difficult to see the embossing but here it is:

The embossing shows up better on this because as you know I don't clean my stencils and the damp paper refreshed the spray ink that was left on the stencil.  So the paper became slightly pink.

Then I cut out some of the shapes using a scalpel.

I stitched the folded pages into the concertina spine.  There's lots of photos because I rather like the sculptural effect with the book and the shadows.

I doubt the book will ever have anything written in it but it was fun to make.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow, that is beautiful, love the architectural effect in the photo shot from above.

  2. Looks like a fun workshop. Well done you. Who ran it?

  3. I love this book! Looks like you had a great time. :)

  4. It looks lovely Bernice and was a fun course


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