Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques

Course Dates: 24/04/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, dip dyed papers, rubber stamps and Japanese marbling for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
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Course Code: VD201

Mon, day, 24 Apr - 24 Apr '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

On this course you will learn a range of techniques for creating attractive, personalised papers for bookbinding and other craft projects. You will be able to try out Suminigashi (Japanese marbling), making paste papers and dip-dyeing techniques to create your own beautiful papers. You will also be able to add further decorative techniques to your papers by using rubber stamps which you will learn how to make. There will be plenty of examples to inspire you and by the end of the day you will leave with a stack of papers and some ideas for how to use them.

What will we cover?

- Paper grain and paper types
- Suminagashi marbling
- Paste papers
- Simple paper dyeing technique
- Making and printing with rubber stamps
- Experimenting with combinations of techniques.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Make paste papers
- Make Suminagashi papers
- explore a range of dyeing techniques
- make and use rubber stamps
- experiment with combinations of techniques
- recognise the importance of grain direction and suitability of paper types for specific processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in making decorative papers using the techniques described. No experience is necessary but a willingness to experiment will be an advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through demonstration, practice and discussion as a group, and individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. This is a one day course designed to introduce a range of decorative paper techniques which you will be able to use at home when the course is finished. Information about materials and equipment will be supplied.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All tools and materials will be supplied but if you wish to supplement this with your own papers for further experimentation then please do bring them. A pencil and notebook will be useful and an apron, as some of this course is quite messy.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Bookbinding - general
- VD338 paper marbling
- VD330 Start bookbinding
- VD440 Start bookbinding
Bookbinding - specialist
VD410 Beginning miniature binding
VD361 Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques
VD285 Crossed-structure and criss-cross binding
Book arts
VD288 Book arts: experimental structures
VD290 Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
VD292 Bookbinding: Learn to bind artists' books
VD355 Bookbinding weekend: Notebooks and folders.

Sue Doggett Tutor Website

Sue Doggett is an artist who creates hand-made books and bindings. She gained a first class honours degree in Visual Studies and Art History from Oxford Brookes University in 1985 and an MA in Design from Brighton University in 1998. She received the World Craft Council Award for Contemporary Craft in 1994 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. She has lectured and led workshops in book arts in the UK, Europe and the USA and is currently teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts and is a bookbinding and book arts tutor at City Lit. As an exhibiting Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Sue works to public and private commission including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and she is the current editor of ‘The New Bookbinder’ journal. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA and can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library, The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol and Manchester Metropolitan Museum.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.