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 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.
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
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.