Basics Series - Paper Marbling and Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

A full-day paper crafting workshop


$180.00 per person



About this experience

Join us for a full-day workshop where you learn this traditional craft. Have loads of fun playing with floating paint on the marbling base and then capture the results on sheets of paper. Use the paper for any paper crafting projects - create greeting cards, bookmarks and gift tags with the paper.

Marbling techniques used to be a well-kept secret by the Venetians. Traditionally, Irish moss is collected from the sea and treated by boiling to extract the sticky substance to make the marbling base. Oil paints were also used as they are vibrant and naturally float on water. The modern artists uses a synthetic substitute for the sticky base and acrylic paints as they are easy to manipulate without the use of solvents.

The second half of the day will be spent learning how to create your own handbound journal using the Coptic stitching technique.Β 

We will go over the Coptic stitching method that creates books that open completely flat.Β The finished book may be used as a journal to capture your thoughts, sketches and musings. You will bring home the book you create as well as a simple kit that could be used to create more handbound books.

Bookbinding techniques are mostly automated these days. There is satisfaction in planning a bookbinding project where the maker decides on the number of signatures, the size of the finished book, the type of binding stitches to use, the materials and supplies used to create the book covers. For those who are looking to experience slow making, bookbinding is a good option as there are a wide variety of techniques to explore. The process may be as simple and as complex as the maker wishes.

Please get in touch with us using the link below to see about scheduling a private class if you are keen to schedule a session not listed in the calendar.

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