A Library of Memories
Seth Apter, Instructor
June 8-11, 2017 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $20
In this very special, 4-day art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, bookbinding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. In addition, we will be taking the workshop outside the classroom, visiting a number of destinations on the Island for both creative inspiration and supply gathering.
Using cradled panels, you will start by making a hinged container that will be layered in paint and covered with objects and materials. Inside, we will work on filling one niche with an assemblage of objects while at the same time learning approaches to dimensional collage, attachment techniques, and more. A handbound book, made in the workshop and fully removable from the container, will fill the space in the other niche. Your “Library” can be themed or unthemed and will truly reflect your style, whether vintage, modern, bohemian, eclectic, or other.
Student supply List:
Book covers for your handmade book – matching front and back covers from a hard cover book, separated from the book block and spine, sized no larger than 6.5 x 9 inches. Choose a cover that you like as much of it will show on your completed book.
Cardstock – 4 8.5 x 11 inch sheets in your choice of color for your book
Acrylic paint – Assorted colors, including a selection of metallics
Water container and paint pallete
Paint brushes – several detail brushes for painting and several large brushes (½ or 1 inch cheap bristle brushes are perfect) for painting and gluing
Adhesive: bring two types of your favorite – one for adhering paper (for example white glue, matte medium, PVA, glue sticks) and one for adhering metal and other heavier materials (my favorite non-toxic brand is Liquid Fusion and my favorite toxic brand is Loctite)
Scissors and/or craft knife and cutting mat
Flotsam & Jetsam – embellishing your container and book is where you can stretch your creative muscles and let your inner artist out. Anything goes. Bring in your choice of paper (ephemera, magazine and book pages, hand painted paper, scrapbook paper, handmade paper, etc), photographs, fabric scraps and/or trim, loose book covers, decorative and/or masking tape, your own small drawings, bling, die cut frames, alphabet and design stickers/rub ons, favorite pens and markers, lightweight metal pieces (hardware, watch parts, gears, pocket watch-cases, brass stencils, jewelry pieces, commercial embellishments, metal findings, brads, etc), found objects, etc. See images of workshop sample for examples.
Instructor will provide: cradled panels, hardware (hinges, clasps, screws), drill, heat gun, awls, tin snips, craft wire, needle and thread, double sided tape, book board, assorted ink pads, alphabet stamps, leafing pens, assorted mixed media materials, and all basic supplies on the list.