034) Beginners' (and not so beginners') Bookmaking

Explore the ins and outs of contemporary bookmaking, towards making your own professionally (and archivally!) -bound journals, sketchbooks and albums. This workshop will introduce artists to bookmaking techniques—the basics of paperfolding, adhesives, stitching and sewing, and handcraft—to begin to integrate bookmaking into your artistic practice. Even newcomers will learn the basics (and not so basics) of book arts. We’ll work with high-quality materials, easy-to-master skills, and step-by-step processes towards creating a horde of handmade books. No experience necessary, curious beginners encouraged!

ENROLLED STUDENT MATERIAL & TOOL NEEDS:MATERIAL & TOOL NEEDS FOR SESSIONS ONE, TWO & THREE: alternatives when applicable, for cost and availability, are offered in italicized parentheses:

  • 20-30 sheets 8.5x11” Copy Paper 

  • 30 sheets 8.5x5.5” Copy Paper 

  • 3 sheets 8.5x5.5” cardstock or decorative paper (repurposed prints, drawings, paintings on paper)
  • 1 package (50-100pcs) 4x6” index cards 

  • 30-ply Chipboard, 2 pieces cut to 4.25”x3.25”: https://www.dickblick.com/items/13115-2232/ 

  • Waxed Linen Thread (waxed dental floss, embroidery string or ribbon), and appropriate-sized sewing 
needle: https://www.royalwoodltd.com/cat14-17ar.htm 

  • Adhesive and Glue Brush: 6oz-8oz Glue, Glue Brush & Washable Container (Instructor will be using PVA, but Elmer’s White Glue, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Sobo, or Jade glue will be adequate; q-tips/cotton swabs can be used instead of a brush; a small recycled jar will be used to store and dispense diluted adhesive)
  • Bone Folder (butter knife, popsicle stick, old credit card)
  • Awl (or sharp nail, screw, pushpin/T-pin or sturdy needle)
  • Cutting Mat (cutting surface) MATERIAL & TOOL NEEDS FOR SESSIONS FOUR, FIVE & SIX: alternatives when applicable, for cost and availability, are offered in italicized parentheses. These materials will be discussed during sessions one-three.
  • Access to materials and tools from sessions one-three 

  • If you’re making a blank book: 12-24 sheets @ 8.5x5.5” Domestic Etching Paper, or (similar soft 
multimedia paper (BFK Rives, Arches, Johannot)): https://www.dickblick.com/products/domestic- etching-paper/ 

  • If you’re making a book of previous artworks: 12-24 sheets @ 8.5x5.5” cut/torn sheets of artwork, landscape orientation: 8.5”w x 5.5”h 

  • Decorative Paper to serve as interior endpapers between text block and cover, 4 pieces @ 5.5”x11”; this should be medium weight (a little thicker than copy paper) and opaque when held up to light 

  • Decorative Paper to serve as an exterior cover, 1 sheet @ 24”x10”; this should be medium weight (thicker than copy paper) and opaque when held up to light 

  • Lightweight fabric scrap 5”x3” (cheesecloth, tarlatan)
  • 30-ply Chipboard, 2 pieces cut to 5.75”x.5” AND 2 pieces cut to 5.75”x8”: 

  • Waxed Paper or Parchment Baking Paper 

Roll of paper towels
Pencil & Eraser
X-acto Knife/Scissors
Windex/Glass Cleaner and Sponge
Weight (1 clean or wrapped brick, a few heavy books, boards)

Newsprint/scrap paper, 8x10” or larger (copy paper) 12-18” Ruler
Dish Soap
Binder’s Clips, Bulldog Clips, Clothespins, or Paper Clips

If you have any questions or concerns about the materials listed above, do not hesitate to reach immediately to Dave DiMarchi, at 9INHANDPRESS@gmail.com.