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Expressing Yourself Through Artists' Books Workshops

Expressing Yourself Through Artists' Books Workshops

Courtesy of Ginger Burrell

Express yourself through writing and art-making techniques. Each week we’ll make a new handmade book with content we’ve created with words and images. We’ll make small collages, paint with acrylics, and use gelatin plates for printing. We’ll use writing techniques such as list-making, metaphors and word association. You’ll learn how to make three book forms:  Long-Stitch Binding, an Accordion Book, and a Pop-Up Book. Illustrated step-by-step instructions are included so you can make more books with your own ideas.

Student Supplied Materials: lined paper or notebook, bone folder, scissors, small paint brushes, archival black fine tip marker (not a Sharpie), ruler or quilt ruler, pencil, eraser, awl, self-healing cutting mat at least 12” x 18”, X-acto knife and extra blades, magazines to cut up. Optional: brayer, colored pencils, archival fine tip markers in assorted colors.

Instructor Supplied Materials: All papers for books and covers, acrylic paints, glue, glue brushes, waxed linen, needles, beads, gelatin plates, waxed paper, tools to share, illustrated step-by-step instructions.

About the Instructor
Ginger Burrell is an artist and teacher. She has her BFA in Photography from San Jose State University’s school of Art and Design. Ginger has been teaching book arts for ten years and still loves the “aha” moment when students discover their own book making talents. Ginger’s primary medium is artists’ books. Her work includes photography, monotype and composite imagery and explores a range of topics from the personal, to the political, to the universal. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her books are held in private and public collections. Ginger lives in Morgan Hill, California with her husband, Greg, and “too many” cats.