ONLINE Paper Cloth: Mixed Media - Tues 13th September 2022 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tues 13th September 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Tues 27th September 10am - 11am follow up and Q&A
Back by popular demand, this LivePlus™ online workshop is designed for absolute beginners through to intermediate level.
Come and learn a mixed media technique that is great for upcycling all those pieces of paper ephemera you have been keeping (receipts, labels, maps etc.) to make paper-cloth sheets. Then use your sheets to make a handmade soft cover notebook, sewn collage pictures and many other items.
Janina will start the demonstration by showing four simple techniques for decorating your own papers. Then she will show how to make sheets of paper-cloth by laminating decorative, recycled and tissue papers onto muslin. Once dry they can be decorated with paints and inks and she will cover techniques of stencilling, and also making your own foam block stamps.
The sheets cross the boundary between paper and fabric and are quite sturdy, so they can be easily cut, glued and sewn. Janina will show examples of what can be made with sheets included some stitched collages which have been embellished with beads and sequins. She will also demonstrate step by step how to make a pamphlet stitch book with one of the sheets. This is an ideal workshop if you want to try something a bit different and are happy to experiment with the materials.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:
- Selection of appropriate papers to use for paper cloth
- Lamination of muslin, papers and tissue together
- How to make your own stamps
- Introduction to bookbinding skills by making a pamphlet stitch booklet with closure
Equipment & materials list
This list is for guidance only. You may decide that you have tools or objects that will do the job just as well. You needn't have the tools whilst watching the live demonstration – this is the time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will get the link to the recording. This then gives you maximum flexibility to choose how you want to approach this craft.
For decorating your own papers
- Printer weight paper
- Wax crayons, textured surfaces, inks or dye based paint eg Brusho, and large paint brush
- Sharpie or other waterproof pens
- Stamps and waterproof ink pads eg Stayzon
- Newspaper and / or plastic to protect your table
- Waxed paper - I use the waxed paper from cereal packets
- Muslin or similar open wave fabric
- Decorative papers, including those you have decorated yourself, also recycled papers, scrapbook papers, music, text, magazine images, paper ephemera eg old menus and tickets. Thinnish papers work best
- White tissue - the tissue that comes inside shoe boxes normally works very well
- PVA glue – any brand
- Large brush eg 1 inch decorating brush
- Iron, and protective layers for ironing eg teflon sheets
- Inks or dye based paint eg Brusho ie runny paint
- Acrylic paint – any brand
- Sponge to apply acrylic paint
- Funky foam – from the kids section of Hobbycraft
- Double sided tape
- Board eg scrap greyboard or foam core board or the back of sketch pads
- Cutting mat, cutting knife and metal ruler
- Paper for inside pages – I use sugar paper
- Awl or braddle for making holes
- Sewing thread – I use linen thread
- Large eye tapestry needle
- Bone folder – or you can use your fingernail
- Sewing kit including decorative threads, sequins, beads and buttons
- Optional sewing machine
Links to suppliers
Paper, PVA glue, double sided tape, other tools:
Jacksons - https://www.jacksonsart.com/
Art van go - Printing Supplies - Art, Craft and Textile Supplies (vycombe-arts.co.uk)
Funky foam, foam core board, needles, sewing thread:
Hobby craft - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Bookbinding tools (bone folder, clip knife, awl, decorative papers, linen thread):
Hewit - https://www.hewit.com/
Shepherds - https://store.bookbinding.co.uk/store/