Tuesday, April 28, 2009

summer class schedule

please join us for these amazing summer classes!

long stitch books may 14th 6:30-8pm - $75
pinatas!!! june 7th 1-4pm- $40
cyanotypes june 14th 1-4pm - $95
gocco printing (class limited to 6) july 19th 1-4pm - $95
pocket and fold books august 2nd 1-4pm - $55
flag books august 23rd - $45

Monday, April 20, 2009


cyanotype printed from a doolie during our last workshop

cyanotype workshop
date: sunday 3rd may 2009
1:00 am - 4:00 pm

cost: $95 in advance, $100 at the door
cost includes all materials, chemicals, and notes. priority will be given to those who register early. please email us to register.

the cyanotype process:
the cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process, was first introduced by john herschel in 1842 and has remained virtually unchanged since its invention.

class objective:
the class will introduce students to the history of the cyanotype process. students will learn how to mix chemicals to make sensitizing solutions and application techniques for coating various papers, fabric, and wood (experimentation is encouraged). images may be created from film, transparencies and/or glass plate negatives. photograms may be created with botanical specimens, feathers, lace, stencils, and other objects (no film, camera, or negatives needed for photograms). most of the class will take place outside, as sunlight will be used to expose the cyanotypes.

because of the small class sizes, this workshop is adaptable for participants of all ages and levels of experience. there will be lots of one-on-one coaching.

tish brewer is a paper conservator interested in historic printing processes and forgeries. she has spent the last few years in several places around the globe, dreaming of ways to mix her two loves of art and science. she is very happy to have returned once again to her longtime home of texas.

please email if you have any questions...

cyanotype flags in our studio...

paste + paint + paper = pretty

paste papers made during our last workshop. thanks to the folks that helped us make a mess that resulted in lovely creations.

Monday, April 6, 2009

:::paste paper & marbling:::april 16th:::

found on flickr. click on the image to see more examples of paste papers...

please join us on april 16th @ 6:30 and explore art of paste papers and paper marbling. the cost is $50 and the class is limited to 6 participants.

paste papers are one of the earliest methods used to decorate paper. from the late 16th century through to the 18th century they were predominately used as book covers and as endsheets. today, paste papers continue to be used in book binding, but may be used as wrapping papers and for various paper crafts.

papers decorated with paste, inks, and paints display a wide ranging amount of complexity and skill level. they may be printed with designs, decorated with freehand brush strokes, or drawn with some tool directly on the colored, paste-covered surface of the paper. click here to learn more and to see examples.

the origin and development of marbling was practiced in japan as early as the 12th century. the first forms of japanese marbling were called suminagashi, or ink floating. delicate, swirled patterns were produced on paper when colors of ink were floated on the surface of the water. the artist would drop circles of black and indigo blue ink into the water, then blow on the surface of the water to produce smoke-like patterns. participants will have the opportunity to marble greeting cards, envelopes, bookmarks, gift tags, and paper scraps. click here to see more!