Mixed Papers Junk Journal

with Briana Goetzen
Sunday, March 15; 10am-4pm

Are you a lover of paper who wants a fun way to play with your curated collection? Would it be exciting for you to sort through my stash, too? Let’s gather our papers, paints, and book binding thread! Together we will create a unique junk journal with a variety of papers (old book pages, ledger paper, magazine pages, copy paper, scrapbook paper, tipped in playing cards, envelopes, etc.), all stitched and bound by you! The binding technique will be easy enough for you to repeat at home once class is over. Once the book is bound, we will add painting and writing to alter the existing pages. You will go home with a 3-signature, soft cover junk journal that is easy to transport and is ready for you to continue working in!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

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Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)

with Michael Benedetti
Mondays, March 16-April 6; 6-9pm

This four-week workshop will explore the tools and techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock printing, or Mokuhanga. Participants will generate their own imagery and create either 1-2 single layer or multi-layer prints. Explore the history of Mokuhanga as well as how to create your own prints at home without the use of print shop tools and machinery. Learn traditional Mokuhanga carving and printing etiquette, including how to carve a woodblock, register imagery to print on paper, blending colors, hand printing using barrens and wooden spoons, and how to properly sign and number an edition of prints.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

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19th Century Bookcloth with Natural Dyes

with India Johnson
Saturday, March 21; 9am-5pm

Unlike today’s cloth, bookcloth at the beginning of the 19th century was not backed with paper. Instead, it was coated with layers of dyed wheat starch paste. Learn how to recreate this durable covering material, which can be used for repair, as a leather alternative, or simply for its beauty. The workshop focuses on using natural dyes as colorants because they produce particularly rich and deep hues. However, participants will also learn to use XSL pigments, which are more suitable for conservation applications.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category C or D

$184 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

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Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

Marbling experience required

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, rakes, alum, brushes, ice cube trays (for paints), and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

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Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Friday, April 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tote bag and paper.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Binding a Historic Model: Nag Hammadi

with Jana Pullman
Sunday, March 22; 10am-5pm
All skill levels welcome 

Create a replica of a simple but beautiful early binding. The Nag Hammadi binding takes its name from the Egyptian city where these ancient books were discovered in 1945. Sealed in buried jars, they date from the 4th and 5th centuries and contain early Gnostic religious texts. Like the originals, these models will be made from leather and papyrus, but with a textblock of 21st century paper. The pages are easily replaceable, making for a book you can use over and over again. Leather covers will be decorated using simple tooling techniques.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

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Cartonnage: Desk Caddy

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, March 28; 9am-5pm

Make a handy three-section desktop caddy to keep pens, paper clips, and note paper at your fingertips, as well as making a pedestal caddy for your cell phone. Students will learn the basics of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. Students will also learn simple variations on the basic structure that can develop one simple form into a variety of shapes and sizes. Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for marbled papers. Cartonnage or boxmaking experience helpful but not required.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

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Modern Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29; 10am-5pm
Intro to Marbling and Patterns I required

Take your marbling skills to a new level! In this two-day workshop, learn to make newly-designed, contemporary patterns. Explore how to over marble with intention. Learn to use new combs with different spacing. Inspired by traditional marbling, these patterns bring a familiar but fresh take on a centuries-old art form.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or D

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

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Introduction to Western Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays, April 2-May 7; 6-9pm

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of Western-style papermaking as you process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then, up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions, and/or sizing! Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and on a solid grounding in materials and technique.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A or D, fulfills papermaking requirement

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

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Dirty Works: Map Folds: Bigger on the Inside

with Laurie Jedamus
Friday, April 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Do you want a book to contain a page that’s larger than the other pages? Map folds are an ingenious solution! Create two map folds (Turkish and Hungarian), then stitch them into a simple pamphlet book.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Dirty Works: Suminagashi

with Erin Maurelli
Friday, April 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan. The word suminagashi literally translates to “floating ink.” Create lovely and unpredictable patterns using this ancient decorative technique.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Marbling Wall Art

with Sally Power
Saturday-Sunday, April 4 & 5; 10am-4pm

Go beyond patterns and explore how to make pictures via marbling. These pictures can be applied to a patterned background or a blank background and allows you to further decorate papers for binding or wall art. This class draws on techniques from Turkish marbling (Ebru) but with an American twist. Methods include: how to make the colors more intense, learning to draw/paint by managing the paint on the surface, and using a stylus as well as combs.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

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Letterpress II

with CB Sherlock
Saturday-Sunday, April 4 & 5; 9am-5pm

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book. Letterpress I or equivalent required.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category B

$288 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

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Cross Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, April 9; 6-9pm

This versatile soft cover binding offers endless combinations for weaving front & back covers. The quires are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be made from a single sheet or from any stock of contrasting color or design to create a unique effect. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a journal approximately 6” x 4” in size. This will be an interesting addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

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Building a Historic Model: Islamic Frame Binding

with India Johnson
Saturday-Sunday, April 11 & 12; 9am-5pm

Make a model of an Islamicate leather frame binding held in the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library’s collections. This book form showcases an especially beautiful material, such as cloth or marbled paper, by “framing” it with leather strips on all sides. Participants will sew a textblock with an unsupported link stitch and chevron-style headbands, and cover the binding with goat leather and ebru marbled paper.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category B or D

$328 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee