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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Introduction to Layout: Zines!

with Laura Brown
Saturday, January 25; 10am-4pm

Dive into the details of book layout and mockup making! Bring your ideas, drawings, and text, and turn it all into a small artist book or zine. We will collaborate, talk strategy, materials, form and content. Create a small edition of photocopier books to exchange with the class and distribute on your own.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Quilt and Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch Journal

with Georgia Greeley
Sunday, January 26; 10am-5pm

Learn the two-needle coptic stitch binding with a few flourishes! With instructor support, explore prepping cloth for quilting, beading, and attaching to book board, as well as hand-quilting and cloth beading techniques. Combine these steps into a traditionally stitched, uniquebook.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Origami Hearts

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, January 30; 6-8pm

Heart images and shapes have been a symbol of affection, love, warm-heartedness and even heartbreak since the 15th century. Learn several origami heart models to make into cards, be given as gifts or embellish other artwork. We’ll discuss ways to use hearts to make unique artwork and some examples will be shown.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$40 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Making Natural Inks

with Sarah Peterson
Sunday, February 2; 12-4pm

Learn to make your own inks from plants! Explore using readily available (or foraged) plants to make vibrant natural inks to use in projects. Possibilities include walnuts for a beautiful brown, grape vine for a dark black, or spices and plants to make a variety of colors. Learn what goes into making natural ink and how to modify it for various uses. Participants will go home with several newly made inks.

Certificate: 4 hours, Category D

$80 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Cartonnage: Heart Box

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 2; 9am-5pm

Make a heart shaped box with a fitted lid, perfect for storage and Valentine gift-giving. Class will include discussion on how to make variations on design and size. 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 your marbled papers. In this class, we’ll review the essential elements of making unique containers from book board, then covering those structures with decorative papers. Learn the basics of design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. All structural components will be hand cut in class.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Understanding Creative Commons, the Public Domain, and Fair Use

with Monica Howell
Monday, February 3; 6-9pm

Learn the difference between artworks that are under copyright, in the public domain, and licensed under Creative Commons. Learn the considerations that go into fair use of existing artworks for your own artistic purposes. Learn about the different types of Creative Commons licenses and how you can apply them to your own artwork and publications. Fold a one-sheet Creative Commons primer zine and make a Fair Use Kaleidocycle to take home for reference.
Please note: the instructor is not a lawyer and the information provided in this workshop cannot be considered legal advice.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B or D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $6 supply fee

Steampunk Book Box

with Sarah Ta
Wednesday evenings, February 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

In this course, you will learn how to create a steampunk-inspired book that includes a hand-stitched signature and a box to store small trinkets. Learn new and creative techniques to incorporate such as embossing, stiffening fabric for binding, painting, paper collaging, and decoupage. Participants will walk away with a completed treasure they can share and the skills to make more!

Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$162 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Friday, February 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tea towel 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

Dirty Works: Valentine Postcard Printing

with Laura Brown
Friday, February 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Fall in love withMCBA’s platen presses, perfect for printing small items like postcards. Together, the class will set a few short phrases in wood or large metal type, and print sets of special postcards for sending to the ones you love!

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

Dirty Works: Foil Zines

with Anna Haglin
Friday, February 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Use shiny foil to turn up the volume on an unapologetically loud publication format. Participants will learn how to generate content, execute a layout, print in toner, apply foil, and fold their one-page zines. Each maker will walk away with their own limited edition to distribute in as many venues as possible—letting each idea shine in a new community.

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

Coptic Binding, Two Ways

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 9; 9am-5pm

Coptic binding is an essential and versatile part of a binder’s repertoire. The book opens flat to form a very usable journal or sketchbook for many applications and can be made of traditional or non-traditional materials. Our first version will use wooden covers with the two-needle sewing. For the second, we will wrap book board in decorative paper and learn the four-needle sewing with two colors of thread. Students will learn to use the curved needle technique and will keep the needles for their further use. This historical binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt. Adapting the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, a chain or link stitch was used to bind the sections together. It is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Weekend Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Saturday-Sunday, February 15 & 16; 10am-4pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

with Sara Parr
Saturday-Sunday, February 15 & 16; 10am-6pm 

Jump start your letterpress printing with this weekend intensive! This workshop is perfect for those who want to try letterpress but don’t have time for the six-week workshop or for rusty letterpress printers in need of a refresher. Learn the fundamentals of paper, ink and design by hand setting type, carving a simple linoleum cut, and printing a small edition of broadside prints on MCBA’s Vandercook presses.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

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

Everything is Illuminated: Making Egg Tempera from Scratch

with Anna Haglin
Sundays, February 16 & 23; 10am-3pm

This course teaches the fundamentals of paint-making with powdered pigments. The first course covers the multicultural history of manuscript illumination, pigment history, material sources, and the first steps of paint-mixing. During the second class-session, participants will finish making tempera, and illuminate an image during class. Images for practicing illumination will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own from a previous print or calligraphic project.
*Vegans and those with aural sensitivities please note: we use eggs and the process can be noisy. The powdered pigments used in this process can be toxic if inhaled; masks will be provided.

Certificate: 10 hours, Category D

$180 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee