Paper Inlays and Onlays for Book Covers

with María Carolina Ceballos
Wednesdays: March 8, 15, 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Inlays and onlays are pieces of paper adhered to the cover of a book as a decorative element. In this virtual workshop, learn how to create paper inlays and onlays for book covers or as standalone, one-of-a-kind art pieces. Learn how to prepare the book cover or plaquette by creating a background, then build figurative or abstract imagery over the background with paper of various thicknesses, transparencies, and shapes. Participants will come away with techniques needed to decorate bindings with paper found around their home or from a local art store. No previous experience needed, but some knowledge on how to use adhesives, along with familiarity working with handmade and decorative papers (or paper other than commercially produced copy paper), is helpful. This workshop is for beginner book artists and paper enthusiasts.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$130/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$65 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 3/2 at midnight (CT).