Surface Design On Metal & Paper For Bookmaking & Beyond with Leighanna Light


Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10, 2017
10 am – 6 pm
Student level: All

Ahh, 2 days to explore surface design & bookmaking!

Get ready to play, laugh, learn and have a blast in this informative, messy workshop. You will learn how alter paper & metal as well as how to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal & embellishments.

On day one, you will learn how to create gorgeous surfaces that will be used as the pages for your book. We will experiment with stencils, stamps & inexpensive household found objects to create yummy textures. I will introduce you to resists, glazes, gesso & ink to create depth, contrast & stunning color combinations. You will learn how to make magic out of imperfections, and how to make room for more happy accidents.

In the afternoon I will teach you my absolute favorite techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers & leaf printing, which will later be used as the covers for your book. These are tried & true techniques that I use on most of my art work, whether it be assemblage, book design or figurative sculpture.

On day two, we will tie it all together to create a beautiful 5×7 inch book. I will teach you how to bind this book as well as how to work with found metal, distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.

You will leave with a beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs & writings, along with all information that you need to create more.

There is a $25 kit fee for this class. Kit fee includes metal, canvas book shell, sandpaper, fibers, beads, waxed linen thread, needle, glazes & several mark-making tools, as well as use of instructors hand carved stamps, stencils & consumables

Early bird signup date: July 31 ($250)
Final registration date: Aug 18 ($275)

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Supply List

Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, so please allow plenty of time for this. I do not sell extra supplies in class. You may not be able to complete the project in class if you do not bring what is listed on the supply list. If you have trouble finding anything, or if you have any questions, please contact me at least two weeks prior to class at
  • WATERCOLOR PAPER: Four large sheets (22 x 30). Please bring whole sheets to class, do not cut or tear. I prefer 90-100 lb. cold press.
  • WHITE GESSO: Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Gesso, White, Medium Bodied, 16 oz. This is a very thick gesso that works well for this project. If you have another brand of gesso that is thick (the consistency of yogurt) feel free to bring it.
  • CHALK PAINT: (not chalkboard paint) or ACRYLIC PAINT. Chalk paint is available at most craft stores & Dick Blick. I prefer the Americana Decor brand, but any will work.
  • RANGER ADIRONDACK DYE RE-INKERS: (NOT ALCOHOL INK) 2 or 3 bottles of your favorite earth tone colors. These inks have been discontinued by Ranger, but you might still be able to find some at your local stamp store or online. Please bring them if you have some.
  • PAINT BRUSHES: Two or three 1-2 inch brushes
  • METAL FOR THE COVERS  4 pieces or more of 4 x 6 brass or tin. Metal absolutely must be tin or brass or the process will not work. Thin brass or tin sheet metal is available at ACE Hardware.
  • FLAT FOUND OBJECTS: that will be used to decorate your book. Flat pieces work best, textured metal, gears, tabs, brass stencils, rusty stuff, chain, metal findings.
I will have several of these for the class to share. If you’d rather not wait or share, please bring your own.
  • A few of your FAVORITE IMAGES printed on a laser copy, around 6×3 inches. I provide one in your kit for learning the image transfer technique, but please bring your own if you want to use your favorites.
  • A HEAT GUN: I will have 2 to share with the class. If it is a large class, you may have to wait, so please bring one if you can
  • SMALL PIECES OF METAL: if you’d like to experiment more with the metal in the afternoon.
  • STENCILS & STAMPS: I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites
  • A METAL PUNCH: or a crop-a-dile if you have one
  • FIBERS & BEADS: for the spine
  • WAXED LINEN THREAD: – I usually supply brown or black, if you’d like another color, please bring it.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • Save your seat by making a 50% deposit, but you MUST pay the remaining balance by the final signup date. If you aren’t paid in full, you will lose your seat. Deposits are NOT refundable.
  • The early bird registration gives you a discount on the class price, if you register and pay in full by the early bird date. If you are not paid in full by the early bird date, you will billed the balance on the full price of the workshop.
  • Once you’ve paid for a class, it is your class. You can transfer your seat to someone else if you can’t make it, but there will be no refunds and ABC is not responsible for finding you a replacement.
  • If the class is canceled due to low signups, instructor illness/emergency, act of God, etc., students will be issued a refund (minus any PayPal fees).

Workshop Location

This year we are holding all of Kelly’s workshops at Art Lab Fort Collins.
239 Linden Street (next to Cozzola’s Pizza)
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Parking for Art Lab can be found within two blocks. There is some parking on Linden Street in front of the Art Lab building, but there is a 2-hour time limit. This pdf from the city shows where the parking garages are. Here is a map of the immediate area around Art Lab.

If you have questions, get lost on the way or need assistance the morning of the workshop, please call Tracey’s mobile 970.744.9030.


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