Here are some photos from last weekend’s gilding workshop in Memphis.
Two accordion books featuring techniques learned in class
Lovely collage created by Candice Windham using different techniques from class
Light molding paste applied through a stencil, then coated with foil
Sample of gilding with both traditional and unconventional bases
Putting the “extreme” in gilding
Lettering with a zig glue pen, then covered with foil
In October I learned a new book structure (new to me). It was a book constructed with folded envelopes. Cutting the ends off each envelope created side pockets that are great for holding tags and other inserts. I fell in love with this concept and have been experimenting with it since then. This book combines that idea with experimental gilding techniques. Here are a few photos:
View of several folds:
Another view of several of the pages:
On this page – variegated gold leaf, and gold applied with stamps:
Gold applied over acrylic gloss medium:
Light molding paste applied with a heart stencil, then gold added:
Full sheet of gold leaf applied, then painted over and stamped:
Over the weekend, The Memphis Calligraphy Guild hosted incredible teacher, Rosie Kelly, for two workshops. Saturday and Sunday we learned how to use up our “stash” of old papers. All of us brought in paper scraps we have been saving, and old calligraphy practice sheets. By the end of the first day, we all realized that we had enough stash to create books for the rest of our lives!
This is one of the beautiful books that Rosie brought:
Here are a few photos of the first books we made:
Above: book by Debe Slocum
Above: book by Mary Lou Sherman
Above: book by Ann Rabinovitz
On Monday, we created small accordion fold books, mostly in black and white, using tiny pieces we created by making marks on black and white papers. These books took all day to create and assemble. When we were done, we shared the books, and surprisingly, each one was unique.
Here are some samples that Rosie brought:
Here are the books that we made:
Above: 2 photos of my book
At the end of class Rosie received a huge round of applause. It was one of the best workshops that we have had in a long time.
This week’s project uses dies designed by Brenda Pinnick. We all received the shapes pre-cut. I used some of mine as templates for ornaments. The rest I used as a book of Christmas greetings, using calligraphy that I scanned in and printed onto scrapbooking paper.
The two stamps that I used on the ornaments are still available in my Etsy store.