Hi Ladies - I'm calling all Bay Area art makers and crafters - Stephanie Lee is teaching at Teahouse Studios in Berkeley on November 5th and 6th. It promises to be an amazing couple of days (with lunch included!). You could make this fabulous plaster book and learn TONs of things from Stephanie - one of the most talented artists around!! I took this post directly from the Teahouse Studio blog to share with you what you can expect if you sign up - the deadline is this Friday - October 28th. PLEASE don't miss it!!
(The following photo and text are directly from Teahouse Studio's blog found here).
When we write our thoughts, ideas and workings of our human mind on the pages of our journal, we are asking the journal to serve as a substrate for the medium in which we create the artwork of our mindscape. There is a sort of heft to the emotional work that is done within the pages of the journal that serves as the counterbalance to living consciously. It is the heft that births a lightness of being.
The Journal as visual art is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination and in this workshop, we are going to represent that lightweight heft through thick plaster encrusted pages that look MUCH heavier than they really are. We will explore and educate ourselves about plaster as we combine it with recycled materials to build sturdy books.
All the techniques you will learn in this class can also be easily combined with other book making techniques as well as be translated to building your own painting substrates, boxes and more. I will guide you through various hinging and containment options, surface treatment, and methods for converting the technique to serve as functional covers to a paper-paged journal.
Expect to take home a lighter-than-it-looks blank journal that is ideal for a wide range of mediums.
- 4 rolls of plaster gauze; 4 inch width (also called Rigid Wrap, Plaster Cloth, or casting bandage. Wider is fine and 3 rolls would be plenty)
- 10-20 pre-cut corrugated cardboard pieces in whatever size you want the pages to be. For this class, I recommend not going larger than 5X7”. Heavy Gel medium
- A few of your favorite colors of acrylic paints
- Water container for brushes
- A couple of paint brushes 1-2” wide
- A few Laser or toner copied images in black and white or color
- Masking tape (feel free to wrap five feet or so around the end of a pencil and bring that instead of a whole roll)
- 2-3 rags (you will really be glad you have these!! Terry cloth dish towels are my favorite)
- a few (2-4) strips of fabric roughly 3 inches wide x 36 inches long
- Heat gun or hair dryer
Instructor will provide:
- Alternative hinging materials
- Plastic bags to carry pieces while traveling
- Misc tools and supplies for group use
I’m a seeker and a finder, an asker and a listener, a poet and a mute. I intend and aim to live consciously. I live for the biggest little things – for wide skies, getting up early to see the sun rise, my girls’ laughter, my man’s faith in me, and for learning. Can’t get enough of it. I love making things that remind others of their inherent beauty through a sideways sort of resonance that feels a bit like a gentle nudge from a friend saying “yes, you’re doing pretty darn well. Keep on shining.”
Having taught sold out workshops all over the United States and internationally, I’m often humbled and inspired by the power of collective creative energy and support. I love gardening, sewing, cooking, making things, generally being domestic, reading and writing and writing about what I’m reading. I eat peaches over the sink. My insides like to boogie while my outsides keep a cool front. I love green shoes and wearing them while perhaps driving a little too fast because I like the way my stomach tickles when I go over that one little hill…
You can learn more about me on my blog as well as glean some new skills from my book “Semiprecious Salvage” (Northlight Books, 2008) – an adventure in making found object jewelry. Keep your eyes peeled for my newest book "Plaster Studio" (Northlight Books, 2011 – co-authored with Judy Wise).