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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets for Two Consecutive Thursdays Feb 4th and 11th, 6-8pm ET

Collagraphy is a simple method of printmaking using a board with “collaged” materials glued on to build a relief surface with a variety of textures.

The first night we will design and make relief collagraphs using recycled materials found around the house, white glue, and a hot glue gun (borrow one from a friend if you don’t have one- they are great for this purpose). We will print with brayers, open acrylic paints, and a paper called Arches 88. You will learn all of this on the 4th and then during the week you will print papers (pages) for a single star book or an edition of two.

On the 11th we will cut and assemble the books with tips on design, assembly, sewing and covers.

All skill levels welcome.

(here I have offered some online item #’s and some suppliers, in the event it is difficult to shop locally)

  • The backs of tablets and sketch books ( chipboard ) and/or book board and/or matboard scraps. Have an amount roughly equal to 6 pieces roughly 8 x 6”.
  • Scissors
  • x-acto knife and blades
  • utility knife and blades
  • corrugated cardboard (one box- small to medium in size)
  • one cereal or cracker box
  • string like jute or sisal ( hardware store or in your garden shed.)
  • old lace doilies you no longer care about can be fun (optional)
  • a few flat buttons
  • waste paper– like a few brown bags or newsprint
  • ½” –flat bristle paint brush for glue (something inexpensive from a hardware store would work)
  • white glue  (Elmer’s Glue-all)
  • Hot Glue Gun and a couple of sticks of glue
  • Speedball soft rubber Brayer 4” or 6” or larger (Dick Blick 6” Brayer A40104-1006)
  • Two pieces of plexiglass or glass for inking up your brayer.
  • Wooden Spoon or Barren (Dick Blick Barren A42910-1004) A wooden spoon works fine.
  • Acrylic paints -a few colors, inexpensive is fine- Red-Yellow-Blue- Black minimum, however if you have lots of colors on hand that is fine too). OR Golden brand Open Acrylics are more expensive slow drying paints- you won’t need the OPEN medium if you are using the OPEN paint. Golden Open Acrylic paint- two or three colors.
  • Acrylic OPEN medium (Dick Blick A02013-4005) This allows you to print with the acrylic paints
  • Clothespins come in handy
  • Embroidery thread or bookbinder’s linen or dental floss for sewing
  • Needle
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • 2 sheets of Arches 88  (Dick Blick #:10424-1002)

Image: Clematis, 2010, edition of 5, collagraphs with cut-aways, hanging star book. cloth bound, Open book measures 7” wide by 96” long, courtesy of Rebecca Goodale

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Instructor: Rebecca Goodale

For the past twenty years, Rebecca Goodale has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals. Recently she has been revisiting her training as a textile designer by employing that aesthetic and various printmaking techniques to create large-scale repeatable patterns. Rebecca has taught Book Arts and Design at the University of Southern Maine for 4 decades. Her work is in many collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE, Bowdoin College Library, Herron Art Library at IUPUI, Boston Athenaeum, Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Portland Museum of Art.