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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

Rebecca Goodale has been creating innovative and sublimely made artist’s books for many years and frequently does collaborative work with other artists as well as public art installations. In addition to being artistically active, she was the founding program coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine, where she inspired artists at all levels. Goodale’s books can be found in many institutional collections, including the Bowdoin College Library; the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE; Herron Art Library; Library of Congress; Portland Museum of Art, ME; State Art Museum of Hawai’i; the Boston Athenaeum; the Children’s Museum in Seoul, Korea; and the Fogg Museum Fine Art Library at Harvard University. 

In 2015 she was named a Maine Master Crafts Artist by the Maine Crafts Association. Other awards she has received include a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College. In 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. 

Rebecca continues to teach design and book arts for various institutions and exhibits her work both locally and internationally.