Join us for a jam-packed week of intuitive creating with color and patterns. Build on your spontaneous creativity, while learning new techniques for printing on paper and creating hand-sewn books.

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This will be a jam-packed week of intuitive creating. Rule #1: Use what you have first!

Join us for five full days of in-person creating with color and patterns. Come away with stacks of decorated papers, new techniques for printing on paper, and a handful of hand-sewn books. Printmaker and Book Artist Marsha Shaw will be teaching the Japanese Boro Stitch and a few other accordion variations you can make with your many gel plate monoprints and other mark making processes.

Home is Where Max is, accordion book - By Marsha Shaw

This is a weeklong intensive to build on your spontaneous creativity. Meaning we will break done the walls of self-doubt by jumping in hands first! Play with a creative purpose.

What you will learn

Day 1Looking at the possibilities:

  • Limited color palette
  • Gesso Resist, spray inks
  • Stickers, spray inks
  • Preparing Painted pages
  • Brown paper bag stencils

Day 2 – Preparing pages for the journal:

  • Building Layers, Scribble, Paint, Stencil, Repeat 
  • Stickers
  • Tissue paper
  • Embossed Wallpaper

Day 3 – Making Dura-Lar stencils:

  • Fun with Found Stamps and Washi Tape

Day 4 – Collaging pages:

  • Mark making using gel pens, stencils
  • Shaped Books
  • Machine Stitching vs Slow Stitching
  • Washi Tape Fun

Day 5 – Finish collaging pages:

  • Pamphlet Chain Stitch Journal
  • Japanese Boro Stitch Accordion Book

Feel free to bring your own supplies with which you are familiar and comfortable. We will have many options from which to choose. But things you might like to bring:

  • Sketchbook for notes
  • Gelli Plate or a silicone placemat
  • Pencils and/or water-soluble crayons and/or pastels, color pencils, bring what you have! 
  • Bring your favorite paint brushes – we have cheap ones for gluing.

Design Extravaganza book, with the book open and colorful images on the pages - By Marsha Shaw

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Instructor: Marsha Shaw

Marsha Shaw is a printmaker and book artist living in San Luis Obispo.  She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Painting from California State University Northridge. Shaw was the studio manager at Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio for 10 years, at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she taught printmaking workshops.