Monotype Covers and Crossed-Structure Bookbinding

$ 195.00

April 29th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Judy Serebrin
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: April 29th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 29th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
Make an elegant book using your own creative patterns to design a cover in this workshop that combines simple monotype techniques with the cross structure binding. A perfect structure for a sketchbook or journal, the hand patterning makes it truly unique.

Cross-structure binding, a variation on the long stitch that’s perfect for sketchbooks and journals, uses heavy paper covers as sewing supports and offers myriad possibilities for decorative stitching on the spine. With the incorporation of acrylic monotype techniques for hand patterned covers, the possibilities for unique and customized books are endless and can be easily done at home! 

Using quick-drying, low-tech monotype techniques with acrylics on glass, students will begin the day decorating printmaking paper that will later be used as a cover for this charming book model. The instructor will later lead students through constructing the book discussing paper grain, cutting and folding techniques, sewing the text block, and then will demonstrate various decorative approaches for finishing off the completed binding.

The monotype and cross structure binding techniques are easy to learn and when combined together result in a sophisticated structure and each student leaves class with their own handmade book. Using the same methods no two books will be alike.

Materials to Bring: acrylics and brushes, pencil, long dull kitchen knife/slicing blade.  

Optional: rubber brayer, stamps, other mark making materials.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, utility knife, awl, scissors, small triangle, metal straightedge, screw punch.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $195.00

Date & Time: Sunday, April 29, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Judy Serebrin

Judith’s books and sculptures have been exhibited widely and have been collected by libraries, museums and individuals in the United States and abroad. She has been making limited-edition and unique books from etchings, monotypes, watercolors and drawings since 1989. Her work has been featured in many books about Artist’s Books and contemporary ceramics. She is the recipient of the 2016 Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award.

Past Student Reviews:

 "It was great fun and the instructor was helpful, knowledgeable, and explained things clearly, gave individual attention."

"Great class, clear instructions, clear handout, atmosphere of class cohesive, calm, enjoyable."

“I liked the calm teaching of Judy. I like how she explained everything."


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