November Playdate: make a book

Join fellow guild members for a day of play – by the end of the day, you’ll have a decorated artist book for calligraphy or other ephemera.

In this one-day playdate, we will decorate ONE large sheet of paper using your choice of gesso, acrylic and/or dye-based inks, sumi, walnut ink, watercolor, pastels.  Your page can be enhanced with metallic foiling, punches, stamps, vintage papers, and other ephemera.  At the end of the day, we will cut or tear down the large sheet into pages, fold it creatively, and stitch it into a handmade book.  You can choose to collage your words into the book or take it home to write in or use as a journal.

We will provide demos of a variety of techniques and basic supplies such as gesso, Sumi, walnut ink, and FW inks, needles and thread.

When:  Sunday, November 22 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Where:  Room 203 Margaret Morrison, CMU
Fee:  Free but RSVP and bring one sheet of watercolor paper

What to bring:


  • One sheet of cold press watercolor paper, size 22” x 30” – Artist & Craftsmen has Fabriano Artistico for $4.50 but Arches also works well and is available in many art stores.
  • X-acto knife, scissors, pencil, eraser, metal-edged ruler, glue or glue stick, cutting surface


Words: Bring words you would like to write or collage into your book. The book will have EIGHT writable pages—so pick a theme, a poem, favorite quotes, or inspirational words—you can write on as many or as few of the eight pages as you would like or leave room for collage or journal writing—or leave it blank and let your art speak for itself.

Your calligraphy tools: any variety of pens, nibs, inks, gouache, Dr. Martin’s Bleed proof White—whatever you like to create with. You can bring FW ink or Golden High Flow acrylic.

Stencils, stamps, punches, old book pages, decorated paper, colored paper, old practice sheets cut up and use in collage, deli paper, ribbon, buttons, pastels, watercolor pencils—bring what you think you would enjoy working with or sharing with others.

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