Eco-Printing: Natural Dying with Leaves Workshop

One Session: Saturday, August 18, 10am –2 p.m.
Menlo Park

Price: $85

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Explore the potential of leaves and other plant material to make artistic earth-toned impressions on paper! Come away with a stack of eco-prints for use in your artwork.

Instructor will provide all materials, equipment and plants to be used.  Students are welcome to provide additional plant material.

Eco-prints are prints of leaves and plants made by steaming the plants between sheets of pre-treated paper. The treatment of the paper with a mordant draws out the natural dyes in the plants and leaves behind an imprint of the plant. Results can be stunning and surprising or unexpected.

Using steaming and submersion techniques, students will learn the process of eco-printing with the natural dyes found in leaves.  Take home a stack of 20 prints and a

Students should bring paper and pencil to take notes, a snack, and any additional fresh or pressed plants you would like to use in the eco-printing process.  We will be working outside–consider bringing a hat and sunscreen.



Book Arts: Carousel & Gallery Books

Sunday August 19, 2018

10 AM – 2 PM

Pacific Art League
668 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Introducing the Carousel Book, a virtual theater, and repeating the most popular book from the PAL Summer Book Arts Camp–the Gallery Book. Young artisans will design and construct these two unique book structures with ample time to decorate their creations. Suitable for children 9-13.

Exposed Spine Bindings

Two Nights:  September 10 & 11
Monday and Tuesday

6 PM – 9 PM


Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road


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Exposed spine bindings are a lovely way to showcase the stitching on multi-signature books that lay flat when open. Coptic Stitch, French Link Stitch and Long Stitch will be the topics of this workshop before they are all combined into one magnificent hardcover book.  Students come away with four completed books ready to receive journaling, sketches, photographs or be given as gifts.

$20 Materials fee payable to instructor covers book board, paper, thread and other materials used to create the books.

Students tool kit should include: scissors, pencil, ruler, bone folder and paper piercing tool or awl.



Two-Day Workshop Hide & Seek Nested Book

Two-Day Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018
10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Pacific Art League
668 Ramona St
Palo Alto

Registration: $100.00
$20 Materials fee payable to instructor

Make a nested book structure containing 4 small books each tucked into nesting compartments. Boxes will be created from pre-cut mat board and covered with decorative paper. While the boxes dry we’ll stitch more books then create more boxes in which to hide them. Long stitch will be used to bind the books

$20 Materials fee payable to instructor covers book board, paper, thread, ribbon and other materials used to create the structure.

Students tool kit should include: scissors, pencil, ruler, bone folder and paper piercing tool or awl.


Bookbinding: Wabi Sabi Art Journal


Monday • September 17

Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road

Rm. 1701 • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$55 • $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor.

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Enjoy a fun evening finding beauty in imperfection as we create an art journal using a variety of artful techniques. Mixed media paper is transformed using ink, stencils, rubber stamps, and collage.  Students are guided through the creation of a journal that includes pages for text and pockets for keepsakes.  

Students’ tool kit should include: Scissors, ruler, pencil, bone folder, paper piercing tool, piercing mat.

Artists books, hand crafted works of art in unique or small editions, present in a wide variety of sizes, formats and structures.  Artists find a repository for other artwork including collage, calligraphy, photography, painting and drawing.  Students achieve a sense of satisfaction in accomplishment as they leave with completed books that they can further embellish and use for journaling or gifts.