Block Printed Journal workshop
Earlier this week, I taught a two-day workshop at Studio Place Arts – The Block Printed Journal. Students carved their own stamps, block printed papers, and then used those papers in creating handbound journals. I had a wonderful group of students who created equally wonderful work.
I love love love carving stamps. I’ve been following @3dottedpenguins, @inkycatprints, and @flygurl_designs on Instagram (go follow them!) and have been very inspired by their work – it was their prints that sparked the idea for this workshop.
On the first day, folks carved simple geometric shapes and then layered and repeated prints to create rich and complex patterns.
The student work did not disappoint! It doesn’t take a lot to make a beautiful printed paper – the pattern and color combinations were lovely.
Students bound journals on the next day, selecting one of their printed papers for the cover. The binding involved sewing over leather straps and the resulting book remains flat when opened.
I love how the journals turned out!
This was my first time teaching this workshop and I think it’s a keeper! I’m adding it to my roster and looking forward to teaching it again.