Print-making & contemporary Rainbow junk journal bookbinding kit from The Arienas Collective with local artists Cass Barron and Lou Davis



Two Arienas Collective workshop artists - bookbinder Cass Barron and artist and printer Lou Davis - team up for this treat of an online workshop, which celebrates colour, texture, mark making and bookbinding! A series of step-by-step video tutorials will encourage you to experiment with a range of simple but effective printmaking techniques and create a one-of-a-kind A5 sized junk journal, which makes for a great sketchbook, memory book, diary or gift for someone special. Lou will show you how to make a DIY gel plate, and share some of her favourite gelatin printing techniques, including how to create your own stencils and using found objects to make unusual textures. She will also share her tips on how to get the most out of a limited colour pallete, and give you some guidance on colour mixing and composition. Once you have created a series of prints onto different papers, envelopes and pre-loved materials such as old maps and book pages, Cass will show you how to transform these into a colourful A5 Journal with exposed spine and decorative cross stitch binding. At the end of the workshop you’ll have a wide range of mark-making techniques under your belt that can be applied to everything from bookbinding and card making, to printing your own wrapping paper. You’ll also be equipped with the skills to make eye-catching, colourful books that make great personal journals and gifts, right in time for Christmas! How the workshop will run This workshop will take place online in the form of a series of pre-recorded videos, which take you through the process step-by-step, much like we do at our face-to-face workshops, but with the added bonus of being able to pause, rewind and come back to the workshop as works best for you. An optional Zoom Sharing event on Monday, 15 February 2021 from 6-7.30pm is included and will be hosted by The Arienas Collective. Places are limited to allow time for sharing and questions, so if you'd like to join in please contact us. You'll get the chance to meet Cass and Lou, find out more about their work, ask questions and share your books and printing creations (if you want to) – a way for us to replicate the ideas sharing and social element of our face-to-face workshops that often happens in between the making over a cuppa.

What's included in the price?

Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials including FULL MATERIALS AND TOOL KIT. - access to Cass and Lou's online tutorials - plus all the kit you will need to complete this workshop - the perfect option for those who are new to bookbinding and home printing. This full kit includes: vege gel powder for making your gel plate, set of acrylic paints, paint roller, a selection of textures for printing, a collection of plain and pre-loved papers to print on and include in your book, book board, leather, glue, book film, waxed thread and high quality bookbinding tools. Plus a teabag and biscuit to fuel your creativity! Simply add the quantity of places you need and checkout.

What you will need

Please see the What's included section for details of the kit and materials you need for this course.




The Arienas Collective

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The Arienas Collective supports local artists and makers to earn a living by sharing their creative skills and passions with others through delivering workshops. The workshops are run from our mews home in the beautiful Georgian New Town of central Edinburgh. We believe in the wellbeing benefits of engaging in creative activity, and our class sizes are kept small so that you get the support you need to make the most of your time with us. We teach you creative skills you can continue at home.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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