Three new workshops

Three Workshops August September and October

Easy Coptic Journal
Easy Coptic Journal



Coptic Binding with an easy cover thanks to Sandy Webster

This workshop is perfect for beginner binders or a revision for those of you who want to revisit the beautiful Coptic Stitching. A journal created with this stitch opens beautifully flat for writing or drawing in. The hard cover will have an interesting edge which protects the pages and there will be the option of including some pockets. If you know what your journal will be used for, you might like to bring things to include. For example, if it is to be a travel journal you might bring images or information about the area you will visit. This can be bound in as you stitch the other pages to the cover. What ever you decide, at the end of the day you will have a beautiful journal to use or give away.

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Time: 10 – 3

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $5 materials fee.

All materials provided. If you have something you want to bind into your book you can bring it with you.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided


Make several small books and a fold out box from a map.

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Working small is a great way to begin. The small books we make on this day will fit in the fold out box we construct from our map. The slip on lid will hold our box together when our project is complete. This day can be spent constructing a model from a commercial map or be a personal journey as you make your own map , which you bring along, into the box we construct. If the map you bring inspires the content of your books you might like to bring other maps, photos or drawings to include on the day. We will explore some collage and folding with maps.

When our books are removed from the box it will open out revealing our map.

Thankyou for teaching me this folded box Val.

Sunday 17th September 2017

Time: 10 – 4

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $5 materials fee.

Most materials provided. If you have a map you would like to use for this project you can bring it with you.

The map needs to be at least 20cm square.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided


A day of experimenting and creating with rust indigo and wax resist on paper.








The beginning of any art project is gathering the inspirational materials. At this workshop you will spend the day guided by me as you transform many different paper surfaces. 
Dipping in indigo, exploring the rusting baths and working with cold wax as a resist, will provide you with a multitude of delightfully coloured papers. There may even be time to make some marks with my on your papers with ‘natural’ brushes. These lovely papers will be suitable to use in your artwork and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to plan a follow up book binding workshop, if you want to bind some of your papers into a book at a later date.

Recipes included in the instructions provided.

Thursday 26th October

Time: 10 – 4

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $10 materials fee.

Most materials provided. Please bring some watercolour paper to dye. It doesn’t have to be expensive watercolour paper. The size and shape doesn’t matter.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

Too Good To Write In

Jounal page Sewn over tapes
Adding Content to a Blank Book

Many people have said to me that they have a precious book that they have made or been given and it is –


commission journalThis workshop invites you to bring a blank book that you would like to start working in.

Treat your blank book like an invitation. Enrich the pages, add colour, pattern and texture. As Dorothy Simpson Krause says, ‘Your book will begin to sing, beguile, soothe and excite.’ The complexity you add will make your pages richer.

This workshop will teach you ways to add content to an already bound book. We will start working in the book, preparing the pages for added content. With guidance, you will be encouraged to cut windows in the pages, add colour and remove some pages to make way for other inclusions. Before you come, give some thought to how you might use your book. Will it be a travel journal, a recipe book, a daily journal, a book of wise words – your own or someone else’s –  or a book in which to record some of your family history.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

10 – 4

Box Hill North

$70 plus $8 materials fee.

Most materials provided.  Bring your blank book.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

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Papermaking Workshop

Have you ever made your own paper? Now is your chance.

I know it is cold but we can have warm water in the vat. Intro to papermaking

On Thursday 18th June I am running a papermaking workshop for Papermakers of Victoria at our wonderful studio in the stables at Bundoora Park.

Details and registration at

Let me know if you are interested or have any questions and please pass this on to interested friends.

Wedding Paper
Wedding Paper