A Book for yourself and A Book to give away

A book is an intimate artefact

that serves as a tactile repository

for private or shared collections

of writing & images

This wrap around book with a strong cover is a useful place to take notes, collect samples, store images or use as a journal on trips. In this workshop you will make two books with art paper pages and a sturdy cover.  The binding is simple and there will be time to personalise your book and the book you are giving away. You can make them the same size or make one smaller than the other.

Date: Thursday 9th May

Time: 10 – 4

Where: Box Hill North

Cost: $70

All materials provided.  Materials fee $15

BYO lunch.  Tea and coffee provided.



During this 2 session workshop, the fascinating process of dyeing in the Indigo vat will be explored in detail.   On the first day you will learn how to wrap, clamp, roll, fold and dip your papers in a variety of ways using a wide variety of commercial and handmade papers. You will dye the fabric for the cover of your book, which you will make in the second session.


Thursday  14th February 2019

Time: All Day 10 – 4

Friday 15th February 2019

Time : Afternoon 1 – 4

Day two is an afternoon session, where you will assemble your beautifully dyed book pages and stitch them together with the indigo dyed thread.  This book will be a wonderful place to to display your attractive papers and record what you have learnt about Indigo.


Place: Box Hill North

Cost: $100 plus $15 materials fee.

All materials provided.

BYO lunch on Day 1

Tea and coffee provided.



Papermaking Workshop

                                        Beginner Papermaking

If you are wanting to learn the skills of papermaking

this workshop is for you early this year 2019 

Click on the underlined heading below to register on the

Papermakers of Victoria web site.


Date & Time: 10 Feb 2019 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Cost: $80.00 for members, $100.00 for non-members.

Venue: This workshop will be held at Stables Studio
Coopers Settlement, Bundoora Park, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora

Tutor: Barb Adams

PLEASE NOTE Fees for this workshop $80 members and $100 non members

This workshop will introduce you to the skill of hand papermaking with recycled pulp of different colours.
You will learn about the preparation and choice of materials for pulp, how to form a sheet of paper and the pressing and drying of your paper.
Pulp will be provided by the tutor.
This workshop would also be suitable for papermakers who can make paper and want to extend their skills.

This year & the next

Thankyou to you all for showing interest in my paper art. I am about to send out my newsletter.  If you have not already subscribed you may like to go to my web site  barbadams.com  and subscribe.  You will then receive my newsletter and find out some of the things I have planned for 2019.


Ballarat Workshop

A Warm Winter Book Workshop

A book is an intimate artefact

that serves as a tactile repository

for private or shared collections

of writing & images.

                                             Tutor: Barb Adams

When : 10am – 4pm Sunday 26th August

Where: Enfield

Cost: $50

(concession $40)

BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Spend a cosy Sunday together learning the skill of book binding.

We will make a lovely ‘take anywhere’ journal with a wrap around cover and a simple notebook which you can teach others to make later. No experience necessary.

Suitable for adults only.

Email Barb to register and receive more details   barb@barbadams.com

Please share if you have Ballarat friends



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

Anne Cunningham cold wax

Anne Cunningham – wax resist & wash








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  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.

Tuesday 11th September 2018

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

A reminder Pulp to Page Workshop starts next week

Three day workshop at Box Hill North

Make a book that is ALL YOURS right from the paper itself .
Paper post 05/2016

Spend three wonderful days during the month of July learning the skills of making paper, stitching two book structures and binding a very special book with the paper you made on day one.

 Book 1 Figure 8 over tapes

 Book 2 Coptic Binding

Dates: Tuesday 3rd July 10am – 3pm


Tuesday 17th July 10am – 3pm

Binding 2 Books

Tuesday 31st July 10am – 3pm

Bind your own paper into one of your book styles.

Cost: $220 for the 3 days teaching and materials

Venue: Box Hill North – details on registration.


Workshops at Opendrawer

Book these workshops at  https://opendrawer.weteachme.com/


Venue: Opendrawer Hartwell


One day workshop

Have you stitched on paper? Sashiko stitching in the Japanese boro style can be used to make attractive designs on paper. Boro stitched fabric grew out of the need to repair old Indigo dyed cloth in early twentieth century rural Japan.

This workshop will introduce you to different ways of stitching Indigo dyed papers to create beautiful mini artworks for the pages for your book. You will be guided to use the marks on the paper as a suggested design for your page.

You will learn some basic sashiko designs and how to use them in your work.

At the end of the day you will take home a beautiful little book to keep or give to someone special.

Date: Tuesday 5th June 10am – 3pm

Your materials fee will include the papers Barb provides to make and decorate your book.


Venue: Opendrawer Hartwell

Book this workshop at  https://opendrawer.weteachme.com/

3 day workshop

Make a book that is ALL YOURS right from the paper itself .

Spend three wonderful days during the month of May learning the skills of making paper, stitching two book structures and binding a very special book with the paper you made on day one.

 Book 1 Figure 8 over tapes

 Book 2 Coptic Binding

Dates: Tuesday 1st May 10am – 3pm


Tuesday 15th May 10am – 3pm

Binding 2 Books

Tuesday 29th May 10am – 3pm

Bind your own paper into one of your book styles.

New Workshops 2018

Cards with Charisma 

New Date!!!

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018

Cost: $70 plus $10 materials fee

Venue: Box Hill North


Your friends will love receiving personalised gift cards from you.

Come along and spend time making beautiful unique cards

using three different techniques.

Start the day by carving your own print block from your drawing or a design supplied by Barb.

This will be used with the cold wax resist technique and printing onto your cards.

You will collage, print, stitch and dye to bring colour and life to your cards.

Some cards will be made from handmade paper and others from commercial card.

You will end the day with many cards to give your family and friends on special occasions.

Your $10 materials fee will cover the cost of a lino tool, Soft Cut print block material and blank cards to work on.






Date: Tuesday 8th May

Cost: $70 plus $10 materials fee

Venue: Box Hill North


Learn to make an artistic note book to house your workshop notes and samples.

They are so valuable for keeping your memory prompts and new learnings in an attractive reference book .

Easily accessed notes and diagrams will make your follow up days much more valuable as you weave your new skills into your developing art practice.

 For this workshop you will bring notes and samples from a workshop or activity you have already done.

This information and your examples will be what determines the shape and style of your book.



This is a  Papermakers of Victoria workshop I will run at our Stables Studio at Bundoora.

Details and registration here: http://papermakers.org.au/workshops/

Tutor: Barb Adams

22nd April 2018 at Bundoora

Handmade paper can vary greatly.  For a handmade paper project to be a success it is helpful to know which  paper you should make.  This workshop will concentrate on making a variety of pulps which will be made into sample sheets.

You will learn how to make paper suitable for book pages of different shapes and sizes or pages with pockets included when you form the wet pages.  Recipes will be provided for pulp making suitable for cards, strong paper for casting, paper into which other items can be included or paper suitable to print photos or text onto.You will take home a book you have made, in which you can store your specific paper pulp recipes and samples of your handmade paper.

While you are at  http://papermakers.org.au/workshops/   have  look at the other great workshops available.

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