Workshop: Introduction to papermaking


I am running a paper making workshop for Papermakers of Victoria and would love to see you there if you are interested in learning the skills and delights of hand paper making.

Where: The Stables Studio, Coopers Settlement, Bundoora Park

Date & Time: Thursday 5th March  2015 – 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members.

Bookings through Papermakers of Victoria website.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Grampians Texture

Journals and Tiny souvenir books for sale at my Market stall
Journals and Tiny souvenir books for sale at my Market stall

I will be at Grampians Texture Twilight Market 5 – 7 pm Saturday 14 March, under the trees at the Stony Creeks shops at Hall Gap.

Please call in and see me if you are in the area. I will be selling my books, cards and handmade paper.

Papermakers of Victoria will also be there.

Workshops for 2015

I really love teaching people bookmaking and paper making. Watching them discover their innate creativity as they enjoy time with a small group, learning new skills.

As usual most of my workshops arise from requests people make.  This year I started with a successful 4 day workshop ‘Mapping the Journey’ and will plan some other paper making and book arts workshops at different times during the year.

Dates can be arranged for people who gather their own group of 4 people for book making and 3 people for papermaking classes. I run the classes here at my studio in Box Hill North.

Contact me if you have an idea for a workshop.  I can plan the day and invite others to join us.

I will let you know when I have a workshop on offer. If you subscribe by entering your email address in the box to the left of your screen you will receive notifications.

This year’s paper

Dyed paper made with recycled rag board
Dyed paper made with recycled rag board

To start the year I dyed some pulp and pulled some colourful sheets for book making and other paper projects.

Jeans paper
Jeans paper

This paper took a little longer to make. The process involved cutting cotton jeans into 2cm pieces and beating them in a Hollander beater for several hours to make a fine pulp.  The resulting strong paper is a pale blue.  Some sheets have threads and pieces of fabric from the jeans to add interest.

Flax and rag board paper
Flax and rag board paper

This paper is to use for book pages in books I am making to sell at my market stall in Halls Gap on March 14th 2015.

If you are passing through or coming up for Grampians Texture call in and visit the market.  Papermakers of Victoria will also have an exciting stall.

Nifty Notebooks for sale at Halls Gap Market
Nifty Notebooks for sale at Halls Gap Market
Soft covered journals and tiny souvenir books.
Soft covered journals and tiny souvenir books.


Mapping the Journey workshop

I am running a wonderful 4 day workshop in January 2015 at Opendrawer

Book through the Opendrawer.

Mapping the Journey

Artists Book 4 Day Workshop, Books and Storage Box.
Spend 4 days creating beautiful individual concertina books with attractive additions: envelopes, small books and stitched pockets will be part of your final work.

This book can be a repository for memories of trips past or those just a dream, a companion for the journey.

TutorBarb Adams

Date: Monday 12th – Thursday 15th January 2015
Class Fee: $440 ($410 Early payment by 23rd December)
Materials Cost: $12
Venue: Opendrawer 1158 Toorak Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
(03) 9889 7227

This wonderful four days will include:

  • Learning how to make your concertina journal and prepare your hard cover with a window.
  • An excursion to some wonderful Fitzroy paper shops to select papers to use for your book.
  • Many ideas for including your personal memorabilia. Envelopes, small books and pockets.
  • These may be filled with your memories or remain blank for a future journey.
  • Making a box or slip case to house your book.
    Other bindings and ideas will be taught during the week as required.

Materials List:

  • You are encouraged to bring a collection of photos, maps and travel memorabilia or childhood or family pieces/photos, to tell a story in your book.
  • Small amount of threads to stitch in little books.
  • Maps, papers of different weights and textures for making small books which will be stitched into your concertina.
  • Various papers for making envelopes – tracing paper (good quality).
  • Ribbon or tie for closure.
  • Notebook and pen to take notes and record ideas.
  • Ruler, scissors, craft knife, glue stick, double sided tape, needle , threads for stitching little books into your concertina book, cutting mat, awl to make holes for stitching.
  • Some of these items are available at Opendrawer.

Tutor will supply:

  • Notes will be supplied.
  • Board for cover and box, paints, dyes, old maps, specialised equipment, glue and papers.