Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bookmaking Camp

Today will be the last day of a four-day bookmaking camp I've been holding at Green Bean Books. The weather has cooperated and we've spent the week outside binding, printmaking, and planning an art opening (this afternoon!) of all of our work.

[Our prints drying on the flag clothesline. We used water-based ink and brayers to ink hand-carved prints. True to Portland fashion, many kids "put a bird on it."]

I couldn't have asked for a group of kids more more willing to dive into so many book structures--even the "challenging" ones!

[The group dynamic takes over as we try to make a long paper chain out of old book pages to decorate for the opening]

Very excited for the opening. The store's patio, where we have been holding our classes, will be filled with book-themed decorations, snacks, music, and what I'm sure will be a clever set-up of all of our work, from tunnel books to accordion books to Jacob's Ladder books (yes, they all work!)

[Decorating bags we'll use to take home all of our work with sponge prints... BEAUTIFUL sponge prints!]

I'm thrilled the concept of a bookmaking camp has been so embraced by local families. It may take place in a cozy little bookstore, but boy does it feel like camp (complete with snack breaks, thermoses, and lanyard making in out free time ;)


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