December Events

Open Studios

December 5 and 6 10-5pm

Stop by 523 Medford street, Charlestown to check out our facilities as well as all of the other amazing artists in our building! We will have some demos and activities as well as examples from workshops, artwork, and paper by our members available for purchase. We will also have a small exhibition of artwork by Melinda Cross melindakatecross.com

FREE!

Marbling Workshop at Gallery 263

Tuesday December 8 7-10 (This class will be held at Gallery 263 on Pearl street and Putnam Ave. in Cambridge)

Come make magnificent papers in Cambridge! Have you ever wondered how the end papers in old books were made? Marbling is a techniques used to make decorative papers and fine art. Ink is floated on water, or a viscous size and manipulated with surface tension to create an image or pattern, then contact print it on paper. In this workshop participants will explore several different kinds of marbling. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figured techniques will be demonstrated.

75/per person including materials

for examples of marbling check out www.melindakatecross.com

Pulp Party

Friday December 11 6-8pm

Experience papermaking in a more social environment, bring friends and experiment with a new medium. A quick introduction to papermaking will be followed by free time at several vats with regular and colored pulps. Bring anything you want to include in the finished sheet.

$20 suggested donation

Holiday Cards

December 12, 1-4 pm

It’s that time of year, with the holidays right around the corner, come in and make all the cards you will need. In this workshop, we will cover basic sheet forming, and ways of creating decorated cards. With pulp painting stencils can be created, or use old cookie cutters to create blocks of color to detailed imagery. Embedding will also be covered, bring in printed text or dried flowers, which will become part of the finished sheet.

50/ per person includes materials limited to 6

reservation required bostonpapercollective@gmail.com

Cast Paper Decorations and Ornaments

December 13 4-6pm

Paper can be thin and flat, or it can be thick and sculptural. In this workshop participants will learn about casting paper into shapes.Participants will cast paper into pre made moulds, and learn how to make their own moulds for use at home.

35/ per person includes materials

reservation required bostonpapercollective@gmail.com

Pulp Party

Thursday December 3rd, and Friday December 11th 6:30-8:30

The events went so well this month that we will be making the Pulp Party a monthly event.

For those who love paper, but can’t take a workshop. We will be hosting a Pulp Party. Come relax and experiment with papermaking! Materials, cheese and wine included in 20$ suggested donation.

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Sifu Workshop

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A few weeks ago we hosted a Shifu workshop with Meaghan Schwelm who will be exhibiting an impressive amount of Shifu at the Artists foundation Gallery at 516 East Second Street, Boston, MA 02127 November 7- December 19th

In the workshop Meaghan demonstrated the basics of this interesting art, cutting the paper, soaking and spinning paper into the amazing ball shown in the picture. For her project she is using an old atlas which seems to be printed on wood pulp paper however traditional Shifu would have been made from Washi (Japanese bast fiber paper).

October Workshops

It’s getting cold, so come create some original artwork indoors. Custom workshops are always available, make an appointment to turn your garden waste into beautiful greeting cards! Come make something together, gather a small group and receive a discount on a custom class. We can accept multiple forms of payment e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com to reserve a spot or book a custom or group class

Wednesday Night Sampler

October  14, 21, 28, November 4th  6-8pm

Each week a new technique will be introduced. Over the 4 weeks we will explore papermaking, pulp painting, press-less printing, and basic book binding or assemblage. The papermaking workshop will teach basic sheet forming, the basis for so many other techniques. In the pulp painting week, students will paint with colored pulp, a fast way to add color for prints, cards or books to a new sheet of paper. The next session will focus on surface decoration, creating images and pattern through press-less printing. The last week brings everything together into a book, cards, or assemblage, finishing techniques will be demonstrated. This workshop can accommodate beginners through intermediate.

200/ per person including materials

Limited to 6 people

Proto Paper

Tuesday October 13 11am – 2pm

Before paper there was papyrus, the stalk of the plant was cooked and beaten out into sheets. The fibers were laminated into each other to create a relatively smooth writing surface. Another form of proto paper is created from the inner bark of the mulberry bush. During the workshop participants will learn how to prepare the fiber, and make the sheets.

50/ per person including materials

Marbling Workshop

Saturday October 10th 1-4pm

Marbling has been called many things, painting on water, floating clouds, aqueous mono print, marblizing. There are also many different variations, waterbased on carrageenan, sumi ink on water, oil on water acrylics on methylcellouse. In this workshop participants will explore water-based marbling on carrageenan which yields the most control possible in the medium. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figurative techniques will be demonstrated.

65/per person including materials

Press-less printing

Tuesday October 20 1-4

Learn how to create blocks and print without a printing press! This is a great way to create work on handmade paper.

60/ per person including materials

Sculptural Paper

Saturday October 24   9am-3pm

In this workshop participants will be encouraged to think about the different applications for paper. paper is a versatile medium, many artists have explored it’s possibilities as a sculptural medium. The type of pulp, kozo versus cotton, over-beaten flax verses, over-beaten abaca will be discussed in relation to the desired effect of the finished sculpture. We will cover wet folding techniques, armature creation and cast paper. We will have a break for lunch, in the afternoon section participants will design and create a sculpture with assistance from instructor.
Familiarity with basic papermaking a plus, but not required

Limited to 5 people
120/ per person including materials

New workshops Fall/Winter

IMG_0586 We have added a bunch of new workshop for the fall/winter season. Check out the Current workshops page to see them all. There is still space in the Japanese Papermaking workshop Sunday September 20th. This is a highly recommended workshop since participants will have the opportunity to use a Japanese mould, and learn from an instructor with a wealth of experience in this medium. If you would like to reserve a space e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com.

We also have a few evening and weekend classes available. The Sampler will be a great chance to create a journal, cards or fine art. We are excited to offer marbling classes with Melinda Cross, an artist pushing the boundaries of marbling to create both figurative and abstract works. Her work can be seen in our links section.

The BPC also rents out studio space to artists working in paper, and custom classes for small groups.

Here is a selection of the workshops this month, for more check out the Current workshops page.

Washi Basics Workshop
space still available!
Sunday September 20th 2-5pm
guest instructor Zoe Moon Culbertson
An introduction to the art of making Japanese paper, called Washi, from kozo fiber (Paper Mulberry) using traditional methods. Washi is an extremely strong paper and can be used for calligraphy, printmaking, painting, shoji screens, scrolls, lamps, books and all kinds of unique projects.  A brief background of Japanese paper will be followed by hands on papermaking as students prepare the vat, form sheets and press them in this one day workshop. Some decorative techniques, such as embedding pressed fall leaves or creating patterns with water (rakusui) will also be introduced.
$65/person including materials
maximum participants limited to 4
please book a spot by Friday September 18th


From Pulp to Print
weekend workshop Saturday September 26- and Sunday September 27 1-4pm
Saturday basic papermaking will be covered with some thought given to final image creation. Sunday basic press-less printing techniques will be covered and students will create prints on the paper from Saturday.
120/ per person including materials
Limited to 5


Marbling Workshop
Thursday September 24 5:30-8:30 pm
Marbling has been called many things, painting on water, floating clouds, aqueous mono print, marblizing. There are also many different variations, waterbased on carrageenan, sumi ink on water, oil on water acrylics on methylcellouse. In this workshop participants will explore water-based marbling on carrageenan which yields the most control possible in the medium. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figurative techniques will be demonstrated.
65/per person including materials


Wednesday Night Sampler
October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 5th   6-8pm
Each week a new technique will be introduced. Over the 5 weeks we will explore papermaking, pulp painting, marbling, press-less printing, and basic book binding or assemblage. The papermaking workshop will teach basic sheet forming, the basis for so many other techniques. In the pulp painting week, students will paint with colored pulp, a fast way to add color for prints, cards or books to a new sheet of paper. The next two sessions will focus on surface decoration, creating abstract patterns with marbling, and text or image through printing. The last week brings everything together into a book, cards, or assemblage, finishing techniques will be demonstrated. This workshop can accommodate beginners through intermediate.
250/ per person including materials
Limited to 6 people

Washi Basics Workshop Sept. 20

Zoe Moon Culbertson has been a member for a few months and is excited to share the papermaking knowledge she acquired while living in Japan. Newly back in the States, she is a practicing Shiatsu therapist www.shiatsumoon.com, translator, and papermaker.

Washi Basics Workshop

Sunday Sep 20 2-5 pm

An introduction to the art of making Japanese paper, called Washi, from kozo fiber (Paper Mulberry) using traditional methods. Washi is an extremely strong paper and can be used for calligraphy, printmaking, painting, shoji screens, scrolls, lamps, books and all kinds of unique projects.  A brief background of Japanese paper will be followed by hands on papermaking as students prepare the vat, form sheets and press them in this one day workshop. Some decorative techniques, such as embedding pressed fall leaves or creating patterns with water (rakusui) will also be introduced.

$65/person including materials

maximum participants limited to 4

book a spot by Friday Sep 18th

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workshop updates

Hello,

As usual I can accommodate any skill level to create a custom workshop. If there is enough interest i can also run a weekday series am or pm. Here are the workshops i am offering for the rest of August and September.

Papermaking and pulp painting for cards

Sunday August 23 1-4

Pulp painting is a great way to create decorated paper while retaining the matte surface of the paper. Different fibers are colored and added to the newly formed sheet (waterleaf). The paper is then dried and can be printed or used as is.

Water Based Paper Marbling

Sunday August 30 1-4

Learn water based marbling, this technique can be used to create patterned papers, or abstract designs. It is the art of painting on water, improvisation, color, and surface tension all play a part. There is a 15$ materials fee for this class (this includes paper).

Paper for Books

Two Thursdays September 17, and September 24 6pm- 9pm

Learn how to make paper for books, journals, and scrapbooking. The first Tuesday will cover basic papermaking techniques. The second Tuesday we will learn basic binding techniques to create books and journals made out of the previous weeks paper.

From pulp to print

weekend workshop Saturday September 26- Sunday September 27 1-4pm

Saturday basic papermaking will be covered with some thought given to final image creation. Sunday basic press-less printing techniques will be covered and students will create prints on the paper from Saturday.

July workshops

Have you ever wanted to create smooth handmade paper? Have you ever been curious about how there are so many different types of paper with distinct qualities and for distinct purposes? Sunday July 19 and/or July 26th I will be teaching a 3 hour papermaking workshop from 1-4. I will answer these questions and more with examples, demonstrations, and personal instruction. Basic sheet forming will be covered along with some pulp painting techniques. This is meant to be a beginning class but I can accommodate all levels. The class fee is 50.00 and includes materials, it will be held at the Boston Paper Collective 523 Medford Street second floor. Please e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com to reserve your spot. We are in the same building as the artists group of Charlestown their site has a map and directions.http://www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com/