Laura Wait Drum Leaf Book Workshop

Markmaking by Laura WaitThe Book Arts League was very pleased to offer a workshop with Santa Fe artist Laura Wait, April 30 – May 1, 2016. Despite the fickle spring weather, 12 students created stunning books over two days.

Day one was spent painting on 22 x 30 sheets of BFK Rives paper, the start of the pages for the books. Laura demonstrated the tools and materials she uses for mark making. The class was invited to loosen up and work with large gestures, using graphite, sumi ink, and colored acrylic inks, applied with traditional Japanese brushes and pieces of wood. Later handwriting was incorporated into the designs that had emerged from the loose painting styles. Day two introduced the structure of the Drum Leaf form. The resulting books were impressive.

IMG_1657a IMG_1763a IMG_1774a IMG_1779a