Marks, Magic & Meaning

Taught by:

Rachel Hazell


Thursday, June 2nd - CLOSED
Friday, June 3rd - CLOSED
Saturday, June 4th - CLOSED

Experience level: All Levels


This class will be a liberation of ink and water, making a folded book form into a vessel for your stories.

After texturising thick watercolour paper with washes, brush strokes and gestural marks, we will create a structure with

  • pockets and valleys for tiny bindings
  • envelopes
  • letters
  • origami
  • pop-ups and postcards
  • Lines of words will meander over round and through the pages
  • we will incorporate strands of exclusive Iona wool.

You don’t need any bookbinding experience; just an openness to experiment and trust the water to work its magic with swirls of ink. A series of guided exercises will deepen your confidence to produce a unique, sculptural, significant work of art.

Producing a book of your own is empowering and delightful: YOU choose the colours, scale, and each particular detail. Play with the composition of busy and spacious. Try developing your own typography.

Indulge in a combination of expressive calligraphy, creative writing, stitching, and pure paper love.

Fibre junkies: Knit or crochet your own wrap around book cover! Marks, Meaning and Magic is a transformative process from blank sheet to a magical unfolding bookart world.


The kit fee includes:

  • Ink
  • thick watercolour paper
  • various papers
  • thread
  • needle
  • notebook
  • labels
  • envelopes
  • ephemera
  • twig brush
  • a dip pen
  • and a length of Iona wool in a special goody bag.

Kit fee: 20 USD


  • Please bring a cutting mat, scissors, metal ruler, pencil, favourite paints/calligraphy pens/wool/rubber stamps
  • Some paper ephemera such as maps, photographs, letters and an old book to cut up.
  • Apron – optional.