Mini Artist Books

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6 Lessons – $49.00

Michèle Landsaat creates beautiful worlds and stories with her work in printmaking and etching, and in this class she brings that magic to us in the form of little art books. She helps us find our own narratives and  shares her techniques for creating pages and assembling three mini artist books.

Class Dates: July 9-19, 2024.
Lessons are pre-recorded with forever access.

TEACHER: Michèle Landsaat

Class Description

Mini Artist Books
Instructor: Michèle Landsaat
Class Dates: July 9-19, 2024

In this class we will make three mini artist books. These precious little books can be about anything but they don’t have to be a literal story. For me they spring from the ideas, thoughts and notes that come out of my daily sketchbook routine. If you don’t do this already, I encourage you to establish some sort of regular writing and sketching practice. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day! I’m always amazed what I can do in very little time. We will draw inspiration from this daily practice to make lots of material for our books.

We’ll be paying attention to what feels energized, working spontaneously to weave together your images with short phrases to create a narrative. I’ll demonstrate how to bring together text and images that support one another in an additive way, rather than illustrating the text literally.

We’ll work with India ink, printmaking techniques like pochoir and draw through (also called trace monotype), collage, pamphlet stitch and more.

Throughout this process we make pages and pages of illustrations, writing in the margins as ideas arise, always looking for energized threads that are waiting to become books.

I hope you’ll join me!


Gallery of Michèle’s Work

Some etchings:

Here are some details of some of Michèle’s delicate and imaginative artist books:

And in this class you will make three books like the following:

1. A small accordian book with the theme of repetition and variation (shown here is a collaged version, but you will use the media of your choice).

2. A folded-card book with sewn-in flap, this time adding words with your pictures (using draw-through and pochoir techniques).

3. Finally you will work on a longer narrative book, making lots and lots of ink drawings to use in your final project.

Michèle is a very creative, imaginative storyteller, and this is a great class if you love to draw, make books, write stories and spend time in your imaginary worlds!


Class Itinerary

Lessons are pre-recorded and will be available on the following schedule:

Lesson “0” – Immediately Upon Signup

Lesson 1 – Tuesday, July 9
Lesson 2 – Wednesday, July 10
Lesson 3 – Friday, July 12

Lesson 4 – Tuesday, July  16
Lesson 5 – Wednesday, July 17
Lesson 6 – Friday, July 19

Lesson “0” – Get Started Right Away!
Start a daily writing and sketching practice if you don’t already have one – even if it’s just 5-10 minutes a day. You’ll draw from these for your books.

Lesson 1 – Repetition & Variation Accordion Book
Let’s draw! We’ll warm up by exploring a subject spontaneously and from a variety of angles, including varying the size and feeling tone. You’ll create a simple accordion book with your drawings.

Lesson 2 – Card Book with a Flap (Part 1)
Today you will learn a printmaking technique called draw through or trace monotype. You’ll look through your sketchbook and pick two words writing about them and drawing imagery spontaneously, creating lots and lots of images!

Lesson 3 – Card Book with a Flap (Part 2)
Build your book with a flap pulling from images and text you’ve created, thoughtfully weaving them together.

Lesson 4 – Trifold Book (Part 1)
You’ll pick a topic from your journal or sketchbook and generate content for a longer format story. I’ll work with India ink, micron pens and oil paints, but any media you love will work. Again you’ll make lots of imagery creating 20+ pages in preparation for the next lesson.

Lesson 5 – Trifold Book (Part 2)
We’ll finish all of the pages for the book, laying your images and text out and moving them around to find the flow of your story and filling in any gaps with new material as needed.

Lesson 6 – Trifold Book (Part 3)
It’s time to finish your book! You’ll make your case, cut a window and stitch everything together.

Full Supply List

(But always feel free to substitute with items you already have in your studio!)

  • Sketchbook
  • Paper for your project :
    • select papers you like to draw or paint on that can also be folded into a book. My work is somewhat delicate so I prefer lightweight Japanese papers such as Okawara student & Kitakata (you just need a few sheets as we will be working small)! I work with other Kozo and Gampi papers; here is one you can find on Amazon.
  • Also select heavier papers for your cases/covers: I’ll be using BFK Rives and Canson Mi-Teintes 160g
  • Scrap paper
  • Oil paint: black or dark blue or some dark color (or get a cheap set of oil paints. I found one at my local art store for $9.99)
  • India Ink
  • Paint brushes (I work small so I use 00 to 4 round brushes)
  • Black Gel pens from fine to thick
  • Pencils, colored pencils &/ or markers
  • Binder’s thread & needle
  • Two binder clips to aid with bookbinding. I prefer the tiny 15mm / .6 inch binder clips because I tend to work small.
  • Bone folder
  • X-acto knife, Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler to measure, tear and cut paper
  • Glue stick
  • Cotton balls or paper towels
  • For cleanup: Hand wipes & Paper towels, etc.
  • Optional Supplies:

    • Other drawing tools and paints you like to work with
    • Typewriter or computer if you want to type text

    Michèle Landsaat (American / Pacific Northwest, b. 1968) was born in 1968 in Seattle and lived in Paris before returning to her native city. She received a BA from the University of Washington and studied Illustration at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Seattle. Landsaat is known for her intimate, intricate etchings that feature women, animals, and other invented creatures. The figures that animate her work bring strange and whimsical worlds to life in a unique approach to storytelling.

    She is especially interested in the alchemical and slow process of developing narratives. Her work simultaneously exposes the vulnerability and whimsicality of the world. With the continued use of her signature creatures, new characters, settings, techniques, and tones emerge in service of these impassioned stories. She also loves to bring her work to life in the form of sculptures and art installations.


    Nuts & Bolts

    – Lessons are pre-recorded and will be available on the following schedule:

    Lesson “0” – Immediately Upon Signup

    Lesson 1 – Tuesday, July 9
    Lesson 2 – Wednesday, July 10
    Lesson 3 – Friday, July 12

    Lesson 4 – Tuesday, July  16
    Lesson 5 – Wednesday, July 17
    Lesson 6 – Friday, July 19

    – Private Facebook and Padlet groups will be available for you to (optionally) share your work and receive comments from the instructor and fellow students.

    – You will have indefinite access to this class.