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Surfaces: Painted Paper: Maker’s Mess

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Helen McCusker
Duration: 1 day, Saturday, March 28
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95 members/non-members
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none

Registration closes Weds, Mar 25 11:59 PM EST

Smoosh, scrape, smear, drip, splatter, gloop. Take paper from plain to amazing in this wonderful, anyone can do it, workshop. Learn a variety of techniques for applying acrylic paint and mediums to create wonderful decorative surfaces that you can use in many different ways – bookbinding, collage, paper engineering – whatever you can think of.

We’ll use frottage, printing, stencils, wipe-away, inks, textures, transfers and more. You’ll learn how to use contrast, colour and texture to get the most out of your paints. At the end of the day you’ll have a stash of fabulous papers as well as suggestions on how to use it. Lots of samples and demonstrations to inspire you!

Suitable for any level of experience.

This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. She is a member of the Etobicoke Art Group f and an Instructor for Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts Mississauga, and Haliburton School of Art & Design. Active in the local art scene, Helen shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center, Visual Arts Mississauga, and other venues. Paper Engineering (Pop Up) and Paper Sculpture have been a regular part of Helen’s art practice for over twenty years. She has taught many workshops to a variety of groups, amongst them – The Etobicoke Art Group, Visual Arts Mississauga, CBBAG and private workshops. Painting papers is one of her favourite things to do and she has a very large, and growing stash. Helen’s teaching is based on a solid understanding of paper engineering techniques and practices, and personal attention to each student. She is enthusiastic about helping students discover their potential and encouraging artistic exploration. To see Helen’s work go to: theartfulpopup.blogspot.ca, Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook or Helen McCusker on Instagram.


March 28
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


CBBAG Bindery
180 Shaw Street, Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario Canada