Book-Making & Paper Arts Workshop with Elizabeth Creith, July 23 & 25 (Summer Programs 2024)

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This two-day workshop, led by local author and artist Elizabeth Creith covers the foundational aspects of bookmaking and paper arts. From selecting materials, using tools, practising techniques, choosing content and adding decoration, Elizabeth will guide participants on a journey to produce their own handmade books and paper crafts! Workshop is recommended for ages 10 and up. If you have any questions about who is eligible to register, please contact us at or call 705 257 6106.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their bookmaking skills through learning how to make cards, albums, journals, archive books, notebooks, mementos and more. We will also explore how to create different styles of books, including a folded book, accordion book, lotus book, star book and others.

Some of the skills taught in this workshop will include: 

  • Gluing techniques
  • Burnishing
  • Folding 
  • Piercing
  • Stitching (Pamphlet stitching, stab stitching)
  • Text layout
  • Collage
  • Pop-up techniques
  • Printing/drawing painting techniques
  • And more!

Suggested materials to bring for the bookmaking workshop include scissors, cutting mats and steel (or wooden with a steel edge) rulers. Participants can also bring their own craft knives if they feel comfortable using them. Some parts of the workshop may be challenging, so if a child wants to participate they must be accompanied by an adult (their adult is welcome to participate as well!). Registrants needing additional support are welcome to bring a support person at no additional  cost.

The workshop will run 10:00 am to 4:00 pm including a lunch break on Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25, at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line Rd., St. Joseph Island. Please bring your own lunch, garbage-free as possible.

Cost for the weeklong workshop is $90+HST. Subsidized pricing options are available, funded by the Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund, please see registration page. We gratefully accept donations to this fund so that we can continue to make our programming accessible to all.


Elizabeth Creith

Elizabeth Creith is a local writer and artist. She is the author of the YA fantasy novel The Swan Harp, as well as Shepherd in Residence, Erik the Viking Sheep, and more. You can learn more about her by visiting her website HERE.

Message from Elizabeth:
“We all start out as artists, but too many of us stop at some point. I believe that art is an essential part of life, and that making it enriches both the artist’s life, and the lives of those around them. I love to teach people that they can do art. I love that moment when they light up and realize that, yes, art is for them, too. I’ve been making books for twenty-five years, and I never get tired of either doing it or teaching it.”

See below for samples of Elizabeth’s work.