Bookbinding and Panoramic Landscape Watercolour

Using beautiful, high quality papers, ink and watercolour, be guided in folding and binding an accordian style artist book, then after lunch, launch straight into filling it with watercolour creations inspired by your own photo reference, imagination or our North Sydney neighbourhood.

Samantha will share many essential binding skills and tips that will allow you confidently embark on your own book projects. Ingrid will share her intuitive artmaking process and demonstrate various contemporary watercolour and ink treatments to help you continue your own watercolour journey.

Sam and Ingrid crossed paths professionally, they found they shared a similar aesthetic and eventually realised their artistic pursuits perfectly complemented each other... Sam’s traditional book making skills and Ingrid’s contemporary watercolour techniques are a match made in creative heaven! They have a friendly and supportive approach and participants in previous workshops have been delighted with a day engrossed in learning and making with the generous and skilful duo. The full day workshop features plenty of demonstrations, guidance and time to create a beautiful panoramic artist book using quality materials, with everything provided. 

No experience necessary, this is a relaxed and friendly format, allowing you to enjoy learning about handling paper and watercolour.

If you have your own preferred colours or materials & tools, please bring them along - no problem if you don’t, we will provide colours for you to work with in a restrained Australian landscape inspired palette.

Morning and Afternoon Tea included, please bring your

Tutor: Ingrid Bowen

Working in traditional watercolour and contemporary mixed media techniques, Ingrid Bowen’s practice centres around exploring intrinsic responses to landscape. Often nostalgic and whimsical in representation, she draws details in and out of focus from observations and recollections of places both lost and yearned for. Her narrative examines innate connections to terrain and storylines, largely informed by responses to her surroundings and her own history. Predominantly self taught, Ingrid works in a studio space at Eramboo Artist Environment in Terrey Hills on Sydney’s northern beaches, surrounded by National Park and with an abundance of lively wildlife neighbours. This quintessentially Australian location presses into her studio and her artworks, mingling with the collected memories and inspiration from her travels and her connection to rural Australia. Considered an emerging artist, Ingrid has been consistently busy with exhibitions and commissions since taking up painting full time in 2014.

Tutor: Samantha Mackie

I am a full time photographer and a part time artist. For a long time I have also created handmade books in various forms for myself and others to contain, record, hide and display their thoughts, memories and artworks. I cannot imagine a time when people will not be drawn to objects made by hand, real to the touch. Such things contain something special…desirable warmth that no amount of technology can match.