To mark Children’s Art Week and celebrate the plants that have burst into bloom during lockdown, this Bookbinding & Botanicals kit shares some of my favourite nature-inspired mark-making techniques and 3 projects you can follow to turn your prints into unique and usable books.
I have loved discovering the wild plants on my doorstep this past few months and exploring their intricate patterns as part of my #100daysofplantprints project (more on that here). Simply put, taking time to be out in nature and get creative is good for the soul!
Part foraging and plant identification, part mark-making and bookbinding – Bookbinding & Botanicals will inspire you to get back to nature and get creative, with lots of ideas on how to use a range of low-fi mark making techniques to create a bounty of beautiful books that can be used as nature journals, notebooks and/or sketchbooks.
More specifically my video tutorials cover how to make:
- Wax leaf rubbings
- Ink plant prints
- A set of botanical foam stamps that can be used again and again
- A pressed leaf pamphlet stitch notebook
- A Japanese stab twig book with botanical stamped cover
- A single sheet folded book with layered leaf rubbings and plant prints
The Bookbinding & Botanicals is suitable for children aged 8+, with assistance from an adult – a great family activity to do together in the summer holidays! Older children (11+) should be able to manage without assistance but will need access to the internet to watch my how to videos. And of course big kids i.e. adults are welcome to join in – I regularly use these techniques in my adult only workshops and look forward to sharing some ideas for how you can apply them to create stunning results!
Bookbinding & Botanicals is available as a kit and video tutorial combo or you can source the materials yourself and buy access to the video tutorials and activity sheets only. Scroll down for options and a kit list.
I feel passionately about widening access to creative participation and recently received some funding from Engage that has enabled me to distribute 30 Bookbinding & Botanicals kits to disadvantaged children in North Edinburgh as part of Children’s Art Week, working in partnership with North Edinburgh Arts (NEA). If you want to further support this initiative and can afford to do so, there is the option to make a £5 donation when purchasing a kit – this will enable me to distribute additional craft kits to families in North Edinburgh, working in partnership with NEA.
Please note: I am currently only set up to deliver kits within the UK, price includes first class postage. If based outside the UK, please get in touch via email@example.com and I will happily look into postage costs which will be in addition to the price below.
Bookbinding & Botanicals Kit and video tutorials
All the tools and materials you need to experiment with botanical stamp making, wax leaf rubbing, ink plant prints and create 3 nature-inspired books incorporating your prints, plus extra paper to practice your mark making. Tools/materials include: an ink stamp pad, paper, thread, wax crayons, foam for stamp making, glue stick, book film, recycled ruler, pencil and bookbinding tools. Each kit also comes with a pack of seeds from the wonderful folk at Seeds of Hope Scotland (www.seedsofhope.scot) which you can use to plant up your own wild flower meadow, plus a plant identification activity sheet. *Kits will be sent out the first week in July accompanied by an email with password protected link to access a series of step-by-step video tutorials that you can follow at your own pace.
Bookbinding & Botanicals Kit and video tutorials, plus £5 donation
Select this option to buy a Bookbinding & Botanicals kit with access to all the tools, materials and tutorials listed in the post above AND make a £5 donation towards gifting a Bookbinding with Cass craft kit to a child/family in need, in association with North Edinburgh Arts.
Bookbinding & Botanicals video tutorials
Access to my series of Bookbinding & Botanical video tutorials and plant identification activity sheets. You will need the following tools/materials to complete the three projects covered in my videos: A5 copy paper x24 sheets, thicker A5 paper for book covers x3, A4 copy paper x1, bookbinding thread or embroidery thread, A5 sheet of funky foam x1, wax crayons in a selection of colours, ink stamp pad, bulldog clips/pegs, awl/push pin, bookbinding/tapestry needle, glue stick, split pins x2, decorative paper offcuts, pencil, scissors, ruler, cork punch board or old magazine. *Access to the video tutorials will be emailed to you on Monday 6 July.
Bookbinding & Botanicals video tutorials, plus £5 donation
Select this option to buy access to my Bookbinding & Botanicals video tutorials as detailed above AND make a £5 donation towards gifting a Bookbinding with Cass craft kit to a child/family in need, in association with North Edinburgh Arts.