Supplies listing for Inventive Itajime Paper

Inventive Itajime Paper    List of Supplies for participants to bring               Susan Kristoferson © 2013
Scissors, straight edge or ruler, sharp utility or mat knife/rotary cutter, cutting mat, bone folder
Sensible shoes for standing and spilling on, apron, hand towel, scrubbie-type sponge
Two, small, disposable plastic food containers with lids e.g., cottage cheese, a plastic spoon, small bucket, a work towel.
Tight-felted WOOL blanket e.g., an old army blanket OR a piece of WOOL felt from a fabric store or a WOOL paper making felt, OR an acrylic or polar fleece type cloth --sized from 3x4 feet squared up to the size of a twin blanket-may get stained
A few small “blister pack” covers - the light weight, usually clear plastic, covers on top of packs of screws or paper clips etc, (these become tiny disposable dye trays that can be cut down to have short walls).
Glue stick, archival glue, or white glue and glue brush, a little “stitch witchery” (fusible bonding film that can be ironed for attachment).
A few pairs of each as clamping blocks: Disposable plastic or bamboo chop sticks, or dowels, popsicle sticks, 1” to 3” wide aluminum washers or other pairs of little hard flat (or nearly flat) shapes, one side of a plastic milk jug (an empty generic plastic milk jug,), the top of a clear, stiff, deli take-out container, a small scrap of foam core board (both the archival cotton surface or the slippery paper surface work well and differently), 1 or 2 paint mixing sticks.
A small, soft, round water color type paint brush, an eye dropper, a disposable plastic spoon.
Clamping tools: a few small and large paper clips, spring clothes pins, bull dog clips, a small hand-full of various rubber bands, small C clamps—bring what you already have.
Your Personal Stash of things to make marks, colors and collage with such as:  pencils, colored pencils, pastels, water colors, acrylics, gouache, small treasures such as beads, buttons, bits of special solid and/or decorative papers, bits of sheer fabrics such as gauze and chiffon.  Don’t bring it all, just a couple of your favorites.
Two to three pairs of tight fitting Nitrile gloves (no latex)
Bring examples of your work to show and share with the group.  Be prepared to quickly explain during an introductory period what you want to learn or get from this workshop and how you imagine being able to use the workshop information.  This will help me to orient the class to your needs.

Optional: Everyone does not need bring optional items; but it helps if some of you do.  We will be sharing tools and supplies.  If you already have some of these and it’s easy to bring along, please do; our experiences will be that much broader and richer because of your contributions.  
Dyes or inks that you already have and want to experiment with, such as: calligraphy inks, hand-made inks such as walnut ink, India ink, and washfast + lightfast inks that are super finely ground such as FW acrylic inks, Bombay colored India inks, and the variety of Higgins calligraphy inks that are specifically both washfast and lightfast.
Water color “wetters”-an art product that changes the surface tension of water colors, or suminagashi sumifactant, or photo-flo
Any papers, including hand-made papers that you have and want to experiment with--they need to be a “water leaf” type paper.  This means that they need to readily and quickly absorb water as paper towels and toilet paper absorb.  The papers need to have “good wet strength.”  This means that they can be picked up wet and can retain their characteristics of being a sheet of paper (as opposed to a lump of wet mush on the floor.)  We can also work with tracing papers and vellums, coffee filter and tea bag papers, and the new synthetic “papers” that are non-woven interfacing that isnow available as ‘decorative papers’.
A small scraps of Plexi-glass or similar material, a plastic cutting knife.
Sewing machine, with needles and threads; a couple would be helpful in the classroom, an iron—for day two

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