The Illustrated Notebook:
Simple Illustration Techniques
Instructor: Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Saturday January 8, 2022
10 AM to 4 PM Eastern Standard Time (there will be breaks!)
From wherever you are, VIA ZOOM
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)
Class limit: 15

Explore a variety of simple yet effective ways of incorporating illustration and text in artists' books. Using paint, thread, stencils, and other materials, we will make marks on paper to learn the possibilities of each method. These include paper manipulation, stenciling, and rubber stamps, among others. Demos will be presented, with students trying the techniques at home with the supplies they have readily available. We will bind our samples in a small book to serve as inspiration and reference for future projects. Artistic applications, along with the benefits and limitations of various methods will also be covered. These techniques don’t require expensive equipment and can be used for both one-of-a-kind and editioned work. Each student will receive small samples of demonstrated techniques to add to their sample book, mailed after the workshop (U.S. shipping only).

A list of art supplies for the demo techniques will be sent prior to the workshop. These materials are mostly common art and household supplies, like crayons, watercolors or other water-based ink or paint, sponge, low tack “blue” masking tape, and scraps of nice paper. It is not necessary to have all of them to participate in the workshop. The idea is for participants to use materials they already have or can easily get, to see demos of techniques, and then afterward receive samples of what was shown by the instructor.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone ( John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $125, but your tuition is Self-Determined. Our goal is to make this workshop experience accessible. If your personal financial situation is difficult right now, pay what you can. If you can afford to pay more, we deeply appreciate that. Use our suggested tuition of $125 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with Internet connection, access to a printer or copy shop, plus the supplies and materials listed here in this PDF document.


Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life, among other topics. Her artists' books are held in public and private collections, have been exhibited in the United States and Germany, and won awards. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. She has been a Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.