The Illustrated Notebook:
Simple Illustration Techniques
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Saturday April 17, 2021
10 AM to 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are
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. (Sorry, though the workshop is open to anyone across the globe, the sample shipping is restricted to US addresses only.)


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $95, 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 $95 as your guide and go from there.


The PDF attached here will serve as a guide for suggested art supplies to have on hand. You will also, of course, need a tablet or computer with Internet connection and the following tools and supplies:


• Bone folder
• Binder’s clips (2)
• Scissors
• Awl
• Ruler (at least 12”)
• Bookbinding sewing needle
• X-acto knife and sharp blades
• Self-healing cutting mat
• Glue stick
• 1/2" glue brush (an inexpensive flat paintbrush is fine)
• Fine black marker (like a Micron .05)
• Mechanical pencil and extra lead (or regular pencil is fine)
• Paper for note taking
• 1 sheet of 9 x 12 White or light colored “fun” or “Wonder” foam, 1/16 to 1/4” thick OR a recycled padded foam-style (but not bubble wrap) mailing envelope

Helpful Tools if you have them:

• Linoleum cutting tool (like the Basic Speedball Lino Set No. 1)
• Japanese hole punch or other paper punch
• Brush for watercolor or tempera paint (a basic big one, like a kid’s paintbrush)
• Scissors with blade that cuts patterns


• 10 sheets of 6” high x 9” wide paper, heavyweight text paper (that folds well short side to short side) is best, such as a 90 lb drawing or a thin mixed media paper
• Thread for sewing the sample book: 20” of linen, button & carpet thread, or unflavored dental floss


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.