Discover Printing with a Gelli Plate

Saturday, April 22nd, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bring Lunch!

Cost: $80 Includes All Materials

A $40 deposit is required to hold your space. This is non-refundable.

Decorative papers made by Claudia Lee using gelli plates.

If you’ve never tried mono-printing on a gelli plate but have always wanted to, this is for you!  This is such an amazing tool for creating complex prints on paper.

We will be focusing on printing layered, textured and beautifully patinaed surfaces to use as a foundation for other decorative techniques or just as it is.

This is like eating potato chips. You will keep coming back for more.

The class size is limited to 6 students.

Strap-Bound Books!

Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bring lunch!
Cost: $80 includes all materials
A $40 deposit is required to hold a space. This is non-refundable

We will be making two strap-bound books with
paste paper covers. These are wonderful books
for journals, cookbooks, sketchbooks, gardening
books, and travel journals. You get the idea!
Our colorful covers will be the cherry on the cake.
$80 includes all your materials. A $40 non-refundable
deposit holds your space.

The class size is limited to 6 students.

Two versions of strap-bound books made by the artist Claudia Lee.

Japanese Pigmented Paste Papers

March 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Woodbury Arts Center of Cannon County

To sign up: 615-563-2787

Cost: $40, includes all your materials

Wear work clothes or an apron and bring a box of wax paper for taking wet work home.

Claudia Lee's work in Japanese pigmented paste papers.

This technique for making decorative papers is often referred to as finger painting for adults. We actually use lots of different low-tech tools to create complex-looking papers that are perfect for collages, book-making, gift wraps, handmade bags, or any other project that uses decorative papers.

This is fun and easy and no experience is necessary for great results. Go home with lots of papers to use in your own projects.

Exploring the Complexities of Decorative Papers

Date: April 9 – April 14, 2023
Discover how to make your own paper using natural abaca. Then, mix and layer products in a variety of decorative techniques to develop intricate patterns. From the simple to the complex, you will learn the process of transforming your work to new levels of interest and beauty. Use these new papers to construct books, bags, and other creative projects throughout the remainder of the week. Your creations will surprise and delight you! All levels are welcome.

A Bounty of Books

Date: July 9-14, 2023
Explore a multitude of book structures including five Japanese-style bindings, a strap-bound binding, five variations on the concertina fold, and more. Also learn various, low-tech ways to create decorative papers for your books: suminagashi (Japanese marbling), rust papers, Japanese paste, and even using a home printer. Return home with a notebook full of resources, useful directions, inspirational samples, and finished work.

The Joy of Gel Plate Printing

Date: August 18 & 19, 2023 in Chamblee, Georgia

A gel plate is a soft, translucent, and flexible plate that is used for transferring paint to paper. What can be done with this low-tech, no press needed plate, is truly exciting.
Using many materials such as transfers, stencils, paints and inks, markers, mark-making tools, and more, students will make prints that can stand alone or be used for collage, book-making, or anything you would use decorative paper for.
We will use some of these papers to make a strap book that can then be used for color swatches and design ideas.
Be prepared for instant gratification and addiction of the best kind!

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In the Bag & Outside the Box 

Date: September 2023 in Ballarat, Australia


Once or twice a year I offer a series of workshops in Papermaking, Boro Paper Making, Book Making, Stitched Box Making, Wax Resist, and other Decorative Papers and other paper-related classes.

If this doesn’t suit you, there is another option available.

I welcome individuals and small groups who want to come to the studio for a custom-designed class. I even do classes as part of birthday parties or other celebrations. Come with your family or friends for a day (or several) of creative play or serious study.

Suggestions for Private or Small Group Workshops at Liberty Paper


  • Intro to papermaking /1-day
  • Setting up a studio /1-day
  • Boro-style papermaking / 2-day
  • papermaking for a personal project
  • Pigments & natural dyes / 2-day

MAKING ARTIST BOOKS (1-day workshops)

  • Ethiopian 2-needle Coptic
  • Origami Books
  • Japanese bindings
  • Mix of bindings
  • Strap-bound books
  • Concertinas & variations
  • Tunnel books

Wax Resist on Paper 1-day

Japanese Paste Papers 1-day

Hand-Stitched Paper Boxes 2-day

Japanese-Style Triangle Bags & Betty Bags 1-day

Stitching & Collage on Paper 1-day

Private Consultation/ hourly

Private Use of the Studio with Technical Support 

Cost for Workshops at Liberty Paper

Basic Workshops / $150 per day per person, Includes Materials

Private Consultation / $200 per hour , minimum of one hour

Private Use of the Studio with Technical Support / $150 per day per student, Materials Extra

The maximum number of students for papermaking is four (4) and for other workshops the maximum number of students is six (6). 

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