Welcome to Spring Leaf Press!

Upcoming workshops and events:


Linocut Printing and Card Making Workshop
Date: December 4, 2014, register by December 2nd
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmLocation: Gather Shoppe, Fountain Square Mall – Suite 112. BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $65.00

relief printingIn this workshop, we will use linoleum to learn how to make simple relief prints and turn them into greeting cards. We will begin by cutting a practice block and explore mark making before we delve into cutting our images. Students will learn how to transfer their images onto the block, cut safely, and print those blocks by hand. Because of time limitations, please plan your image* to be no bigger than 4 inches by 4 inches. Tools and supplies will be provided, but if you have your own linoleum cutting tools you would like to use, please bring them.

* When selecting the image for your block, pick something that has simple lines and keep in mind that it will print in reverse.

Register here.


Japanese Stab Binding Workshop
Date: December 10, 2014, register by December 7th
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Gather Shoppe, Fountain Square Mall – Suite 112. BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $65.00

japanese binding open japanese binding redJapanese bindings are a great introduction to bookbinding, and the techniques taught in this workshop can be applied to many types of projects. Using traditional Japanese bookbinding methods, each workshop participant will make their own soft cover, pouch bound book with handmade paper covers. These books make great sketchbooks and journals.

Tools and supplies will be provided!

Register here.



Paste Materials and Reporter Style Notebook Workshop
Date: December 18, 2014, register by December 15th
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Gather Shoppe, Fountain Square Mall – Suite 112. BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $65.00

paste cloth detailPaste cloth and paste papers are decorative materials used throughout the book arts. They are created by painting a wheat paste/paint mixture on paper or cloth and drawing or combing designs in it while wet. Once dry, these materials can be used in a number of applications. After a brief introduction, participants will create their own custom papers and cloths. Some of these materials will then be used to make a reporter style notebook. All tools and materials will be provided, but participants are invited to bring along any mark making tools they would like to use.

Register here.


Clamshell Box Making
Date: February 28-March 1, 2015 Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm, with a short break for lunch
Location: Spring Leaf Press Studio, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Fee: $150.00

The clamshell box is the most versatile protective enclosure for artwork, books and objects. In this two day workshop, we will construct a sturdy clamshell box using handmade paper and bookcloth that not only protects the objects inside but is a great way to present professional work. During the class, we will discuss modifying the traditional clamshell in order to accommodate unusual shapes, create divided trays, and even make secret compartments. Participants will also learn how to make their own book cloth which can be used in the workshop or saved for future projects. The clamshell box will be made to house materials that are 8 x 10 inches. If you’re interested in making your clamshell box to hold materials of a different size, please say so at the time of registration.

Reserve your spot by emailing me here. Workshop fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card the day of the workshop. Upon registration, participants will be sent a list of things they should bring to the workshop.

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Box Making for Artist Books, Paper and Book Intensive 2015!
at Oxbow’s beautiful campus in SAUGATUCK, MICHIGAN
May 17 to 28, 2015
Session 1

Clamshell Closed plaquettes secret compartmentStu­dents will learn how to con­struct pro­fes­sional enclo­sures for artist books using mate­ri­als and tech­niques cre­atively. We will dis­cuss ways that the boxes can ref­er­ence the nature of the item or items inside while main­tain­ing a cohe­sive design. We will explore a range of mate­ri­als, both tra­di­tional and uncom­mon, as they can be applied to enclo­sures and books. Through the cre­ation of a vari­ety of pla­que­ttes, we will also explore dec­o­ra­tive tech­niques such as raised and recessed sur­faces, sten­cil­ing, and wrap­ping curved board edges. The project made in class will house the prac­tice pla­que­ttes, con­tain a secret com­part­ment held closed with mag­nets, and have a divided tray within the secret com­part­ment with inset options, giv­ing stu­dents more prac­tice with unusual inte­ri­ors. This work­shop will be per­fect for book artists and any­one inter­ested in box making.

See the full catalog of course descriptions at the PBI Website.


Bloomington Open Studios Tour
June 6-7, 2015
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
More info HERE.

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