Exploration & Structure – Mark Making with Handmade Brushes and the Drum Leaf Book Structure

November 4-5, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Explore Mark Making and Book Arts in this two-day class. From the process of making our own brushes using collected items from nature and other found objects and then using them to put mark to paper in free form expression. We will experiment with marks you can make from your brushes on various paper. Day one is all about exploration.

Day 2 is about structure and the art of the book. Using our papers from the prior day, we will learn three different adhesive-based book structures using the similar technique of Drumming. The first two are the Japanese Flutter Book and Butterfly Book and the final book will be the Drum Leaf binding.

The Drum Leaf Book is a perfect binding for photographers, printmakers and all artist who would like to present their work in a structure that has a full page spread and opens flat.

Skills and Techniques:

• Creative Brush-making
• Mark-making with ink
• Asemic writing
• Book binding fundamentals
• Determining paper grain
• Cover variations
• Adhesive Techniques
• Proper use of tools and safety

Materials Fee: $30 Paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment to bring:
Bone Folder
Metal Ruler
Cutting Mat
Utility knife or ex-acto with new and extra blades
Material will be on hand for your use in making your brushes, but please feel free to bring any material or fibers you would like to incorporate into your brushes. Also, strong sticks or driftwood sticks that you would like to to use.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.