Magic Books & Paper Toys

Course #5000008
Esther K. Smith

assorted paper: text weight, cover weight, decorative endsheet paper, collage assortants and/or a pad of 90lb paper can work.
bone folder
dry adhesives: glue stick, double-stick tape, and/ or transfer tape, etc.
awl - long thin point.  an etching needle or potter’s needle are ok
needles: large eye (big enough for heavy thread) dulled point
linen thread (available from instructor at $1/length

Optional materials:
exacto knife and blades, cutting mat
pencils, sharpener
colored pencils
collage materials, buttons, beads, etc
rubber stamps and stamp pads

Other materials may be assigned as needed.

You are required to purchase this textbook: Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith
This book can be purchased from McNally Jackson Bookstore or from your instructor on the first night of class.

Suggested supply stores:
Talas - 330 Morgan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211, 212-219-0770
NY Central Art Supply - 3rd Ave and East 11th Street, NYC
Royalwood - 517 Woodville Road  Mansfield, Ohio 44907, 1-800-526-1630
Daniel Smith Art Supply - 1-800-426-6740 , Seattle, WA
Davinici - 132 W.21st St. 212-871-0220 / 137 E.23rd St. 212-982-8607

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