Flora & Fauna

Two Seasons of Bookmaking with Jana Freeman

Flora & Fauna: Two Seasons of Bookmaking with Jana Freeman


Spring is the time most associated with renewal and growth, while Autumn beckons harvesting the rewards of all that has germinated, thrived, and survived from the Spring and Summer months. These themes represent the liveliest seasons in each year. No matter where you live in the world, you can expect extremes in terms of celebratory color, weather, and spectacular flora and fauna. Nobody can ignore Mother Nature’s exuberance on display in Spring and Autumn.

Drawing from nature, and inspired by the seasons of Spring and Autumn, you will make two separate books to celebrate the brilliance of renewal and the satisfaction of harvest time. Using humble supplies, Jana will guide you in creating two distinctly different books utilizing many of the same materials and supply inspiration. You will create two of the most marvelously colorful books that celebrate the colors, whimsy and natural occurrences during Spring and Autumn.

Students will learn:

  • a simple bookmaking process that can be sized up or down for other book projects,
  • to make handcrafted stamps for use in mark-making and creating one-of-a-kind collage images for usethroughout their books,
  • how to build up richly layered, detailed and visually stunning backgrounds,
  • the use of simple materials to create interesting details that draw the viewer into the spread, inviting them tointeract with the artwork,
  • how to use the color wheel to incorporate color, layer by layer,
  • to create unique, whimsical characters,
  • how to use stitching as an attention-grabbing element,
  • the many ways to attach 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional embellishments to their book pages,
  • to resolve design challenges,
  • to listen to their materials and use that inspiration for storytelling,
  • to exude confidence in listening to and responding by utilizing their creative intuition.


Here’s what you can expect:

  • Step-by-Step Mixed Media Tutorials
  • Video Tutorials
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Work at your own pace.
  • Wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to expand their creativity.

*Please note this class is not included in the all access pass.


Your Instructor

Jana Freeman
Jana Freeman

Jana spent a career working in various support roles to high profile architects and in managing their firms. Approximately ten+ years ago, Jana left her position in the workplace and pursued advanced studies in both wine and art. Her thirst for more art knowledge and technique, led her to open the successful venue, Way Art Yonder Studio, where she has hosted leading artists and talent in the mixed media and book arts world. She is a wife, a mother, a Nana, mixed-media artist, wanderluster, wine goddess extraordinaire, and the emotional support human to one devastatingly handsome Labrador Retriever, Marcel.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts August 1, 2023 and never ends! Once it begins, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. For the life time of this course/my school.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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