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April 1, 2007

A quick post…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:46 am

Good morning readers.

I’m off to teach a class on simple bookbinding this morning. I will have the students make a simple binding with a faux leather cover. I saw this photo of some book covers over on Flickr and thought since I normally have my students paint on crumpled craft paper for their book cover I’d give the faux leather look a try. I painted my crumpled craft paper sheet with light brown acrylic paint and after it dried I rubbed the surface with brown shoe polish. Once the shoe polish dries you can buff it up to a shine. I glued the cover on with PVA instead of a dry adhesive because I wanted the paper to smooth out and not have a textured suface. Normally I would try to keep the wrinkled surface so the cover would be more textured. Next time I will smooth the paper out more before painting it as I think this one has too much texture. It’s got a nice feel though and with the polish on the cover it makes it water resistent. :o

Hedgehog with faux leather cover

Edited to add: I did one of these in a darker brown during the class and it looked alot more leather like. The covers have a leathery feel to them once they dry. I gave it away so I can’t show you a pic but it’s a cool technique worth trying if you are looking for something diff. for your book covers.

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March 31, 2007

And the Grand Prize winner…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 4:30 pm

All the names of the weekly winners were put back in the jar with the others and the grand prize winner was picked from the jar by my lovely assistent Terri. And the grand prize winner is….. Joanne B. Kaar.  Joanne gave herself several chances to win by posting comments on the blog as well as photos over on the Flickr site. Joanne will recieve a copy of the Keith Smith book Bookbinding For Book Artists as well as a few other goodies. Congratulations Joanne!

Thanks for a great first year everyone. I’m looking forward to many more.

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March 23, 2007

This week’s winner is…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 3:56 pm


Congratulations Kristin! She will receive a fun little gift to play with in her bookarts endeavors. I’ll post photos once she gets her package as I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Photos of the previous winners gifts should be up soon. Both packages had a long way to travel.

If you didn’t win this week your name will stay in the jar for next Fridays drawing. If you post another comment this week or a photo of your books over on the Flickr site you will get your name put in the jar again giving you more chances to win. You still have one more chance to win the weekly drawing and everyone gets a chance to win the grand prize next Sat. 

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It’s Friday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:37 am

Good morning readers.

We had a few folks join the Book Arts Forum yesterday as well as a some new posts. If you haven’t checked it out please head on over and become a member. If you or anyone you know is offering classes or workshops in the book or paper arts please feel free to post about them in the educational opportunities area of the community forum.

I’ll be drawing for this week’s prize around noon EST so there is still time to get your name in the jar. 

A few sites of note this morning.

Brian Sawyer has an awesome link list of bookbinding tutorials. He also has a great beginner tutorial of his own.  Check it out.

Flickr seems to be a site where folks post photos of thier bookmaking processes. Here’s a cool tutorial for making books from household and recycled materials. Here’s a set from the same person showing photos of the process. Here’s another set showing the basic process of making a book. Here’s one more from another Flickr member showing photos of thier binding process. I’m sure that some of these sets have been used on the individuals bolgs as illustration for a post but they are interesting to see on their own.

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March 19, 2007

The start of a new week…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 4:17 pm

Good afternoon readers.

The University of Alabama has a great site with information about their Master of Fine Arts in the Book Arts Program.  They also have a page of Podcast interviews with book and paper artists. They are def. worth a listen.

If you haven’t been over to the Flickr group recently def. check it out as there are some new photos of bindings posted by some of our readers.

I’m busy with a few new projects. I have a photog friend coming over tomm. to take some photos for a new tutorial. Stay tuned.

I will be moving the special interviews to their own page soon. In the mean time you can find the interview for Keith Smith here, for J. Hewitt & Sons Ltd here and John Michael Cooper’s interview here.

Don’t forget to get your name in the jar for this Friday’s drawing.

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March 16, 2007

It’s Friday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:24 am

Good morning readers.

It’s Friday and for some of us that means the end of a long week of work and 2 days of fun bookmaking time ahead.

A few sites of note this morning.

Here is an interesting site on book foredge paintings. If you don’t know what a foredge painting is check out the what is a foredge painting page to see a cool video demonstration.

If you have children or are a teacher you might enjoy the blog of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord which is devoted to making books with children.

The Journal of Artist’s Books is back in print. From the site “Still dedicated to providing a forum for critical, theoretical, and creative engagement with artists’ books, JAB is now a publication of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Our mission is to develop the field of artists’ books by means of critical discourse and creative exploration of the intersections of book arts, artists’ books, poetry, photography, experimental literature, and other book related creative endeavors. We are interested in expanding the audience for artists who make books, and each issue of JAB will be filled with essays, reviews, and artists’ projects focused on the book as an action-packed intermedia form of art.” You can read a few of their back issues online at their site.

Be sure to check out our Flickr group as members have been posting photos of their work and they have made some pretty cool books.

There’s still a time to get your name in the jar for todays drawing.

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March 14, 2007

Interview with J. Hewit & Sons LTD, Roger Barlee & David Lanning

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:05 am

To a bookbinder or book artist what can be more satisfying than the feel of smooth calfskin leather stretched taut over boards or the soft feel of textured goatskin wrapped around a block of sewn paper. Most bookbinders and book artists, no matter how long they have been practicing their craft, eventually get drawn in by the seduction of leather for covering their books.

One of the companies that has been supplying leather to bookbinders and book artists for many years is J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. The company can trace its history back to about 1806. How long they were in business before that is still a bit sketchy.

(read more…)

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March 11, 2007

Sunday maintenance…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:52 am

Good morning all.

A couple of things. First , I noticed that if you are not logged in as a member of Flickr you won’t be able to see all the great book photos that are uploaded to Flickr group. That’s something I didn’t realize. A membership is free and you don’t get spammed with stuff for joining. Plus it gives you the option of uploading photos of your books to our group. I’d love to see what everyone is working on.

I also just wanted to let everyone know that when someone comments to a post here on the site I always respond with a personal email. That’s why you don’t see alot of responses here by me. If someone has asked a question and I think others might benefit from the answer I will def. post a comment here.

I will finally be updating the Hedgehog tutorial this week to reflect some changes in the way that I make them. I’ll post here when it is ready so you all can download the newest revision. I also have a few new tutorials that I will be working on and will hopefully have up soon. One is for a simplified version of a larger style book/paper press. I’ve seen a few sets of plans around the Internet and I think one can be made much more simply so I’ve challenged myself. Of course, I’ve been working on the tutorial since this past summer and all the parts and pieces are sitting around my studio.

Just a reminder for you local folks…I will be demonstrating at our local Jerry’s Artarama next Sat. the 17th from 10 am- 2pm. Please stop by and say hi.

I hope everyone enjoys their day!

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March 10, 2007

Special interviews…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 12:28 pm

Just wanted to remind everyone that the interviews with Keith Smith and John Michael Cooper (of Altf Photography) are still up. You can find the interview for Keith Smith here. And John’s interview here.

Also, next week’s interview will be with David Lanning and Roger Barlee of J Hewitt & Sons Limited.

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March 9, 2007

And the winner is…

Filed under: Announcements, General — jackie @ 12:34 pm

Jar with names

And the winner…picked by my lovely assistant Terri…is…

First winner

Congratulations to Amanda Watson. She will receive a goody box with fun stuff to help in her bookarts endeavors.

If you didn’t win this week your name will stay in the jar for next Fridays drawing. If you post another comment this week or a photo of your books over on the Flickr site you will get your name put in the jar again giving you more chances to win.

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