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March 2007
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March 23, 2007

Belles Fleurs

Filed under: Personal — jackie @ 7:19 pm

A few days ago I had a photographer friend come over to take some photos for my  upcoming tutorial on flush mount albums. I needed some pages for the books insides so I setup and printed out some pages with some of my favorite flower photos. I really like the way the book turned out so I’m going to make a few changes and make some more copies.

Below are photos of the one made during the photo shoot. The cover is off white Duponi Silk. The photos are printed on Legion Photo Matte paper. The endsheets are made from a sandwich of Canson Mi Tientes and bristol board. The headbands are just a fold over of the same ribbon used for the closure ties.

The cover seems a little plain for me so I think for my next one I will make the cover in a natural linen with an inset photo on the cover.

Flush Mount Album cover Flush mount album title page Flush mount album inside Flush mount album headband 

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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 22, 2007

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was an exciting day. We had a bunch of new member signups over on the Book Arts Forum. If you signed up please post a little bit about yourself in the Welcome Wagon board.

A few folks have commented about there already being a few other book arts lists in place such as the Bookbinding Group over on Yahoo and the Book Arts-L listserv. Both have been around a while and both are excellent resources which you should check out. My idea isn’t to compete with or take anything away from these lists, but to offer the book arts community another resource for information and networking within the community. The book and paper arts community has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years and I’d love to see it grow even bigger.

A couple of sites of note this morning.

The Guild of Bookworkers has thier travelling exhibition online. You can also check thier schedule and find out where you can view the exhibition.

The Victoria Arts Connection in Victoria, BC has a show titled Art of the Book which runs in conjunction with The Pacific festival of the Book 2007. From the site “More than 50 artists from across Canada are participating in the Art of the Book. Works range from book cover designs to original art used for book covers as well as art inspired by lilterature, hand made books, conceptual and installation work and performance.”

Don’t forget to send me your name for entry into this Friday’s prize drawing. We still have another week and a half of celebrating our one year anniversary around here.

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March 21, 2007

Big Announcement Wednesday!

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 6:48 am

Good morning readers!

I’ve been a bit AWOL from the site here for the past couple of days. It’s because I’ve been working on a very special project that I’m really excited about.

Without further adieu I’d like to introduce to you the Book Arts Forum. The Book Arts Forum is a newly established online meeting place for anyone interested in the book and paper arts. Membership to the forum is free. You just need to register to post to the private forums. There are message boards for general bookbinding, restoration, papermaking, tips and techniques as well as a general chat area for off topic posts. There is an area to post upcoming workshops and classes, a buy/sell area and a vendor area.

It’s a really quiet over there right now because it’s brand new but don’t let that discourage you from going over and saying hi. And keep checking back as I’m hoping that the forum will be a busy place in the near future.

In other news I’m working on a few new tutorials and am hoping to have them up soon.

Don’t forget to get your name in the jar for this weeks drawing on Friday. I’ve got another cool little gift to give away.

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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 18, 2007

Sunday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Personal — jackie @ 11:15 am

Good afternoon readers.

Yesterdays demonstration at Jerry’s Artarama in Virginia Beach went well. A few readers showed up to say hi and take advantage of the discount on bookbinding supplies and paper. I also had a few folks sign up for the first class on April 1. If you’re local you can find out more about the classes I offer here.

Just thought I’d share with you a few old bindings I’ve done.First is a custom bound copy of The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas. The cover is a half-leather binding in green goatskin and hand marbled paper.

Half binding with green goatskin and marbled paper

Next is the book I call my bible. It’s the first bound book I made and though it is a sad example of binding it holds information of immeasurable value to me. In it I have all my notes from any binding or paper arts classes I have taken or techniques I have tried as well as taped or glued in examples of headbands, stampings, leathers, etc.  You can see all the junk hanging out the top of it. For a few days I couldn’t find it and was beside myself as I needed to look up a technique I haven’t done in a while. I’m happy to report it has been located and is sitting next to me on the desk. The book is quarter bound in green pigskin suede and bark paper. I believe it was made in 1992. Surprisingly it has held up well.

My bookbinding bible

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March 17, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 7:13 am

Good morning surfers…

It’s a cold, wet & rainy outside here this morning. A great day for surfing around the web so grab your favorite surfin drink and let’s go.

First up (cuz I’m hungry this morning) is the site for The International Edible Book Festival . From the site “The International Edible Book Festival is held annually around April 1st. To date, the following countries have held this festival: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France,  Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States of America, Russia. Hong Kong has just announced its participation in 2007. April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. April fools’ day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the “books” are consumed on the day of the event. ” You’ll def. want to check out all the past books in the galleries and you can also find out if there is a celebration happening near you. Bon Apetite!

If you are wanting to try your hand at binding a press printed book check out Convivio Bookworks . They offer some nice looking books which are available in unbound signatures. Right now they are offering a 15% discount off anything you order from their site through Monday March 19th.

Check out the site of Fibre Artist Joanne B. Kaar. She has some photos of pretty cool  books made with her own handmade paper.

Some yummy eye candy…mmmmm… Laurel Parker Book

That it! I’m off to find breakfast and get ready for my demo this morning. Have a great day ya’ll!

Surf’s up!

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March 16, 2007

This week’s winner is…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 3:13 pm

Week 2 winner

Congratulations to Joanne B Kaar. Joanne uploaded some cool photos to the Flickr site of her handmade books and paper. 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.

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 two more chances to win the weekly drawing and everyone gets a chance to win the grand prize at the end of the month.

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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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