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November 2007
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November 29, 2007

Into the home stretch…

Filed under: Morning Musings, online tutorials — jackie @ 11:38 am

Good morning readers…

I don’t know about you, but I am never prepared for the onslaught of the holidays. Every year I say that I am going to prepare early and every year I am still preparing things and making/buying gifts at the last minute.

I bought a little book a few years ago titled Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For A More Joyful Christmas by Bill McKibben. The message being, of course, about scaling back and enjoying the holidays and the people more than the things. I bought it several years ago at one of those big book sales that they put on in empty storefronts during the holidays. I wish I had picked up a bunch of extra copies to give to family and friends.

I’m in the home stretch with my first semester of college. One more week then exams. Luckily I will only have two to study for but unfortunately they are both on the same day. I’m looking forward to the break as I plan to do a major pre new year clean with lots of organizing and purging of stuff.

On the bookbinding front, there has been some discussion about book presses over on the Book Arts Mailing list. There are a few places that you can get a good handmade book press at a reasonable cost.

One place is, Wood and Metal Craft. They have some nice looking presses for bookbinding and paper arts. They also have a few unique looking tools for binders that you may want to check out. I really like the natural handled awls.

Many of the tools that we use are easily built at home. If you are looking to build a press yourself, here are a few links to help you out.

I have some instructions for making a simple portable press on my guides page.

Here’s a book press tutorial from the tutorials section of the Book Arts List.

Another one that utilizes a bottle jack that is not so portable but easily buildable.

And another bottle jack press that is a little more detailed but still easily buildable.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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November 28, 2007

Home again, home again…

Filed under: Book Swap, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:39 am

Good morning readers.

I’ve actually been home for a few days but have been busy catching up on schoolwork and household chores.

I hope everyone that celebrated had a great Thanksgiving.  I don’t know about you, but I avoided “Black Friday” like the plague. Instead we went to a new brewery and tasted different beers and ate pizza and spent a lovely afternoon together as a family.  It’s something we don’t often get to do as my sisters and parents live upstate so I don’t get to see them as often as I should.

I recently participated in the second book swap held over on the Book Arts Forum. Here are a few photos of the book that I made.

Swap book cover

Swapbook headband detail

One of the things that I like about the swap is that It gives me a chance to play with techniques and materials without worrying about them being perfect. The book I made for this swap is similar to the last in size but I played around with different cover materials.

Here are the specs….The book is 7.5″ tall x 8″wide, it has 40 leaves of hand torn Stonehenge paper, Canson MiTientes endsheets. The back cover and spine is silk and acrylic paint. The front cover is and onlay of a matboard sandwich with colored paper and a handcut design. It has hand sewn headbands and ribbon bookmarks with glass beads.

Of note…

Registration has started for the Art & Soul Retreat in Hampton, Virginia this coming May 2008. There are a few interesting book making workshops. I am thinking about taking one given by Daniel Essig.

There is a nice paste paper tutorial posted by Cassie over on the Paper Kitty blog. Paste paper is fun and easy and makes great looking book covers. You can get as creative with it as you like.

Lots of folks have been looking for one of these… a tutorial on the Secret Belgian Binding. You can see a great example of one of these bindings by Rhonda over on the My Handbound Books blog.

There is an interesting tutorial for making an envelope accordian book over on the Paper Source site. This could def. be made into a hardcover book by adding covers just like in my basic accordian tutorial.

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November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:45 am

Good morning readers.

I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone that celebrates a happy turkey day. I hope everyone has great food and good company today.

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November 18, 2007

Sunday morning coffee, musings and surfing…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:03 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday’s demo at Jerry’s was more productive than I thought it was going to be. I signed a few people up for my next class on Dec. 9. If anyone is interested, I’ll be doing a series of little books perfect for holiday gift giving. I didn’t have any readers stop by and collect their gifts but you all do have two more chances. I’ll be at the Jerry’s “Meet the Artists” night on Nov. 30 from 6-9pm and I’ll be doing another demo on Dec. 16 from 11-2pm.

Things have calmed down around here a bit. Midterms are over with and the big photo jobs have been processed and sent out. Now it’s just getting ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Show of hands, how many of you out there travel for the holidays? I try to avoid it whenever possible but I do like to spend time with family and since they all moved away from the area the only way I can see them is to travel. Luckily all of my immediate family, except one, live in Virginia. The rest are spread far and wide.

As promised, here are some great links to keep you surfing for hours…

The Bookbinding Etsy Street has a blog and they post information regularly. They recently posted a great list f links to paper sources on the web.

Check out the website of Cara Barer. Her photographs give a new meaning to the term “book art”.

Mel Jefferson has some photographs of some of the bindings that he has created on his site. There are some nice examples of the crossed structure binding.

The Society of Bookbinders features galleries of their members work. Definately worth a look.

The Colophon Page has lots of interesting artist’s books to look at as well as links to journals featuring information on artist’s books.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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November 17, 2007


Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:09 am

Good morning readers.

Just a quick drop in to let you local folks in or around the Tidewater, Virginia area know that I will be demoing at Jerry’s Artarama today between 11 and 2. Please stop by and visit with me as it can get a bit quiet there at times. :) As an incentive, if you come by and let me know you read about it on my site, I’ll give you a little gift.

For everyone else, I have a longer post with lots of cool links in the works for tomm. morning.

Stay tuned.

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November 11, 2007

Sunday morning coffee & musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:27 am

Good morning readers.

Holy cow I’ve been busy! I hit the ground running a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped since. Today will be the first day that I get a little bit of a breather. Phew!

I feel like it’s been forever since I posted. I’ve had lots of stuff to post about but no time to do it.

The show I did last weekend was a little disappointing but I think I sold more than alot of the artists did. Most people were buying items under $20. I sold out of my notepad holders and half of my Lotus Star Books went. The star books were something that I made at the last minute as a filler for my space. It was the first year of the show and the promoters did alot of the right things and we were treated very well but they just didn’t get the traffic. It does take a few years for a show to get off the ground and people to know about it. Hopefully next year will be better. 

One of the other things that I did while I was away was teach a workshop to several groups of high school students at the Suffolk Museum in Suffolk, Virginia. We spent the time making lotus star books. The program is sponsored by the Suffolk Art League. They have got some great programs that help promote art in the local schools.

I had the students paint their own cover paper. It was fun to see the color combinations they came up with.

Here’s me instructing one of the students.

Suffolk Museum workshop

A student with a finished book in the open position.

Suffolk Museum workshop

Linda Bunch, of the Suffolk Art League, talking about the exhibit that is currently on display.

Suffolk Museum worshop

Just as a “head’s up”…the Suffolk Museum will be holding an exhibit this spring entitled “The Book As Art”. The show will be hosted by the Suffolk Art League and they will be sending out a prospectus for submissions sometime after the first of the year. All book artists are eligible to apply for admission to the show by submitting photographs of their work. If you’re interested in possibly participating, now is the time to start thinking about what you might like to make. They will be looking for traditional as well as non traditional bindings. More information will be posted here and on the forum as soon as it becomes available.

Of note…

Rhonda, of the My Handbound Books Blog, has posted a new tutorial on making secret fold books. Also, make sure to check out her chopstick notebook tutorial. Both of these books are simple to make and would make nice gifts for your friends during the holidays. Especially if you did them in sets.

If you’re looking for a really unique gift for someone this holiday season, Dave Bull, woodblock printmaker located in Tokyo, is offering beautiful hand printed woodblock prints. He’s got a nice description of how his prints are made as well as a look at the packaging they will arrive in. I ordered one of the bird prints at the top of the page.

Dave’s also got a great page on how his handmade books for his Solitudes print collection are made.

I am hoping to have a couple of fun book tutorials available by the end of the month. Just in time for holiday gift making. :)

I’ve got tons more stuff to post but I’ll save some for later.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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November 1, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:12 am

Good morning readers…

I’m in the final push to get ready for the art show this weekend. I won’t have as much ready as I would like to have but I’m not worrying over it as there will be three of us sharing the space so between all of us we should be able to fill the space nicely.

I don’t know about you but I tend to be a procrastinator, waiting until the last minute to do things. I’ve been like this all my life. It works ok for some things but not for others like say…..making books for shows.

Do any of you who do shows like to have a project to work on will you are there? I’ve found that people are interested when they see you working on something. It draws them in. I thought I’d make some lotus star books while I am sitting there. I can prep all the paper and covers so that all I need to do is fold the paper and adhere the sections together. They look pretty cool when they are made.

Of note:

The November Issue of Galley Gab is available for download. It’s an emagazine geared towards letterpress printermakers but I find it interesting. This month’s issue has an article about the steamroller prints.

I hope everyone has a great day.


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