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March 15, 2008

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:48 am

Salutations dear readers.

My week long break from school is almost over. It seems to have gone by so quickly.

The weather here in the “burbs” has been wonderfully spring-like for the past couple of days. Today seems to be no exception. It’s bright and sunny and warming up as I type.

Yesterday I taught a class in boxmaking to a group of 5 really nice ladies. We meet at my friend Pat’s house. Pat has a great big studio space that she kindly offered to host the class in.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Painting crinkled paper

The hostess Pat

Covering the boxes

The results of the day

I made the little clasps out of Sculpey for my students. They really need to be painted or made in a colored clay.

I need to be better about keeping notes as I had a bunch of other things that I wanted to share with you rattling around in my head the other day but they all seem to have escaped since then. :( Perhaps they’ll come back to me and I’ll post later.

I do have another interview coming up and I have been working on the headband video. I found that my Flip camera does not take adequate close up shots so I have to switch to the MiniDV camcorder and then splice everything together. I want to take my time and produce a nice understandable video so it will be a few more days.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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  1. Jackie those are lovely little boxes! What fun it must be to teach classes to others! I’ve been asked to teach here but I don’t have the time to prep all the materials by hand- aka I need a board sheer and a good paper cutter first!

    Do you have tutorial for those boxes anywhere? I’ve been meaning to make a box/es for my husband to keep his watches in and those look perfect!

    Comment by Kiley — March 15, 2008 @ 1:56 pm
  2. Hey Kiley,

    I actually don’t have a tutorial for them but check the box section on the bookbinding links page. You might find something similar there.
    For my classes, I prep most of the materials by hand as I haven’t gotten a board shear yet. It doesn’t take as much time as you would think. I do have a guillotine cutter but only use it to cut stacks of paper. Sometime I do a partial prep and let the students do some cutting on their own. It really depends on the complexity of the project that we will be making.


    Comment by jackie — March 16, 2008 @ 9:30 am
  3. Great boxes - another thing on my to try list. The little clasps are a nice touch. Give the boxes a finished look even uncolored.

    Comment by Judy — March 16, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
  4. What great boxes - is that wheat paste paper and did you make it?
    Belated congratulations on your anniversary and a huge thank you, I don’t get much bookbinding done these days, but I love visiting your site with all the creative people posting here. Merle

    Comment by Merle — March 16, 2008 @ 9:47 pm
  5. The paper is made with the crinkle technique. There are a few ways to do this technique but the way we did it is, you put a layer of acrylic paint down, let it dry then ball up the paper, smooth the paper out and add more acrylic paint on the top. You don’t fully cover the paper with the second layer of paint as you want some of the base coat to show through. Once the second coat is dry, ball it up again, smooth it out and apply a third coat by just skimming the paint over the ridges in the paper. The third coat is used for highlights.

    The paper has a lovely texture to it. If you want it fairly flat you can lightly iron it on the back with a warm iron.


    Comment by jackie — March 17, 2008 @ 7:37 am
  6. I’ve spent some quality time with your box page before, it was a life saver when I got halfway through a clamshell and realized I had lost my directions. I’ve been on a bit of a box kick lately and I’ve seen that style pop up all over the place over the last month or so.
    I have to admit to stealing your sculpey idea, no where locally carries bone clasps anymore and I wanted one that day- plus who wants to order $5 of bone claps and pays $10 shipping on them.

    I admire you cutting board by hand for classes. It might be in part from my extreme hatred of cutting board, but it takes me ages just to get one set of boards cut for my own use. I can’t imagine slicing up 8-12 books worth of board. Plus I tend to be a bit OCD so all my boards have to be cut totally straight and exactly the same size.
    I do wish that my first bookbinding instructor would have let us try to cut board by ourselves, I was totally unprepared the first time I tried to do it on my own! However I can see not wanting to try to teach 12 people how to cut board, maybe someday I’ll under take the project!

    Comment by Kiley — March 19, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

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