Sunday, April 6, 2014

Newport Paper Arts Festival Recap & Book Cloth Demos

Fabric Book Cloth by Michele
In lieu of a workshop this month, we will have "Demonstrations" and a "Show & Tell" from our members. Michele Olsen will demonstrate how to make your own Wheat Paste Book Cloth, a method she learned at the Focus on Book Arts Conference last year from Tim Ely. Tim, who has one foot in the Middle Ages, uses wheat paste to make his book cloth. He likes to use old-fashioned techniques to create materials for his books and this method has been used for centuries. Michele likes it because the paste saturates the fabric and provides a bit of protection for the surface. Wheat paste, water, thin paper, glue brush, and fabric are the basic supplies. This book cloth is very easy to make, materials are readily available and non-toxic. Demonstration will include handouts on "recipes" and lots of tips.

Dolores Guffey will demonstrate another method of making book cloth by using fusible interfacing to bond fabric to a paper backing.

Norbag members who attended the Newport Paper Arts Festival will bring their creations from the following workshops: Origami Temple; Polymer Clay Journal Cover and Pen; Naturalist's Woodland Journal; Coiled Baskets with Paper Cord; Experimental Paste Papers; Silk and Plant Fiber Fusion Paper and Beaded Fiber Cuff; Miniature Book Box with Compartments; Leapin' Leporellos; Pochoir:The Art of French Stenciling; and perhaps a few more.
Please join us.

Saturday, April 19
Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Decorative Papers at the Library Kiosk

Humboldt County is ablaze with the colors of spring: daffodils, rhododendrons, tulips, clematis, flowering cherry trees. The Library kiosk is displaying decorative papers whose colors would match our gardens outside. Book artists love decorative papers and if we can make our own, even better. It's fun to play with texture and color to create one's own unique papers.The papers can then be used to cover books, embellish pages, or add accents. The kiosk includes a number of techniques. Here's hoping you will be inspired to create some of your own.








Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tunnel Book with Vicki Van Horn

Vicki's clever Tunnel Book with a heart motif
Come make a peep show or a tunnel of love or bugs...

We will be making this simple tunnel book from an Ed Hutchins design and decorating the edges with your choice of rubber stamps (or small cut out images) to create an environment of wonder (or strangeness).

A simple theme, story or saying with related images will be most successful. In the basic structure there are three "windows" and a single fore and aft page to manipulate in any fashion you choose. It can be left whole as an intro page or glued to the first tunnel page to double and strengthen it, or slide or be glued into a pre-made cover or what ever else you choose.

Paper cut to size for the structure will be provided but please bring the following items and your creative ideas and prepare to tunnel in.

Materials to bring:
♦ Bone Folder
♦ Stylus for scoring
♦ 18-inch ruler
♦ Double stick tape (1/8" & 1/4")
or glue stick (or both)
♦ X-acto knife or other cutting tool
or punch for windows
♦ Binder clips (optional)
♦ Cutting surface
♦ Scissors
♦ Small rubber stamps
♦ Stamp pads

Saturday, March 8

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU


Contact Information: 

see newsletter


Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine Community Project

From Lorraine Miller-Wolf, coordinator of the February Valentine workshop:
"THANK YOU to all you wonderful NORBAG members who made 295 valentines on Sat. Feb. 8th.  These were added to 200 made by my friends the next day...and all 495 were delivered to Dialysis Unit patients and recipients of Senior Nutrition Program meals (at the lunch sites and in homes).  I am sure there were 495 very happy people!  I so appreciate NORBAG's support and help with this project (which I have been doing so for 10 years!).  See you next February!"
~ Lorraine Miller-Wolf

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentines Visit the Library

The Humboldt Library Kiosk is overflowing with red and pink. Come and see a collection of valentines created for the yearly February exchange for North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. There is plenty here to inspire creations for next month and it's always a treat to see one of your "old" valentines on display.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Workshop Report

Our monthly workshops usually focus on book structures or surface design. Not this one! It was a tool extravaganza with three presenters who generously donated their time and expertise. Thanks to Sandy, Dolores, and Connie.
Dolores shares
Dolores shared a number of her tools (these are just a few) providing information about each one. She got her brass and steel measuring guides at a building supply store. Bone folders can be real bone, plastic, or teflon. The whetstone is used to sharpen her Exacto blades to get a bit more use before discarding. The transparency pieces may be her best idea ever; put a spot of glue on the end and place it in tight spots that need gluing, press together, then remove. She also provided a two page handout with lots of tips. If you are a Norbag member, send her an email and she will email the document.
Connie's stash
Connie brought bags of her favorite tools and enthusiastically demonstrated their use. 
Sandy's little feet
Sandy led a mini-workshop on creating "feet" that can be adhered to the bottom of boxes. The best size circle punch for small boxes is 3/4".

In addition to the actual workshop our monthly meetings involve a number of other activities. The first half-hour is spent borrowing or returning books from our own library, and preparing books for the exchange. We also had a large number of freebies—a very popular activity. Bring materials you don't use and recycle them at every meeting.
Exchange books come from all over the states, York, England and Victoria BC, Canada
This long table is covered with giveaway materials.
Book Artists delight in the unusual. Calendar pages are  great for making your own envelopes.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January, 2014 Meeting

 Tricks, Tips, Tools, Techniques & Feet

Join us as we share our collective knowledge of all aspects of book arts and related paper arts. Bring your favorite tips and tools you use and demonstrate how they work.

We will find out how to wrap board corners with a perfect and simple technique. Learn how to make spherical feet to put on the bottom of a box, or platform. Discover cutting and gluing secrets. Explore some old and some new gadgets.

Don't have all the tools you think you need? Come and learn easy substitutes for standard book arts tools. This is a workshop for everyone, especially our new members. Everyone will come away with a scads of good information.

Materials to bring:
• Right triangle – if you don't have one, there will be extras to share (Note: it needs to be a 90-45-45 degree triangle)

• Scissors X-Acto or craft knife
• Cutting mat (or magazine on which to cut)
• Glue stick and/or PVA
• Brush and waste paper
• Metal ruler
• Your ideas to share

Saturday, January 11
12 noon

Our usual location: BSS 166 at HSU