Thursday, October 13, 2016

October, 2016 Workshop Pictures

On October 7th and 8th, our NORBAG member from Portland, Jackie Wygant, gave a Suminagashi workshop. We had 11 members on Friday and 12 on Saturday.  Suminagashi  or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. 

We started with simple rings being deposited with big round brushes. We progressed to multiple rings, blowing on rings to create distortion and finally overprints (on maps and previously marbled papers). We took a lot of paper home with us.

If you would like to try this ancient art form, you can get started with a couple large brushes, a cookie sheet with sides and Bo-Ku Undo dye set of six colors available at both Dick Blick and Amazon ($13-18). 
All of the tables were gathered around Jackie's workstation on the left. We had varying sizes of trays for the inks
Jackie loading her brushes
Closeup of making rings. The light parts between the grey circles actually have color.
Making multiple rings with four different colors
Manipulating the rings by blowing with a straw

Manipulating the rings by blowing gently from the side

Jackie gently lays the paper down starting from one corner
Here is the result from Jackie's technique of blowing from above
 And now our samples

These two are overprints. On the left, it is on a map and on the right is an overprint on another marbling page.

Friday, September 30, 2016


The October workshop will be offered on two days and taught by our member from Portland, Jackie Wygant. Because space is limited, you must register in advance. As of 9/30 there are three spaces open on Friday and the Saturday workshop has filled. Suminagashi is the oldest and simplest form of marbling in which inks are floated on water, then gently manipulated into floating veins of color. This technique should not be confused with combed and patterned marbling of later periods.

You will learn basic techniques: how to float colors on a liquid, apply and manipulate the colors to make patterns, lay the paper on the liquid, and how to preserve your creation. You will use multi-color acrylic marbling inks to make numerous sheets of beautiful paper to use for book arts, box making, cards, collage, etc. In the afternoon you will learn multi-brush, two hand technique, and double loading of a single brush, as well as paper laying and frisket variations.
Be sure to bring your lunch as there will be a one-hour break.

Jackie teaching a paste paper workshop

Multiple brush technique

A selection of Suminagashi papers

How to register:
There are a few spaces still available. Please contact Dolores Guffey to register for the Friday October 7 workshop. Both days will begin at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

What will be provided:
  • All inks in a large variety of colors
  • A selection of papers of varying weights and sizes
  • Trays, brushes, and any other tools required (to use, not to take home)
Note about the NORBAG meeting: Even if you are not participating in the workshop, please join us on Saturday October 8 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm during the lunch break to see the papers made, view exchange books, and check out library books. The exchange will begin promptly at 1 pm.

When:   Friday October 7 OR Saturday October 8 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
RSVP:    YES! ASAP to Dolores (contact information in the newsletter)
Cost:     $40.00
Bring?    Your lunch...all materials and tools will be provided

Saturday, September 24, 2016

NORBAG Workshop - September 8, 2016

Beth McIlraith gave us a workshop on a book she calls a split image flip book. It's a stab bound book in which each page has three panels running horizontally. We started by making a template for the pages. After making the template, we used it as a guide for placing our images. Beth gave us many tips for placing our images on the page (for example, make sure that if you are using people, have all of their heads at the same level). Then, with the images pasted to the page, we cut the individual pages using the template. We then sewed the pages together with a stab binding.

It was really fun. We had a few people trying out slightly different things. Sandy V. used differently positioned cuts.  Kathy W. had the slits vertically through the images of four legged animals. All were delightful.


Michele H. is cutting images

Beth is showing positioning tips.

Beth said to place the face of each of the images in the same position.

The images used don't need to be all of people. This one has a bear and a cactus.

Cutting partway through each of the pages leaving the binding area uncut.

We used a simple stab binding after compiling pages and decorating the cover.

And now for some of the sample pages

Kathy had time to do two books. This one is about birds.

Remember that cactus?

The cactus is back as the face!

Kathy W. positioned the book vertically and used animals.

Just about every imaginable image was used.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Library Kiosk Display

A new display of book art is now up for viewing at the Humboldt County Library. The title of this display is Subject-Shaped Books. Our Guild meets monthly and at each meeting there is an optional book exchange. The themes are creatively stimulating, and occasionally may result in books shaped to represent their subjects. This display is a selection of books from various themes over the years.

Once again we thank Lynne Gurnee for the creative display and the photos.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Split Image Flip Book with Beth McIlraith

Last month we learned how to make Michael Jacobs' version of a Flip Card. At the September workshop Beth McIlraith will show her version of a "Split Image Flip Book" sewn with a simple Japanese stab binding. Come join in the fun for some gluing, cutting, sewing and laughing. Bring your collected images and the supplies listed below.

The image will transform...
as you flip the parts of the page!
What fun!

Beth will be happy to answer any questions beforehand! Call or email...her contact information is in the newsletter.

  • At least five (5) images (more is better in case some don't work out). The images can have background or be cut out. Images should be roughly the same height and can be people, animals, objects, etc.
  • Heavy solid-colored cardstock: 8 1/2" x 11" or 12" x 12" depending on your image size. Bring one sheet for each image, two for the covers, and a few extra. Bring uncut cardstock. We will cut it to size at the workshop. the grain should run parallel to the spine of the book. Cardstock can be all the same color or a variety.

  • Tapestry needle (extras will be available to borrow)
  • Bone folder
  • Awl or Japanese Hole Punch
  • Glue sticks and waste paper to glue on
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife or other cutting tool
OPTIONAL (Please bring if you have):
  • Paper cutter and/or a scoring board
  • Materials to decorate the cover (this could be done at home after the book is finished)
  • Any other thread and/or needle that you prefer
  • Instructions & Template paper
  • Waxed linen thread in a variety of colors
When:   Saturday September 10 at 12 noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Street
Bring:    See list above
Cost:     $2.00
RSVP:    Yes, by September 7 to Beth. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Workshop Photos

At the August workshop, Edge Gerring guided our members through Michael Jacobs’ “Flip Card” structure. Following are photos of the cards being made, and even some of them in action!

Applying the double-sided tape

Flipping the pages

Flipping through more pages

Sequence 1

Sequence 2

Sequence 3

The group hard at work on their cards.
Thank you to Edge for guiding this workshop and Dolores for providing the photos.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The Summer 2016 book art exhibit is titled Everything - Including the Kitchen Sink. This is the eighth chapter of exhibits in the Sherry Grover Gallery upstairs at the museum. The explanation for this exhibit is: "In Artist's Books, form and content are closely--often inextricably--bound. It is not just the content that provides the meaning of the piece." This exhibit will run through October 2 and admission to the museum is free. If you are in the area there are also artist lectures and open book tours that relate to the books featured in the exhibit. For more information about these events and museum hours check the website for details: