Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interlocking Structure

Workshop with Michele Kamprath

Two views of a sample by Michele
This is a Hedi Kyle structure that has a lot of versatility. You can add pockets, sew in pages, or just put pictures onto the pages. You will need to bring the following paper cut to size to the workshop:

Materials needed:
• Cover paper: 1 piece light cardstock or Mi-Teines 5" x 20-1/2" grain short
• Pages: 3 pieces of light cardstock or Mi Teines 11" x 5" grain short
• Pocket: (if desired) 3-1/2" x 3-3/4" grain short
Note: Color choice—your book can be one color or a combination of colors that contrast the cover paper and pages. Each “page” actually opens horizontally so that you can add content.
Tools to bring:
• X-ACTO or craft knife with sharp blade
• Cutting mat
• Glue stick
• Metal ruler
• Pencil
• Bone folder or something to make a sharp crease
• Needle and thread (linen thread or other)

If desired, bring up to six images that are approximately 4-1/2" x 3-1/4".
If you have text pages to sew in, the size of the page when opened is 6-3/4" x

Please RSVP by August 6 (see newsletter).
I will provide template and instructions and do not want to make more than is necessary. Thanks.

August Meeting Details

Saturday, August 9, Noon

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?
See above


Cost: 50 cents

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Workshop with Bobbie Hayes


This month we will make a book structure from Woven and Interlocking Book Structures by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner (2002). This structure uses single pages (no signatures) using four paper strips to bind them together without the use of adhesives. Please cut your materials before the workshop.

Bobbie's fun woven interlocking book

Materials needed
• 4 pages 4" x 5" grain long: these can be as light as text weight or as heavy as card stock. These are your pages and will have slits cut into them and have paper strips woven through them.
• 2 covers each 5" x 8-3/4" grain short: Mi-Teintes is a nice weight for this or use any paper you have that is comparable.
• 4 weaving strips each 3/4" x 13-1/2" grain short: This paper should be a thin strong paper. Both sides of the strip will show on both covers. For example, if you use one sided scrapbook paper, the plain side will show. If you use Mi-Teintes, it is colored the same on both sides and will be OK.
• Note about materials: If you have the Mi-Teintes from the June Workshop, it would make a great cover or the weaving strips. If you are wondering, the weaving strips show up on each page and both covers.

Tools needed:
• X-Acto knife and Scissors
• Cutting board
• Bone folder
• Metal ruler
• Pencil and eraser
• Awl
• Things to decorate your pages
(rubber stamps, paint, inks,
pens, or any fun stuff you like
to use).

July Meeting Details:

Saturday, July 12

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?

See lists above

RSVP: (Yes)
Bobbie by July 7 (see newsletter for her information)

Cost: 50 cents

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gallery Books in the LIbrary

The Humboldt  County Library has the gallery books from the last workshop on display! The structure is a variation of the accordion and when opened it looks like a miniature art gallery. Dolores Guffey taught this June workshop and the samples shown are by Dolores, Peggy Marrs, Michele Kamprath, and Becky McAllister. Thanks to Becky for managing the library displays. Keep posted for our next workshop in July.


Friday, May 23, 2014

June Workshop: Gallery Book

An example of a Gallery Book made by Dolores.

Dolores Guffey will be teaching us how to make this classic book structure known as a Gallery Book. When the book is opened it gives the impression of framed paintings hanging in an art gallery. 

Materials needed
• Full sheet of Mi-Teintes 19" x 25-1/2" (from which you will be able to make additional books) 
• Optional – if you would like to make a case for your book, bring a piece of color or decorative cardstock cut 7-3/4" x 5-3/4" (grain long) 
• X-ACTO (or craft knife) with new blade 
• Cutting mat 
• Scissors 
• Metal ruler 
• Glue Stick 
• Waste paper 
• Pencil and good eraser 
• Right triangle (optional) 
• Images to put in the window openings:
 You will need 9 images in portrait layout. They need to be cut 1-1/2" x 2" size, but the image will appear through a 1" x 1-1/2"opening (see note below). 

When you cut your 1-1/2" x 2" images, keep in mind that you will lose 1/4" on all sides that will be behind the frame of the window opening – so your viewed image should not go beyond the 1" x 1-1/2" window opening. To help you gather your images, cut out a piece of paper 1-1/2" x 2" and then mark 1/4" in on each edge and cut out the window. Now you have a template to place over whatever you are planning on putting in your gallery. 

Note on images: these can be photographs; images cut from magazines; rubber stamped images; abstract images; cancelled stamps; zentangles; etc. The images for the sample book shown on this page are from U.S. postage stamps which were scanned into the computer and re-sized to fit the measurements for this workshop. 

Note on Mi-Teintes: Prior to coming to the meeting, please have your Mi-Teintes cut 6" x 25-1/2" – when you cut the 6" strip, make sure you cut from the edge that does not have the embossed logo running along the edge. We will be using the full 25-1/2" length to make the book. 

The finished size of the book, when folded shut, is 6" high, 1-1/2" wide, and 1" thick. When opened, it is approximately 6" x 10". You can color-coordinate your Mi-Teintes with your images, or go with a light neutral color such as white, beige, or light gray. You will have enough paper left over to make two more books of the same size; or you can add length to your original book by folding the additional 6" strip (or strips) and connecting to end of the original book. 

RSVP: Yes, please. Dolores will have a full set of instructions as well as some acetate templates and does not wish to copy and cut more than necessary. So please be kind and RSVP (contact info for Dolores is in the newsletter). We will be meeting Saturday, June 14 in our usual location on the HSU campus. 

Monday, April 28, 2014


Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers

Our May Meeting will be with Randi Parkhurst, who will be teaching a Paper Embellishment Workshop. At this point in time, the classes are filled but there is always a possibility of a last minute cancellation if you would like to be on the waiting list. Please contact Dolores Guffey for inquiries.

We would like to extend an invitation to our members to attend the meeting and book exchange from noon until 1:00pm on Saturday, May 10th. Randi will have her incredible structure "Patience" which she will share during this time. To see a video of "Patience" go to vimeo.com/7694315 , but better yet, come and see it in person. We will be at the Arcata United Methodist Church for the workshop and meeting located at 1761 11th Street, Arcata.

You can see more of Randi's creations at:
http://www.parkhurstpaperarts.com/ and click on her portfolio.
Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers

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.