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:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

FLIP CARD WORKSHOP with Edge Gerring

Come to the August NORBAG workshop and learn how to make flip cards. These fun action cards can be adapted for many uses. The pages flip smoothly back and forth when a tab is pulled or pushed. These cards will fit into standard size envelopes, but the size can also be adjusted to meet your preferences (suggested paper size is listed below).

Tools to bring:
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife (X-acto)
  • Metal Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder
  • 1/4" - 1/2" double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
Materials to bring:
  • One 2-3/4" x 11" piece of cardstock (grain short)
  • One 8" x 2-1/2" piece of cardstock (grain short)
  • Five pieces of cardstock 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" (grain long)
  • Optional: One 4" x 9-1/8" piece of board or heavy cardstock to use as a mounting piece.
  • Note: The cardstock can be decorative or plain paper that can be decorated with flat embellishments such as stamps, stickers, pictures or words to be glued on.
What will be provided: Instructions and examples to study.

When:  Saturday August 13 at 12 noon
Where: Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets in Room 8. This is a room change for this workshop. Go through the playground and enter the first door to find Room 8, also known as the Fireplace Room. Signs will be posted to guide you. This is a temporary meeting place due to our regular room being unavailable this month.
Bring:   See the above list
Cost:    $1.00
RSVP:   Yes! by August 8 to Edge Gerring. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

June and July, 2016 Workshop Photos

In this post we are featuring photos from both the June and July 2016 NORBAG workshops.

Bobbie Hayes conducted the origami fold "wallet book" workshop in June and so didn’t have a chance to take photos. At that workshop we were fortunate to have Lara Cox show examples of her kirigami which is a variation of origami that includes folding and cutting paper. In addition to her exchange book, she brought two hats inspired by 1920's era fashion. The various fold elements include free form flowers as well as spiral cuts and a kirigami fishnet to partially cover the face. The photos below show Lara's beautiful examples of "kirigami fascinators".

The July workshop, titled "Sculptural Leporello", was taught by Michele Kamprath. A leporello is an accordion-like structure that can be of any number of pages. 
Take a look at all of the variations!

There are two basic components of the leporello. The pink is the card with a single "V" fold and the green/pink is the same size card that is folded into a "W" and collapses inside the single fold.

The outer "W" fold can be cut, stamped or decorated in almost any manner.