Thursday, October 13, 2011

October, 2011 Workshop

Editor's note: I was unable to post the information about the workshop prior to the activity. So, this post includes Peggy's instructions given prior to the workshop, followed by photos of the actual workshop.

with Peggy Marrs

Peggy's lovely
Have you ever been daunted by writing or drawing in a journal you've made or received? In this workshop we will make a journal that has removable pages that can be replaced with fresh, brand-new pages which should help reduce the "white page fear." This book is one of the structures in Gwen Diehn's, Real Life Journals,reviewed in the September newsletter. The paper you need to bring is up to you. If you want to write on it, you can bring computer paper, lined paper, or binder paper. If you want to draw, choose a nice paper that accepts pencil lead well; if you plan to paint, use a 70# or 80# watercolor paper. This is a fun, fast book and opens a lot of possibilities for future journals.

What to bring:
• 5 pages 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cut in half lengthwise to 4-1/4" tall and 5" wide. This is the signature(watercolor or drawing paper may be a bit larger).
• A strip of paper in a contrasting color, 24" long x 2-3/4" wide and 1-1/2" shorter than the signature (MiTeintes paper is perfect for this).
• 9 strips the same height as your signature by 1" wide in matching paper.
• 2 pieces of decorative paper 4-1/2" tall by 11-1/8" wide (or the size of an open signature plus 1/8". Part of the long strip will show, so keep the colors harmonious).

Tools to bring:
• Cutting mat
• Scissors
• Glue stick
• Bone folder
• Awl or push pin for small holes
• Pencil and eraser
• X-acto knife
• Ruler
• Small folding stylus

Workshop Photos (by Bonnie Julien)

Peggy explains the flat style
Larger examples of the structures being made
Folding the accordion end onto the cover
Gluing the accordion end onto the cover
A completed book
  Thanks Peggy!