North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

If you are interested in more info or joining, please email to

Friday, May 28, 2010

June Workshop--House of Cards

The house we will build is considerably sturdier than the usual house of cards (or the economy for that matter). We will use a double wall construction technique for this workshop but there are many variations possible depending on the size of cards and the stability requirements. The larger the construction the more foundation is required so we will start small with a finished house that measures ~ 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 4" all made from one piece of 12 x 12" stiff paper (double sided scrapbooking paper works well) or 25 standard size business cards.

What to bring:
-One piece of 12" square stiff paper cut into   
  twenty-four 2 x 3" pieces or 24 standard-
  size business cards (bring more if you sense   
  potential trouble)
-Bone folder
-Craft knife
-Cutting pad
-Double stick tape
-Ruler or other straight edge
-Agile fingers

Handy but not a total necessity:
-Scoring tool (the official kind or a paper clip or knitting needle will do just fine)
-Small spatula type tool for jamming flaps into small inconvenient slots
If you have questions, contact Vicki V. Her contact details are in the newsletter, as well as in every newsletter on the page 2 sidebar.

Book Exchange Reminder: The theme for the book exchange at our next meeting is "materials from the hardware store." Keep in mind, plenty more comes from hardware stores than just hammers and nails. They are satisfying places to browse for ideas. This should be a lot of fun. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Newport Paper Arts Festival 2010

Fourteen NORBAG members representing California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and England, converged on the seaside town of Newport to attend a multitude of workshops at the Newport Paper Arts Festival. They took a wide variety of courses with wonderful results. Everyone had a great time and rumor has it that they worked into the evening on their projects or even made up some of their own projects for entertainment. Enjoy the following slideshow of their work. Click on the slideshow image to see larger, individual pictures.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May's Workshop--Discovering the Wheel

Our last workshop featured an introduction to paper engineering. We focused on one fun structure--a turning wheel that can be embedded in the pages of books and cards. As the viewer turns the wheel, pictures or strings of text change through a window.

After putting together the basic form, participants got to decorate their wheels with pictures. Some people stamped, some cut and pasted, and others scribbled. It was enjoyable and, judging by the feedback we've been getting, some have been inspired to make more at home.

Part of the afternoon included a video about a pop-up collector in Australia. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the overhead screen to work, and so everyone wound up gathering around a laptop to watch. In case you missed it (or couldn't see it well) the video can be seen here.

Also at the meeting was a display of some of the wonderful things members got to make at the Newport Paper Arts Festival in April. More on that will be posted soon here on this blog. Please check back in.