North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Paste Painting Workshop in May

Please note: we are meeting in a different location and at a different time!  

  • We'll be having a general meeting, which will include the book exchange, at 11:30am, Saturday May 11. The workshop will start at 12 noon.  
  • We are meeting in the Social Hall at Arcata United Methodist Church on 11th Street, Arcata. 

This month we are having a special paste painting workshop with Ellen Golla. Unlike many of our workshops, this one required preregistration. To all of you who've signed up, thank you! If you aren't enrolled and would still like to come, please get in touch with us. If there's been a cancellation, we might be able to accommodate you.

Participants will each get a starter kit, to keep, that will include a plexiglass worktop and supplies for making 
stamping, patterning and rolling tools (and whatever else you can think of). You'll also get to try out an assortment of tools that will be available for use during the workshop. Papers, both plain and colored, plus a few sheets of non-paper Wet Media Dura-Lar and Tyvek will also be provided.

You don't need to provide anything. However, if you have tools or papers you want to use, feel free to bring 'em! 

Also, there are some things that, while not required, will be helpful to have on hand. These are optional, but recommended:
  • Scissors (especially recommended--please bring if possible)
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • One or two paintbrushes. Brushes will be provided, but you might want to have one or two of your own for blending colors on your paper. High-quality synthetic house painting brushes from the hardware store are ideal. Sash brushes with angled bristles are particularly nice, but regular-shaped brushes are fine. Low-quality brushes are not recommended, as they shed and will ruin your design. Foam brushes are ok, but real ones generally give better results. 

Additionally, you might want to keep an eye out for extra tools to paint with. These can include:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Old credit cards
  • Rubber and foam stamps
  • Silicon spatulas (that you won't use for food)
  • Anything else made of silicon (rubber dog and horse curry combs with interesting patterns, for example)
  • Whisks and other cooking implements with interesting shapes (again, not ones you'll actually cook with)
  • Wood graining combs and rockers
  • Decorative painting combs
  • Painting knives
  • Plastic toys (textured car wheels, old legos…)
  • Sponges
  • Anything with an interesting shape or edge that can withstand paint and is washable
If you don't come up with anything, don't worry--an assortment of these will be available to borrow at the workshop. As you can see, paste painting is a perfect pastime for the hoarding fetishists among us. It's time to empty those junk drawers.

Also, please keep in mind that paste painting is messy. Wear comfortable old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Workshop: Triple Chain

Triple Chain Stitch Binding with Connie Rose

Connie’s elegant
Triple Chain Stitch Binding
At the April workshop we will learn the Triple Chain Binding, a link stitch sewing that creates a chain effect on the spine. Single chains can be used to bind in any number of signatures, whereas the Triple Chain is used to bind three or multiples of three signatures. We will create a three-signature journal that is 8-3/4" tall by 5-3/4" wide. The focus of the workshop is on the stitch itself.
Please RSVP by April 8 by phone or email (see newsletter for contact info). Connie will respond to all emails. If you don’t hear from her within a day, she didn’t get your email—please resend.

Materials to bring:
• 3 SIGNATURES: please cut and fold signatures prior to the workshop. Folio size should be 8-1/2" x 11" folded in half widthwise. Number of folios (folded pages) per signature will vary depending on what kind and thickness of paper you use; you’ll need 6 to 8 sheets or folios PER signature. Paper options: 60 or 80# drawing paper, lightweight (90#) watercolor paper, recycled heavyweight book or magazine pages, recycled journal paper, scrapbook paper, lightweight cardstock, etc. Each folded signature should be around 1/8-inch thick at the spine edge. Cut, fold and weight overnight.
• COVER: 8-3/4" x 11-3/4" grain short (paper length will wrap around book). Cover options: watercolor paper, medium or heavy cardstock, anything that will fold easily but is heavy enough to be a cover.
Note: If you would like to line your cover, do so before the workshop. Cut a piece of decorative paper 8-5/8" x 11-5/8" and glue to the inside of the cover. You could also finish the edges of the cover with washi or other decorative tape, or cut and glued strips of paper – use your imagination.

Tools and Supplies to bring:
• Thread: options include waxed linen, hemp (available at Michaels, JoAnn, Scrapper’s Edge), size 5 perle cotton or crochet cotton, 6-strand embroidery thread
• Beeswax
• Awl or Japanese screw punch
• Book binding needle
• Piercing cradle (or old phone book or thick catalog)
• Bone folder
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Cutting mat

What will be provided:
• Hole punching template
• Extra piercing cradles
• Stitching diagram

Saturday, April 13, 12 noon

Harry Griffith Hall, Room 204, HSU, corner of B and Harpst
(from L.K. Wood Blvd or B St, turn on Harpst St and then south on Rossow St. There is a large parking lot on your left. There is an elevator in the build-ing for easy access to the second floor)

What to bring?
See list above

Yes, by April 8

Cost? 50 cents