North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, May 27, 2013

June Workshop

These little books range from the ridiculous to the sublime. A burrito book is a small book put together without the aid of sewing, glues or fasteners. The sheets of the ‘book’ interlock by rolling a page (like a burrito) and putting it through an opening in another page. 

Tools to bring:
  • Cutting mat 
  • Xacto knife 
  • Scissors 
  • Metal Ruler 
  • Bone folder 
  • Materials to decorate your books: rubber stamps, photos, collage, etc. 

 What will be supplied: 
  • Paper for 3 small books 

    When looking on the internet, YouTube shows teachers putting pieces of paper together for young students to use as notebooks. As usual, we up the ante a bit. 

    We will start with the simplest of the formats using text weight paper to make a glue and fastener free note book. This will demonstrate why it is called a “burrito book” and the basics of the technique. The second book will be made of card stock and can have an unlimited number of pages. It also has an interesting spine. The third book will contain two “signatures” and be a little more sophisticated in appearance. 

    Many of you will finish fairly early. Please bring materials to decorate your book (e.g., rubber stamps, photos, collage, colored pencils or media of your choice). The book of card stock will be high contrast with brightly colored pages. The third book will have a choice of covers with white "signatures." 

    We'll be meeting in our usual room on the HSU campus on Saturday, June 8. Please note that this workshop requires an RSVP so that Bobbie, our instructor, can prepare enough materials. Bobbie's contact info is in the newsletter. Please let her know as soon as possible if you plan to join us. There will be a $1.25 materials fee.

    A big thank you to Vivienne B., who sent samples and instructions for the Burrito Book. 

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Paste Painting Fun

    Everyone combed and rolled and stamped and sloshed paint to their hearts' content at our May paste painting workshop, and many gorgeous papers were made. Unfortunately, the thought didn't occur to take pictures until it was time to start packing up and papers were being removed! Only a tiny fraction of what was made got recorded. There were some really beautiful paste papers.

    Ellen posted more about the workshop, with more photos of papers, on her personal blog. As well as pictures, that post also has links to suppliers for the decorative rollers we used.

    We haven't been able to identify the makers of several of the paste papers. If you see yours and would like to be credited, please let us know.