North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Workshop: Expandable Journal

A Cross Structure Binding taught by Dolores Guffey

Journal by Dolores Guffey
This journal allows you the flexibility to add and/or delete signatures at will, because each signature is individually sewn onto the straps and not attached to any other signature. The covers are made of Tyvek which you will paint at the workshop. The painted Tyvek has a leather-like appearance; the color choice will be yours.

RSVP IS NECESSARY in order to have the covers available. RSVP to Dolores Guffey no later than January 6th by email or phone (see Newsletter).

Materials to Bring:
● Signatures: 12 sheets of 8-1/2"; x 11" text weight paper cut in half (8-1/2" x 5-1/2") ahead of time so that you have a total of 24 pieces 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" to bring to the workshop
● Cutting mat
● Metal ruler
● X-Acto or craft knife with new blade
● Scissors
*● Piercing tool and Piercing cradle
*● #2 Crewel needle
*● Acrylic paint (favorite color for cover)
*● 2" Paint brush & paint rag or paper towels
*● Beeswax
* Note: Items with an * will be available
to borrow if you don't have your own.

Materials provided by instructor:
● Tyvek for cover
● Thread
● Brad
● Trim piece

Saturday, January 10, 2015
12 noon
Eureka Methodist Church
Del Norte & F Streets

RSVP? Yes! by Jan 6
Materials Fee: $2.00


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our Annual Winter Gathering

It's once again time for our annual winter gathering and card exchange. This is the one meeting of the year when we don't have a workshop. It is a time to celebrate and enjoy. Everyone is invited! You do not have to be in the exchange to come! Please bring a (not too gooey) finger food to share and come hang out with your Norbag friends.

We won't have the library at the gathering, but there will be a box so you can return any books you may have checked out.

We will meet at 12 noon on Saturday December 13 at Sandy V.'s house (not our usual meeting place!). Please check your printed newsletter for directions. (And thank you Sandy for once again graciously being our host!)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Workshop on November 8th with Judy Detrick

We had a wonderful time learning how to decorate capital letters, and it isn't just coloring in the blanks! The hardest part was learning how to "puddle" the watercolor or gouache and move the color around without letting the brush actually touch the paper. 

Here are some of our working models. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Workshop: Lettering

A time-honored way of capturing viewer attention and setting the stage for what’s to come is with a colorful decorated capital. In this workshop you will work through the stages of drawing your capital letter, applying a design motif to it, tracing it, and transferring it to its final destination. You will learn several layout tricks to position your capital in just the right place, although standing alone is fine, too. Then you will learn painting techniques with watercolor or gouache to bring your capital to life in full, living color. 

You may notice we are not showing Judy's project pictures here. Instead, we ask that
you go to: and see the examples of her work in color. on the Sept 23rd posting.

As of now, space is still available. Check with Dolores as to availability by contacting her at the email address in the sidebar.

Tools to Bring:
● Pencil
● Ruler
● Eraser
● Watercolor brush size 001 

● Small water jar
● Rag or paper towels

What will be provided:
● Everything else, including: 
● Watercolor paper
● Handout
● Watercolor paint and gouache

Meeting Details

Bring your lunch. Members who are not signed up are welcome to come
to the noon meeting and book exchange.

Decorated Capitals with Judy Detrick
Saturday, November 8 9am—4pm
Eureka United Methodist Church, Corner of Del Norte and F Street

Space is available
Contact Dolores (see newsletter) 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Workshop: Gone Batty

Bat Book Workshop with Edge Gerring 

This month, in honor of Halloween, we will create a Bat Book. When folded, it will be 5" long. When opened, there is a tab that opens his eyes. The tab is attached to a slender poem, a little card—whatever you would like.

Tools to bring:
Glue Stick (Edge will bring Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue to share)
1/4" hole punch (Edge will bring one to share) Scissors
Bone folder

Materials to bring:
Paper : 6" x 12" minimum size. MiTientes or light card stock for bat, thinner paper for inner color (optional).
1-1/2" wide strip of paper for accordion fold piece, or small paper that will fold to 1-1/2" wide. 

What will be provided:
● Pattern
● Instructions 

● Velcro dots.

Little Bat Book with Edge Gerring 

Saturday, October 18, 12 noon 

NEW LOCATION: Eureka United Methodist Church, 520 Del Norte St 

RSVP? Yes, by Oct 11. See newsletter for details.

Cost? None 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

November Workshop Registration Forms

Decorated Capitals Workshop 

Taught by Judy Detrick – November 8, 2014

Whether hand drawn or type set, initial capitals adorned with textures, patterns and colors are
certain to draw attention to any text. You will work through the stages of drawing your capital
letter, applying a design motif to it, tracing it, and transferring it to its final destination. Then you
will learn painting techniques with watercolor or gouache to bring your capital to life in full, living

Tools List for Workshop:

Pencil, ruler, eraser, watercolor brush size 00, 2 or 3 tubes of gouache or watercolor, small palette,
colored pencils, small water jar, rag.

Cost: $40 plus $5 materials

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)

Location: United Methodist Church – Del Norte & F Streets in Eureka
See (September 2 post) for maps

To register, complete the form and send with your $45 check made payable to NORBAG.
Must be received by October 28th
NAME_____________________________________________ PHONE___________________
EMAIL ADDRESS______________________________________________________________
PO BOX 225 – CUTTEN, CA 95534

Click to download registration form (pdf) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Directions to New Meeting Place

Note: Workshop Information is the post below this one.

Happy Navigating! Thanks to Bobbie for the maps.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bow Tie Workshop

with Beth McIlraith

Beth's beautiful bow-tie book

This month's workshop with Beth McIlraith will teach participants how to repurpose an unwanted book into a beautiful hand-stitched journal with pockets.
The workshop is no longer available for sign-ups. NORBAG members should have received a registration form with last month's newsletter and sent their fees to Beth by August 15.

Even if you are not signed up for the workshop, please join us from noon to 1pm for the book exchange and Free Stuff highlighted in the article on page 3 of the newsletter. 

Saturday, September 13
9am - 4pm

Eureka United Methodist Church, 520 Del Norte St
Corner of F & Del Norte Streets
in Eureka

Closed on August 15

In September, October, and November we will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church in Eureka as we no longer have access to HSU. The address is 520 Del Norte Street and is located at the corner of Del Norte and F Streets with the Church facing F Street. You may park either on F Street (in front of the church), or in the Church's parking lot which is accessed from G Street. To access the parking lot, drive to G Street and enter a long driveway (next to a long hedge) which is directly behind the church. The door to the Fellowship Hall will be on your right as you enter the breezeway. If you park on F Street, go through the breezeway and the door will be on your left. This is a large room which will allow us more flexibility in the type of workshops we can offer. (See Change of Date on page 3 for meeting date change for October)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interlocking Structure

Workshop with Michele Kamprath

Two views of a sample by Michele
This is a Hedi Kyle structure that has a lot of versatility. You can add pockets, sew in pages, or just put pictures onto the pages. You will need to bring the following paper cut to size to the workshop:

Materials needed:
• Cover paper: 1 piece light cardstock or Mi-Teines 5" x 20-1/2" grain short
• Pages: 3 pieces of light cardstock or Mi Teines 11" x 5" grain short
• Pocket: (if desired) 3-1/2" x 3-3/4" grain short
Note: Color choice—your book can be one color or a combination of colors that contrast the cover paper and pages. Each “page” actually opens horizontally so that you can add content.
Tools to bring:
• X-ACTO or craft knife with sharp blade
• Cutting mat
• Glue stick
• Metal ruler
• Pencil
• Bone folder or something to make a sharp crease
• Needle and thread (linen thread or other)

If desired, bring up to six images that are approximately 4-1/2" x 3-1/4".
If you have text pages to sew in, the size of the page when opened is 6-3/4" x

Please RSVP by August 6 (see newsletter).
I will provide template and instructions and do not want to make more than is necessary. Thanks.

August Meeting Details

Saturday, August 9, Noon

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?
See above


Cost: 50 cents

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Workshop with Bobbie Hayes


This month we will make a book structure from Woven and Interlocking Book Structures by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner (2002). This structure uses single pages (no signatures) using four paper strips to bind them together without the use of adhesives. Please cut your materials before the workshop.

Bobbie's fun woven interlocking book

Materials needed
• 4 pages 4" x 5" grain long: these can be as light as text weight or as heavy as card stock. These are your pages and will have slits cut into them and have paper strips woven through them.
• 2 covers each 5" x 8-3/4" grain short: Mi-Teintes is a nice weight for this or use any paper you have that is comparable.
• 4 weaving strips each 3/4" x 13-1/2" grain short: This paper should be a thin strong paper. Both sides of the strip will show on both covers. For example, if you use one sided scrapbook paper, the plain side will show. If you use Mi-Teintes, it is colored the same on both sides and will be OK.
• Note about materials: If you have the Mi-Teintes from the June Workshop, it would make a great cover or the weaving strips. If you are wondering, the weaving strips show up on each page and both covers.

Tools needed:
• X-Acto knife and Scissors
• Cutting board
• Bone folder
• Metal ruler
• Pencil and eraser
• Awl
• Things to decorate your pages
(rubber stamps, paint, inks,
pens, or any fun stuff you like
to use).

July Meeting Details:

Saturday, July 12

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?

See lists above

RSVP: (Yes)
Bobbie by July 7 (see newsletter for her information)

Cost: 50 cents

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gallery Books in the LIbrary

The Humboldt  County Library has the gallery books from the last workshop on display! The structure is a variation of the accordion and when opened it looks like a miniature art gallery. Dolores Guffey taught this June workshop and the samples shown are by Dolores, Peggy Marrs, Michele Kamprath, and Becky McAllister. Thanks to Becky for managing the library displays. Keep posted for our next workshop in July.


Friday, May 23, 2014

June Workshop: Gallery Book

An example of a Gallery Book made by Dolores.

Dolores Guffey will be teaching us how to make this classic book structure known as a Gallery Book. When the book is opened it gives the impression of framed paintings hanging in an art gallery. 

Materials needed
• Full sheet of Mi-Teintes 19" x 25-1/2" (from which you will be able to make additional books) 
• Optional – if you would like to make a case for your book, bring a piece of color or decorative cardstock cut 7-3/4" x 5-3/4" (grain long) 
• X-ACTO (or craft knife) with new blade 
• Cutting mat 
• Scissors 
• Metal ruler 
• Glue Stick 
• Waste paper 
• Pencil and good eraser 
• Right triangle (optional) 
• Images to put in the window openings:
 You will need 9 images in portrait layout. They need to be cut 1-1/2" x 2" size, but the image will appear through a 1" x 1-1/2"opening (see note below). 

When you cut your 1-1/2" x 2" images, keep in mind that you will lose 1/4" on all sides that will be behind the frame of the window opening – so your viewed image should not go beyond the 1" x 1-1/2" window opening. To help you gather your images, cut out a piece of paper 1-1/2" x 2" and then mark 1/4" in on each edge and cut out the window. Now you have a template to place over whatever you are planning on putting in your gallery. 

Note on images: these can be photographs; images cut from magazines; rubber stamped images; abstract images; cancelled stamps; zentangles; etc. The images for the sample book shown on this page are from U.S. postage stamps which were scanned into the computer and re-sized to fit the measurements for this workshop. 

Note on Mi-Teintes: Prior to coming to the meeting, please have your Mi-Teintes cut 6" x 25-1/2" – when you cut the 6" strip, make sure you cut from the edge that does not have the embossed logo running along the edge. We will be using the full 25-1/2" length to make the book. 

The finished size of the book, when folded shut, is 6" high, 1-1/2" wide, and 1" thick. When opened, it is approximately 6" x 10". You can color-coordinate your Mi-Teintes with your images, or go with a light neutral color such as white, beige, or light gray. You will have enough paper left over to make two more books of the same size; or you can add length to your original book by folding the additional 6" strip (or strips) and connecting to end of the original book. 

RSVP: Yes, please. Dolores will have a full set of instructions as well as some acetate templates and does not wish to copy and cut more than necessary. So please be kind and RSVP (contact info for Dolores is in the newsletter). We will be meeting Saturday, June 14 in our usual location on the HSU campus. 

Monday, April 28, 2014


Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers

Our May Meeting will be with Randi Parkhurst, who will be teaching a Paper Embellishment Workshop. At this point in time, the classes are filled but there is always a possibility of a last minute cancellation if you would like to be on the waiting list. Please contact Dolores Guffey for inquiries.

We would like to extend an invitation to our members to attend the meeting and book exchange from noon until 1:00pm on Saturday, May 10th. Randi will have her incredible structure "Patience" which she will share during this time. To see a video of "Patience" go to , but better yet, come and see it in person. We will be at the Arcata United Methodist Church for the workshop and meeting located at 1761 11th Street, Arcata.

You can see more of Randi's creations at: and click on her portfolio.
Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Newport Paper Arts Festival Recap & Book Cloth Demos

Fabric Book Cloth by Michele
In lieu of a workshop this month, we will have "Demonstrations" and a "Show & Tell" from our members. Michele Olsen will demonstrate how to make your own Wheat Paste Book Cloth, a method she learned at the Focus on Book Arts Conference last year from Tim Ely. Tim, who has one foot in the Middle Ages, uses wheat paste to make his book cloth. He likes to use old-fashioned techniques to create materials for his books and this method has been used for centuries. Michele likes it because the paste saturates the fabric and provides a bit of protection for the surface. Wheat paste, water, thin paper, glue brush, and fabric are the basic supplies. This book cloth is very easy to make, materials are readily available and non-toxic. Demonstration will include handouts on "recipes" and lots of tips.

Dolores Guffey will demonstrate another method of making book cloth by using fusible interfacing to bond fabric to a paper backing.

Norbag members who attended the Newport Paper Arts Festival will bring their creations from the following workshops: Origami Temple; Polymer Clay Journal Cover and Pen; Naturalist's Woodland Journal; Coiled Baskets with Paper Cord; Experimental Paste Papers; Silk and Plant Fiber Fusion Paper and Beaded Fiber Cuff; Miniature Book Box with Compartments; Leapin' Leporellos; Pochoir:The Art of French Stenciling; and perhaps a few more.
Please join us.

Saturday, April 19
Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Decorative Papers at the Library Kiosk

Humboldt County is ablaze with the colors of spring: daffodils, rhododendrons, tulips, clematis, flowering cherry trees. The Library kiosk is displaying decorative papers whose colors would match our gardens outside. Book artists love decorative papers and if we can make our own, even better. It's fun to play with texture and color to create one's own unique papers.The papers can then be used to cover books, embellish pages, or add accents. The kiosk includes a number of techniques. Here's hoping you will be inspired to create some of your own.








Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tunnel Book with Vicki Van Horn

Vicki's clever Tunnel Book with a heart motif
Come make a peep show or a tunnel of love or bugs...

We will be making this simple tunnel book from an Ed Hutchins design and decorating the edges with your choice of rubber stamps (or small cut out images) to create an environment of wonder (or strangeness).

A simple theme, story or saying with related images will be most successful. In the basic structure there are three "windows" and a single fore and aft page to manipulate in any fashion you choose. It can be left whole as an intro page or glued to the first tunnel page to double and strengthen it, or slide or be glued into a pre-made cover or what ever else you choose.

Paper cut to size for the structure will be provided but please bring the following items and your creative ideas and prepare to tunnel in.

Materials to bring:
♦ Bone Folder
♦ Stylus for scoring
♦ 18-inch ruler
♦ Double stick tape (1/8" & 1/4")
or glue stick (or both)
♦ X-acto knife or other cutting tool
or punch for windows
♦ Binder clips (optional)
♦ Cutting surface
♦ Scissors
♦ Small rubber stamps
♦ Stamp pads

Saturday, March 8

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU


Contact Information: 

see newsletter


Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine Community Project

From Lorraine Miller-Wolf, coordinator of the February Valentine workshop:
"THANK YOU to all you wonderful NORBAG members who made 295 valentines on Sat. Feb. 8th.  These were added to 200 made by my friends the next day...and all 495 were delivered to Dialysis Unit patients and recipients of Senior Nutrition Program meals (at the lunch sites and in homes).  I am sure there were 495 very happy people!  I so appreciate NORBAG's support and help with this project (which I have been doing so for 10 years!).  See you next February!"
~ Lorraine Miller-Wolf

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentines Visit the Library

The Humboldt Library Kiosk is overflowing with red and pink. Come and see a collection of valentines created for the yearly February exchange for North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. There is plenty here to inspire creations for next month and it's always a treat to see one of your "old" valentines on display.