North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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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.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Workshop Report

Our monthly workshops usually focus on book structures or surface design. Not this one! It was a tool extravaganza with three presenters who generously donated their time and expertise. Thanks to Sandy, Dolores, and Connie.
Dolores shares
Dolores shared a number of her tools (these are just a few) providing information about each one. She got her brass and steel measuring guides at a building supply store. Bone folders can be real bone, plastic, or teflon. The whetstone is used to sharpen her Exacto blades to get a bit more use before discarding. The transparency pieces may be her best idea ever; put a spot of glue on the end and place it in tight spots that need gluing, press together, then remove. She also provided a two page handout with lots of tips. If you are a Norbag member, send her an email and she will email the document.
Connie's stash
Connie brought bags of her favorite tools and enthusiastically demonstrated their use. 
Sandy's little feet
Sandy led a mini-workshop on creating "feet" that can be adhered to the bottom of boxes. The best size circle punch for small boxes is 3/4".

In addition to the actual workshop our monthly meetings involve a number of other activities. The first half-hour is spent borrowing or returning books from our own library, and preparing books for the exchange. We also had a large number of freebies—a very popular activity. Bring materials you don't use and recycle them at every meeting.
Exchange books come from all over the states, York, England and Victoria BC, Canada
This long table is covered with giveaway materials.
Book Artists delight in the unusual. Calendar pages are  great for making your own envelopes.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January, 2014 Meeting

 Tricks, Tips, Tools, Techniques & Feet

Join us as we share our collective knowledge of all aspects of book arts and related paper arts. Bring your favorite tips and tools you use and demonstrate how they work.

We will find out how to wrap board corners with a perfect and simple technique. Learn how to make spherical feet to put on the bottom of a box, or platform. Discover cutting and gluing secrets. Explore some old and some new gadgets.

Don't have all the tools you think you need? Come and learn easy substitutes for standard book arts tools. This is a workshop for everyone, especially our new members. Everyone will come away with a scads of good information.

Materials to bring:
• Right triangle – if you don't have one, there will be extras to share (Note: it needs to be a 90-45-45 degree triangle)

• Scissors X-Acto or craft knife
• Cutting mat (or magazine on which to cut)
• Glue stick and/or PVA
• Brush and waste paper
• Metal ruler
• Your ideas to share

Saturday, January 11
12 noon

Our usual location: BSS 166 at HSU