North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Friday, September 30, 2016


The October workshop will be offered on two days and taught by our member from Portland, Jackie Wygant. Because space is limited, you must register in advance. As of 9/30 there are three spaces open on Friday and the Saturday workshop has filled. Suminagashi is the oldest and simplest form of marbling in which inks are floated on water, then gently manipulated into floating veins of color. This technique should not be confused with combed and patterned marbling of later periods.

You will learn basic techniques: how to float colors on a liquid, apply and manipulate the colors to make patterns, lay the paper on the liquid, and how to preserve your creation. You will use multi-color acrylic marbling inks to make numerous sheets of beautiful paper to use for book arts, box making, cards, collage, etc. In the afternoon you will learn multi-brush, two hand technique, and double loading of a single brush, as well as paper laying and frisket variations.
Be sure to bring your lunch as there will be a one-hour break.

Jackie teaching a paste paper workshop

Multiple brush technique

A selection of Suminagashi papers

How to register:
There are a few spaces still available. Please contact Dolores Guffey to register for the Friday October 7 workshop. Both days will begin at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

What will be provided:
  • All inks in a large variety of colors
  • A selection of papers of varying weights and sizes
  • Trays, brushes, and any other tools required (to use, not to take home)
Note about the NORBAG meeting: Even if you are not participating in the workshop, please join us on Saturday October 8 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm during the lunch break to see the papers made, view exchange books, and check out library books. The exchange will begin promptly at 1 pm.

When:   Friday October 7 OR Saturday October 8 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
RSVP:    YES! ASAP to Dolores (contact information in the newsletter)
Cost:     $40.00
Bring?    Your lunch...all materials and tools will be provided

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Beth McIlraith gave us a workshop on a book she calls a split image flip book. It's a stab bound book in which each page has three panels running horizontally. We started by making a template for the pages. After making the template, we used it as a guide for placing our images. Beth gave us many tips for placing our images on the page (for example, make sure that if you are using people, have all of their heads at the same level). Then, with the images pasted to the page, we cut the individual pages using the template. We then sewed the pages together with a stab binding.

It was really fun. We had a few people trying out slightly different things. Sandy V. used differently positioned cuts.  Kathy W. had the slits vertically through the images of four legged animals. All were delightful.


Michele H. is cutting images

Beth is showing positioning tips.

Beth said to place the face of each of the images in the same position.

The images used don't need to be all of people. This one has a bear and a cactus.

Cutting partway through each of the pages leaving the binding area uncut.

We used a simple stab binding after compiling pages and decorating the cover.

And now for some of the sample pages

Kathy had time to do two books. This one is about birds.

Remember that cactus?

The cactus is back as the face!

Kathy W. positioned the book vertically and used animals.

Just about every imaginable image was used.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Library Kiosk Display

A new display of book art is now up for viewing at the Humboldt County Library. The title of this display is Subject-Shaped Books. Our Guild meets monthly and at each meeting there is an optional book exchange. The themes are creatively stimulating, and occasionally may result in books shaped to represent their subjects. This display is a selection of books from various themes over the years.

Once again we thank Lynne Gurnee for the creative display and the photos.