North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019


The next NORBAG workshop on August 10 will feature a Hedi Kyle structure taught by Dolores Guffey.  Mary Elizabeth Nelson shared this with Dolores after she learned it at a "Book Paper Scissors" workshop taught by Erin Sweeney. It is a very adaptable structure in that you may make the pages using a single color or each page can be a different color. The pocket of one page adheres to the next page. If you are using different colors, then the pocket will be a different color from the page to which it is adhered. Dolores requests that those attending the workshop come with all their pages cut to size.

Materials to bring:

  • 4 pieces of paper cut to 4" x 11" (one piece becomes the front cover) Suggested papers include Mi-Teintes, Fabriano, plain cardstock, or watercolor paper that doesn't crack when folded.
  • 1 piece of paper 4" x 7" (back cover)
  • 1/2" double sided tape (needs to be the type that you remove the protective layer)
  • art work, illustrations, etc., (3" x 6") to be placed in the pockets. The 3" edge may need to be trimmed as necessary to slide into the pocket. Of the 6", only 3 1/2" will be inside the pocket and the remaining 2 1/2" will be visible (see photo above).
Tools to bring:

  • metal ruler, pencil, eraser
  • scissors
  • craft knife, cutting mat
  • scoring tool
  • bone folder
Note: There is an option to cut "windows" in the pocket, so that part of the artwork in the pocket would be revealed before the artwork is removed from the pocket.

When?   Saturday, August 10 at noon
Where?  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte and F Streets
Bring?    See list above - with papers cut in advance
RSVP?    Yes, by Wed. Aug. 7 to Dolores. Contact information in the newsletter
Cost?     Free! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Saturday, July 13, Edge Gerring and Lynne Gurneé led a workshop that added to the myriad of ways to decorate our paper art with collage. The term collage was coined in the early 20th century and is derived from the French word “coller” which means to glue. The art form combines different images from various sources to make a new whole. We were introduced to the use of napkins and tea bags as one source of decoration.

Lynne and Edge gave us techniques and materials information that would work for all types of collage. They talked about the supports (background) that can be as substantial as book board or to the ephemeral tea bags. They told us of the different adhesives that can be used and the properties of each. They taught how to layer collage. They brought a multitude of napkins for us to use with all kinds of designs such as cute little cats, florals, dragonflies and pretty backgrounds. We were shown how to separate the different ply (layers of the napkin) and how to use the images. We also learned how to have a feathered edge by using a moistened brush around the outline rather that using scissors. (By the way, this is also a good way to get a deckle edge on handmade papers.) Edge and Lynne supplied an excellent information sheet that can be used as a reference for collage.

If the room looks different, it is. We ordinarily have a room in the church event hall.
This day, we met in the Fireside room. Cozier, but not as bright as we are used to. 
And, no, it didn't slow us down a bit.
This is Lynne behind the table of materials she and Edge brought.

Lynne displaying a sample.

Edge (left) demonstrating a technique.

Choosing artwork to use

Cutting the napkin for a support (bookmark this time)

Using Mod Podge to affix the napkin to the support

Affixing a single napkin to a support on lower example. The upper example 
shows how an image might be applied to the printed page.

Affixing multiple images to a support.

More samples of how this works. Notice the leaf at the top of the page. 
It is a leaf that has been affixed to a card. On the right is a little pink
book that we could make using paper that Lynne and Edge brought.

The rest of the pictures are of members busy at work.

Many thanks are due to both Edge and Lynne. We learned about the decorative value of napkins, but we also learned about collage in general.

Saturday, July 20, 2019


The mid-summer display in the kiosk at the Humboldt County Library features a wide variety of miniature books in sizes from one inch tall to three inches tall and up to three inches wide. These miniature books were made by North Redwoods Book Art Guild (NORBAG) members in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and York, UK. For more information about NORBAG and our monthly workshop and meetings please visit our website. (See the link on the left of this page.)

This display features a wide variety of book bindings and designs including maze and fold books; a pop-up in a matchbox; a star tunnel; some with hand-carved lino-cuts; leather bound books and "booklaces"; and hand stitched slinky and Coptic bound minis. These tiny books can be challenging to make, but so much fun to see. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019


The 14th Focus on Book Arts Conference (FOBA) was held this past June 25-30 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. There were almost 200 attendees and 16 were members of NORBAG. This is a biennial conference with an all-volunteer staff that put together a great creative experience offering 32 workshops with one, two, and three day classes taught by 18 instructors. Besides the daily workshops, participants enjoyed an opening night reception with a create and design your own name tag event; a show and share; a trade show that even included vendors from England and Scotland; a faculty and staff show; and two evening lectures. The conference contracted with Pacific University for housing and meals for those who wished to stay on campus. There was a new caterer this year and the food was very well received. A special bonus was the “Goodie Bag” everyone received. Twenty-three suppliers donated little gift items or information that included Helen Hiebert’s 2018 calendar, a steel ruler from Talas, a leather bookmark, a great “travel brick” light enough to pack in your book binding kit but more dense than an ordinary brick, and many buttons and beads. Put this conference on your calendar now for June 2021!

Here is a selection of items from the Goodie Bag.

Margo Klass shared this photo from her Bojagi Paper 
workshop taught by Steph Rue.

Bonnie Halfpenny made this clamshell box in the
class taught by Sam Ellenport.

Bonnie reported that "this class was very relaxed, organized 
and just plain fun. Sam was always willing to help us through 
our rough spots and repeat a process if we didn't catch it the 
first time. We each ended up with two usable boxes and many 
tips to make it work well."

This is a meander book made by Edith Fuller in the Creativity Factor
class taught by Susan Callan. Edith said that "the lectures with
follow-up small group discussions kept us moving along quickly and
our small group improv dramatic presentations were delightful."

Edith also made this pocket accordion with separate cover in
the Creativity Factor class.

Michele Kamprath took this two-day Surface Design
on Paper and Metal class taught by Leighanna Light.

Michele said Leighanna "led us through several metal techniques
including a faux etching, gesso transfer, and leaf prints onto metal.
We gesso and painted five sheets of water color paper using inks, 
paint, and stencils." 

Michele's other class was a three day East Asian Binding Sampler
taught by Steph Rue. Michele said that "Steph trained in South Korea
and taught us traditional methods for our stab bindings and case."  

Dolores Guffey took a class titled Find Closure taught by
Elissa Campbell. They made two leather bound books and
used a variety of closures on each one to function as samplers. 

This is the instructional booklet made by Elissa Campbell.

Dolores also took Paper Voodoo: Transforming Japanese Paper
with Konnyaku
. The blue papers in this photo show the difference
between paper that has not been treated with the konnyaku and the
top piece that has been crinkled and painted with konnyaku.

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos and experiences at FOBA 2019.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Join Edge Gerring and Lynne Gurnee for some summer play time collaging decorative paper napkins and teabags onto notecards, postcards, bookmarks, and a mini maze book. This sort of surface design can also be used effectively for decorating book covers and pages.

Materials to bring:

  • Matte Mod Podge (or gloss if you prefer)
  • Scrap paper to place under what you're gluing
  • Rags, paper towels or baby wipes
  • Scotch tape (to help separate napkin layers)
  • Waxed paper (for smoothing wrinkles)

Tools to bring:

  • Soft, but slightly stiff brush or foam brush
  • Small pointed brush (if you have one)
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Small container for brush cleaning water

Optional materials to bring if you want something different from what is provided:

  • Decorative napkins (many available at Party City in Eureka)
  • Plain background cardstock to make cards or postcards (lighter colors are best)
  • Decorative background paper, such as sheet music or with Chinese writing (the writing will show through napkins which can be good)
  • Blank notecards
  • Dry empty teabags

Materials provided:

  • Multiple decorative paper napkins to choose from
  • Decorative background paper, such as sheet music or with Chinese writing
  • Plain white cardstock (110#) for cards or postcards
  • Book boards
  • Dry, empty teabags
  • Instructions, tips & examples

   Saturday, July 13 at noon

Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     $2.00
RSVP:    by Wed. July 8 to Edge Gerring, contact information in the newsletter