North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Saturday, February 26, 2022


Do miniature books catch your interest and make you smile? If so, you're not alone. There just seems to be something about tiny things that are captivating. At the March NORBAG workshop Edge Gerring will lead us in making a hard cover accordion fold journal in miniature. We will decorate the pages with a wandering vine drawing, or any other image of your choosing. These little books are not only perfect for gifts, the making of them is perfect for soothing jangled nerves and calming harried brains. There will also be a show and tell of several book samples.

Book samples, plus the wandering vine
 that could be used for the accordion fold pages. 


  • Two pieces of 2" x 1-1/2" cardboard (for the covers)
  • One piece of 2" x 1" cardboard (this will be trimmed later for the spine)
  • One piece 3" x 4" of decorative paper for the cover. The 3" is the vertical direction of the cover, so orient paper accordingly.
  • One piece 1-7/8" x 12-1/2" paper (grain short) for the accordion fold page block. A lightweight watercolor paper or 70 lb. (approximately) drawing type paper is good. Use a paper that will take ink without bleed through.
  • Ink pens, fine point black and colors, and/or colored pencils or watercolors
  • Scissors, ruler, glue stick, cutting mat & knife

The following examples of miniature books were made by Lynne Gurnee

A book of cartoony dogs painted in gouache on black paper.

Black & white only

"A sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper that I'd practiced painting faces onto
in black & white, then sliced up the sheet to make a book, letting the
faces occur where they might. Then I added more color, acrylic, and
collage. This book has a separate spine paper. Some books just use one
sheet of paper for cover & spine." 

This is the other half of the book above.

White Gelly Roll 08 pen on black paper

Lynne's great little bookcase for her miniature books.
She found the three little crates at Michaels and glued
 them together. Size is 10" tall by 5" wide by 2.5" deep.

Covers of three of these adorable books

This workshop should be great fun. Thanks in advance to Edge and Lynne for sharing their miniature books.

When:   Saturday, March 12 at 10 am PST
Where:  On Zoom
RSVP:    by Monday, March 7 to Dolores Guffey
Workshop Questions:  Edge Gerring
Tech Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

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