North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, June 26, 2023


 This variation of the Sewn Boards Binding is a quick method of creating a book with a wraparound cover. Our instructor, Celeste Chalasani, will show us how the wrapper can unfold as a wide panorama, presenting book arts possibilities. The text block can be made of either text weight paper to create a blank journal or cardstock with pages inside the book that can hold your artwork.

 Materials Required

  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sized text weight paper for the signatures (32 sheets) to create a blank journal OR 8 (eight) pages of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cardstock if you would like to create a book with pages that can be decorated. NOTE: Please fold the 32 sheets of text paper into eight sections of four sheets OR each of the eight pages of cardstock into singular pages before class.
  • 2 (two) pieces of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cardstock for the outer folios
  • 19" x 5-1/2" Heavy paper (Canson Colorline, Mi-Teintes, or Fabriano Tiziano). Note: Any artistic work for the wrapper must be done before the book is constructed. The height of this paper can be adjusted if you want to make sure the text block doesn't show.
  • 1" x 5-1/2" Hahnemuhle Bugra or rice paper for the spine lining. If these are not available you can substitute lightweight decorative paper.
  • Needle and 2 yards waxed linen thread for sewing the signatures
  • PVA glue
  • 3" x 5-1/2" cardstock for creating a punching template

Tools Needed

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Punching cradle
  • Glue brush
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Gluing up boards
  • Ruler

Another example of how the cover wraps around the book.

When:   Saturday July 8 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by July 3 to receive the password
Workshop Questions: Celeste Chalasani
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Bonnie Halfpenny presents a challenge for our September exchange

The trouble with starting things is that eventually you need to finish them!  or make a painful decision to discard the leftovers.  Every September, NORBAG reaches out and gives us the opportunity to get some unfinished project off the shelf, and out into the world.  The image below is one of my unfinished pieces (I think “clothing” was the theme).  Let’s face it- most unfinished works happen because we either run out of time or get stumped at a particular spot.  Maybe it was too elaborate of an idea to start with.  No matter- looked at with fresh eyes, an answer is usually found and finishing a long-standing problem is doubly satisfying.  

Will we see this finished in the upcoming 
September exchange?

If you would like to share stories about any of your unfinished projects (or ones that have now been completed), please send the information and/or photos to Bonnie Halfpenny.

Monday, June 12, 2023


Members who attended our past two workshops have produced some wonderful books and cards that we would like to share. In May, Edge Gerring taught us how to make stilt books. These were wildly popular and members have come up with even more materials to use to create these structures. Here is a sampling of some of their books.

This is the stilt book Edge made while teaching the workshop.

Cheri Aldrich used her eco-dyed papers.

Margaret Beech

Michele Kamprath

Sherril Story

This is the back side of Sherril's book.

Emmy Nelson used her beautiful wet cyanotype prints.

Paper beads, 6 strand waxed linen thread,
& twigs from the garden complete
Emmy's very organic book.

Thank you Edge for introducing us to this great structure!

For our June workshop Kenzie Mullen taught us how to make an elegant pop-up card that could be expanded to make a multi-page book. Kenzie learned how to make this structure from one of our Alaskan members, Margo Klass, at the Newport Paper & Book Art Festival. Here are some examples of the cards made at the workshop. 

Beth McIlraith

Sherril Story's card cover

The inside of Sherril's card.

Margaret Beech

Margaret Beech

Mary Conley made a beautiful winter scene card.

Emmy Nelson used a whole sheet of her beautiful
cyanotype paper for her cards.

Emmy has been VERY busy making these gorgeous cards.

Thank you Kenzie for sharing this versatile structure.

This month we will introduce another contributor to this blog. One of our members from Portland, Oregon, Bonnie Halfpenny, will be sharing some of her book art ideas as well as proposing some questions for our readers. 

Everyone has their favorite tools, and I would have a hard time just choosing one.  (When my grandson was young, he couldn't live without his Tigger which doubled as a pacifier).  While I am not as attached to it as he was to his tool, I would often be quite lost without the Dritz Fine Point Disappearing Ink Pen, which is both air and water soluble.  Although made for fabrics, I have used this pen on printer paper, both cold & hot press watercolor, mulberry papers, cardstock, and Unryu and it has evaporated without a trace after a couple of days, or sooner.  Of course, I test it out first on new material, to be sure.  It is sold online and in fabric stores.

What are your favorite tools?  We'd love to know!  Please send your ideas to