North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024


Thank you Carol Du Bosch for teaching us such a fun project for the first NORBAG workshop of 2024. The structure is so easy and adaptable that I'm sure it will become a favorite of our members. The fact that no glue or stitching is required is especially appealing.

This was one of the popular "books" we
made. It would make an excellent $5 gift
or favor for a grandchild. And of course
it could be made in any denomination.

Notes from the Art Lab

by Bonnie Halfpenny

It is always fun to find new a resource that helps us learn more about book arts, whether it is a new book, a class, or a web resource. I don't know how many of you are familiar with Four Keys Book Arts, but they have an amazing amount of free, low-keyed, well produced instructional videos on traditional book binding and related topics that have captured my attention recently. These videos run the gamut from a four-part series called "Book Binding Basics" (each about 1/2 hour), to an advanced five-part set, "Making Medieval Books".  Other single videos can be as simple as "Upcycled Pocket Notebooks", or as specialized as "Making Book Hardware""Making Tiger-Eyed Marble Paper", or "Hand Binding A Christmas Carol".

If you are looking for a refresher, or are wanting to try new techniques, this is an easy and accessible resource, available at no cost. Besides an Instagram account which provides much eye candy, the company also maintains an Etsy shop where they sell high-quality leather-bound journals, marbled papers, vintage papers, and much more.

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