• Japanese Stab Binding

    Posted on May 5, 2014 by in Current Workshops, Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Twelve students learned the “ins and outs” of a side bound book. Book board was covered to create two hinged covers. Students could choose to make a photo album (with a fold on each page to accommodate the extra dimensions of added photos) or a journal. Everyone used either a Dremel drill or power drill […]

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  • Found Objects

    Posted on February 28, 2014 by in My Books, Photography, Sewn Spine

    The making of this book has been a labor of love and one of constant problem solving; I didn’t think things through before starting the book. There is something to be said for that approach— I learned a lot and the book is more interesting because of it. We have a little cabin in Nebraska […]

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  • Oops. Drawing #4

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Drawing

    I better put my thistle up too. We were not allowed to use a pencil to “set things up” and I really missed it. It’s hard to just start drawing with a pen and end up with something where you want it. We were also supposed to do this with a continuous line…..no lifting the […]

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  • Drawing Class #5 Shoes!

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Drawing

    This was hard. I had to pick a shoe to draw and there are just so many I love. I finally settled on a Reiker because it would provide a challenge. Easy to wear, difficult to draw. As usual, I get so caught up in the watercolor that I forgot to leave some white so […]

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  • Drawing Class #2 and #3

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by in Drawing

    Yes. I’m behind but starting to catch up. One more assignment before Friday! It’s been really interesting to observe myself avoiding drawing or painting. This last week it was the two-day book arts class I taught, which I admit took much longer to prepare for than I expected. This particular avoidance tactic is a vast […]

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  • Star Book Workshop—Finale!

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by in Folded, Workshop Followup

    Fourteen women, glue. paper., needles and thread…..it’s a formula for fun and great book arts. Students made their own bookcloth, cut their beautiful papers, glued them into sections, and sewed the sections into a star book. It was just a pleasure to work with people who were so creative, industrious, and enthusiastic. Enjoy some photos […]

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  • Watercolor with Jane DeFazio

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Drawing

    I have been wanting to take an online watercolor class with Jane DeFazio but always missed the deadline. I’m certain this is no coincidence—I have a case of “fear of drawing” (it’s the blank page) and an irrational fear of drawing in public. What could be safer than an online course, right? The delivery of […]

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  • Eco Printing

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Eco Dyeing, Studio

    It was an eco dye playday yesterday with friend, Sandy. Inspired by India Flint’s Eco Colour. We used dried and fresh vegetation—huge surprise that the dried leaves left so much color. We used Stonehenge printmaking paper and Watercolor paper with leaves packed in between sheets. The sandwiches were bound together then boiled for 1.5 hours […]

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  • Making Your Own Bookcloth

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by in How-To

    One of the reasons I haven’t taken up quilting is because of the size of the fabric stash I’ve seen in quilters’ closets. I’m creating a smaller version of The Stash using fat quarters. I learned to make my own book cloth using a method from a Tim Ely workshop. He uses bond paper (thin […]

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  • Star Book

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by in Current Workshops, Folded, Sewn Spine

    This Book Is a Star! This spectacular book, when closed, looks like any other book. But when it is opened, the pages pop out and form a star. This book will have board covers and will be sewn using double needles (beading optional). The double-page spread lends itself to artwork or photos. Variations will contain […]

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