Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commercial Bindery video from 1947

This video is mesmerizing AND fascinating.

My uncle worked as a typesetter for a newspaper in Tennessee.  He loved his job.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Process of Sculpting Books

I stumbled upon this short (7:08 minute) video showing the process of sculpting books  It features the Zen Garden Installation by Long-Bin Chen "Set in Stone".  I've often wondered about the process of sculpting with books.

This video was highlighted on the website of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston announcing the opening of a gallery show of sculpted books.  The article, published in 2013, is worth reading and pictures of the art are worth seeing  HERE

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston


MAY 23 – JULY 6, 2013

This stumble created a thin thread of discovery.  I found a few more videos showing the actual process of artists sculpting books using electric machines (sand blasting booth, sanders, drills, nail guns, etc).  It was a pleasant ride - you should take it…

NOTE:  I volunteered for a year at a busy Atlanta library in the donated book section.  I know what happens to all of the thousands of books that get donated and can't, or won't be, bought.  This is a good thing. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pamphlet Stitched Journal

If the Focus Book workshop finishes early we're going to make this journal structure…

Design Considerations:
I wanted a journal structure that used supplies most folks would have on hand and involved minimal, if any, sewing.  It should be easy to assemble and easy to decorate (I, however, couldn't stand it and decorated mine with a map and then tissue and stamps on top of that).
Journal - Closed
5 7/8"" x 6" (closed)
5 7/8" x 13" (open)
One Signature - 6 sheets 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pamphlet Stitch - 3 hole
Tab Closure

File Folder cut in 1/2
3 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" text weight paper cut in half (my signatures were used envelopes)
   - equalling 6 sheets for the signature plus an envelope.
Map cut to size for the inner envelope
Waxed linen thread and tapestry needle
Exacto Knife
Push Pin or Awl
Decorating supplies: maps, tissue paper, rubber stamps, magazine photos, color pencils

Cutting and Assembly specifics noted at bottom of post.

Open Journal - Outside
Open Journal - Inside with sewn signature in place
Open Journal - Showing an envelope
made from a map sewn in with the signature.
File folder cut in half - width wise at 5 7/8"
- cut according to this diagram.
If these instructions are as clear as mud - contact me.
1.  Cut a file folder exactly in half.
With 1/2 of the folder lying horizontally in front of you measure the following:
2.  From the existing fold in the folder, measure to the left 4 5/8" - cut off the remaining folder to the left.
3.  From the left edge (newly cut) measure right 9 3/8" - score and fold.
4.  From the left edge (newly cut) measure right 10 1/4" - draw a light pencil line across the folder as shown.
5.  From the 10 1/4" line measure right 1 3/4" - draw a light pencil line across the folder as shown.
6.  Measure right from that line 1" (this is your tab) - draw a light pencil line across the folder as shown.
7.  Find the center of the line at 1 3/4" = mark to the top and bottom 1".   Do the same at the 1" line.  The tab is 2" wide on center beginning on the 1 3/4" line.
8.  Mark diagonal lines from the 10 1/4" outside lines up to the 1 3/4" pencil line.
9.  Mark two straight lines (see diagram) - this is your tab.
10.  Cut out the flap and tab.
11.  Fold the left side of the cover over to the right and the flap and tab on top of that.  Mark on the cover where the corners of the tab meet the flap and cut a 2 1/4" slit for the tab to be inserted in.
12.  Fold 6 sheets of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" paper.  Mark signature holes and sew a pamphlet stitch.
13.  Decorate before or after assembly.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Focus Book - Workshop at Random Arts in Saluda, NC

I'll be teaching this book I created at Random Arts in Saluda, NC on July 25th.

6 1/8" x 7 1/4"

6 1/8" x 22 1/2"

I've been caught up in the Gouache technique.  Where you paint a picture in acrylic paint, paint over it with white gouache water color, paint over that with india ink and then wash the gouache and ink off under running water.  You're never quite sure what result you'll get - it's pretty cool.
Big, simple, picture drawn with a Sharpie marker and
painted with acrylics.
Painted areas covered in white gouache paint.
Picture AFTER india ink had been brushed over the entire picture
(after painting on the gouache paint) and washed off - and final
doodling was applied.
Delema:  Sooooo,  I'm making all these pictures - all 5 1/2" x 5" and I wanted a safe place to put them (safe as in " so I don't lose them in my art studio - which is all of my house).

Design thoughts:  
1.  All the pictures are the same size and I'll continue working in that size.
2.  I have a remnant of a new rubber car mat that I "saved" from the trash.  I LOVE an excuse to repurpose something.
3.  What kind of book could I make that would be flexible so the artwork could be taken out later to be worked on, added to, or given away?

1.  Origami folded paper creating 4 corner pockets per sheet (no cutting).  Two of these sheets are glued back to back around a hinge (made using duck tape).
2.  A cover made from one piece of rubber car mat.
3.  All held together with two screws and acorn nuts allowing the book to expand if needed.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Gouache here a little Gouache there + Golden Fluids color chart

Although, admittedly, I'm an impulse opportunity shopper I don't like to buy duplicates of supplies I have at home.

Soooooo, after an inspiring Tuesday of Zen Doodling at Random Arts (where most of my Golden fluids shopping happens) I created an inventory color chart in excel of Golden Fluid paints AND made a handy little wallet painted with the gouache technique, followed by doodling, to put it in.

*  Water color paper was needed for the cover so I could use the gouache technique that uses acrylic paints, gouache, ink and water.
*  The Golden Fluids inventory color chart was printed on card stock and glued to one of two accordion folds incorporated in the cover.
*  A blank sheet of the water color paper (for inspiration and color testing) was glued to the second accordion fold.
*  A description of the various Golden Fluids and their uses was printed and glued to the inside covers for future reference.
*  After finishing the gouache technique I doodled the design and assembled the wallet.
Open wallet (accordian folds in center)
Closed - Front of wallet
Closed - Back of wallet
Open wallet with Golden Fluids color chart attached to one of two accordion folds.

Accomplishing two very FUN projects in one made me very happy:
1)  Putting the inventory sheet in excel.  LOVE excel!  It was time consuming because I copied and pasted each color swatch to a cell next to the color name.  Then I fiddled around with it until it fit the wallet, folded into thirds.  FUN!
2)  Gouache - needed an excuse to make something with the gouache technique.  This was bigger than I've done before.  FUN, again!

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Christmas Card - Panel Book based on Hedi Kyle design

I've been doodling some, making books and buying duplicate of art supplies that I can't get to in "lock up".  Luckily Random Arts is having their Artist's yard sale in October and I can sell some of the duplicates there (my studio should be finished by then).

While lost in Pinterest (this should be a sit com) I came across this marvelous tutorial by Jane Davies on creating a Panel Book - see it HERE.  I had been working on a pop-up design for our 2015 Christmas Cards but I like the simplicity of this Panel Book a lot more (it's got to be easier than my 2011 Christmas Card - HERE).

This is my draft (5 5/8" x 7 1/4") of the card.  The panels are a result of the cuts INTO the accordion - so the panels swing open and closed as you open and close the card.  I doodled the letters on mixed media paper and adhered them to the panels.

My plan is to reduce the size and work on the background and cover designs between now and December 25th (yes, I'm one of those that works best under pressure).

Supplies listed below.

I reduced the accordion fold down to 3 panels from 6.

Top view
Single panel view.  The hinge is incorporated into the accordion.

This is SO versatile.

*  The covers are simple card board.  Not sure if I'll use a heavy card stock or mat board for the finished product.
*  The accordion paper is a light weight (but stiff) decorative paper (original size approx 24"x20") that I drew some simple designs on.
*  Black card stock (1/"8 larger than the doodled card) was glued to the panel first.
*  I doodled the letters on mixed media paper and glued them on top of the black card stock.
*  I used double sided tape to put the components together but glue stick would work too.

Contact me if you have any questions or have made this before.  I'd love to see a picture.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Shading Pencil lines with a Clay Shaper

I watched a YouTube video on working with colored pencils last week.  The artist (sorry I didn't make note of the artist) used a Clay Shaper to shade her graphite pencil lines.  It's been on my mind and I needed to give this technique a try before I forgot it.

Today was the perfect day.  Our every other Tuesday ZenDoodle get together at Random Arts was cancelled - my 5 year old Granddaughter started Clay Camp this week (3 hrs every morning for a week!) - AND I just happened to have those Clay Shapers in three sizes in my Sculpting Tool Box.

For this project:  I cut a scrap piece of mixed media paper into bookmark size (2"x6").  I glued on a picture of a jewelry pendant and some random jewelry dangles I cut from a travel magazine (using Elmers glue stick).  Then using a No 2 Copic Multiliner and a soft lead pencil I proceeded to doodle.  Fun.  I'll put a quote on the back, add a ribbon, laminate it and abandon it at the local library (see Art Abandonment).

These are the various stages (I finished the bookmark by inking the edges with a Black Memento Stamp Pad):
Began with picture of pendant
Added Dangles and minor lines

Finished doodling

Finished shading using the clay shaders