Monthly Archives: March 2015

Haiku Bookmaking workshop

No. This is not a color wheel.

These are the colorful little books I’ll be teaching people how to make at my next workshop.

The material is pretty simple:  9″X12″ construction paper (folded as a maze), cardstock, ribbon.

Once our books are done, we will be decorating them with chiyogami paper and rubber stamps.

These books fit in your pocket so they are perfect to bring on a ginko. A ginko is a walk haiku poets are doing in nature to find inspiration to write haiku.

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If you want to lean to make a little book, I’ll be teaching the technique:

  • Saturday April 11 2015, 2-3pm, during Sakura Days Japan Fair at the Van Dusen Garden. Find us in the glasshouse.  Workshop is free, but garden entrance fee still apply. Buy your tickets online to avoid long queues.
  • Sunday April 12 2015, 2-3pm, during Sakura Days Japan Fair at the Van Dusen Garden. Find us in the glasshouse.  Workshop is free, but garden entrance fee still apply. Buy your tickets online to avoid long queues.
  • Sunday April 26 2015, 1.20-2pm at Kerrisdale Community Centre (go to vcbf.ca for more details and pre-registration). Free events. ****PSS. If you are interested in haiku, come at 12.20-1.20 for a free haiku workshop.***

How to make a portfolio

We learned how to make this beautiful portfolio during a CBBAG workshop lead by Suzan Lee.

I took some pictures of the process so I can remember the instructions.

What you’ll need:

  • two bookboards
  • clothe to cover spine (outside and inside)
  • paper for the outside
  • paper for the inside
  • ribbon
  • glue stick
  • pva glue and brush

Glue the spine clothe and attach the book boards.

This is the result.

Choose your paper for the cover.

Glue the paper to the board (paper should overlap the spine cloth by 1 cm or so).

This is the result.

Cut two pieces of ribbon measuring (same height as the spine).

About 1.25 in from the side, use a chisel and hammer  (or exacto knife) to cut a slit in the booarboard the same width as the ribbon (we’ll insert the ribbon through this slit).

Insert the ribbon by pushing it in the slit with a thin spatula.

This spatula is super thin.

Glue about 1inch of the ribbon to the board.

Glue the inner spine (this piece should be slightly shorter than the outside spine).

This is the result.

You can create a ledge to hold paper so they don’t fall off the portfolio. Glue the ledge about 5mm from the edge.

Measure and cut the excess end paper.

Your portfolio is finished!

Thanks to Suzan Lee for a wonderful class and instructions.