Category Archives: Bookbinding

Start book demo at Word Vancouver

I gave a demonstration on how to make a star book at Word, a literary festival that took place at the Vancouver Public Library today.

I started by sharing examples of star books. Then I sowed a book and assembled the pages into a star book.

The theme of my book was the Word festival. I used the festival guide to pick the colour of the book and Imade a collage using pictures and extracts from the program.

I really enjoyed sharing the joys of bookbinding during this one hour demo at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) table.

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Starbook with cherry blossom haiku

I created this starbook featuring winners from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational winners.

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Each card was designed by VCBF with the purpose of promoting the winners. I downloaded the cards from the @OfficialVCBF twitter page.

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This starbook will be donated to Haiku Canada to be auctioned during the annual conference this week-end.

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Alzheimer’s ward

cherry blossoms

in the fog

-Marco Fraticelli

 

petal storm —

the affair

I almost had

-Jacqueline Pearce

 

 

Word Vancouver

I presented a bookmaking workshop at Word Vancouver between 3-4pm at the table of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

Participants decorated their book using the logo of the festival.  The book that says “Family Fun” really sums up the experience at this wonderfully literary festival.

If you missed the workshop, check out my tutorial.

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The Art of Suminagashi

Suminagashi (“ink floating” or “flowing ink paper”) is the earliest form of Japanese marbling that originated over a 1,000 years ago. Today I attended the 3-hour suminagashi workshop offered by Candace Thayer-Coe in partnership with CBBAG Lower mainland.

The tools are pretty simple. You need a suminagashi marbling kit, rice paper, brushes, big shallow water containers, a piece of plywood.

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The technique is pretty simple. Holding two brushes filled with two different colours, you dip the tip of the brush on the water surface, one hand after the other. The ink creates a circle that floats on water. And you keep alternating hands, in a continuous motion. It’s very meditative.

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One you’ve done enough circles and the surface is filled with ink, you can either place a piece of paper right away to lift the design.

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Or you could chose to modify the design by:

  • blowing gently on it
  • using a fan

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  • or using a piece of your hair to drag the ink.

The hair technique quickly became our favorite methods and was well worth the ‘hair sacrifice’ and the pain from pulling one’s hair.

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What surprised us the most was how quickly the design would change. We were creating circles until we were satisfied with the design.

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But by the time you came back from getting a sheet of rice paper, the design was completely different.  The circles had expanded to create marbling shapes.

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The transformation was part of the process. We just had to accept it.

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The teacher gave us a frame so we could display our artwork.

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It was a fun afternoon. Considering a marbling kit cost less than $20, I would probably do some again.

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Here are more photos from the class:

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