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PaperLove E-course – Weeks 3 and 4

Each week of my online PaperLove E-course has a topic. Week three was “Word” and week 4 was “Book.” It’s been a fun course with lots of history, information, sharing, projects and more.

A little book mobile made with pages from an old book that was falling apart.

A little book mobile made with pages from an old book that was falling apart.

Luckily, I’ll have access to the class for six months. I just haven’t had the time to try everything. I spent a lot of time these past two weeks working on a Capital Campaign Fundraiser. Still, I managed to sneak in time to work on a number of the projects.

Close up of my little books. They're sitting on a page of alphabet writing with a stick dipped in walnut ink.

Close up of my little books. They’re sitting on a page of alphabet writing with a stick dipped in walnut ink. The book pages are quite old and brittle.

The above photo shows some of the books from the book mobile up close. I tore all the pages for the books as well as the covers. The background for this photo is some exploratory alphabet writing. I used a stick and dipped it in walnut ink. It was a bit difficult for me to simply scribble rather than try for good calligraphic form.

Haiku in brush calligraphy.

Haiku in brush calligraphy.

I wrote some Haikus last week, but didn’t have time to write them in calligraphy. The above photo is one I wrote a number of years ago with a brush on Japanese paper.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

My favorite project was making a journal. A friend had given me a roll of old faux leather, probably vinyl. I cut a piece and used it as my cover. The journal has three signatures that are sewn into the spine of the journal.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

I used an old button off of a dress I had years ago. I sewed it to the cover with silk thread. I used the thread to wrap around the book to keep the journal closed. I think I’ll add beads to the threads on the spine.

Journal with three signatures.

Journal with three signatures.

It’s been a fun class. You can read about weeks two and three on the links below.

PaperLove E-Course Week 1

PaperLove E-Course Week 2

Enjoy, Candy

 

PaperLove E-course – Week 1

This past week I’ve been taking an E-course called PaperLove. It’s a 5 week course taught by Rachel Hazell of Edinburgh, Scotland. All the participants are in a Facebook group where we can share our creations, ask questions, and inspire each other.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I'm writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I’m writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

The participants are from all over the world. There are 54 of us in the Facebook group, so there’s lots of interaction. We started by introducing ourselves and sharing photos of our studios.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

Rachel shared lots of information about the history of paper and introduced other paper artists. We had exercises 6 days of the week. This course has me exploring things I never would have contemplated before. And it also requires me to leave my perfectionism behind (really hard).

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

The hardest thing about my pamphlet stitch book was to do it without measuring, just eyeballing it. That’s not how I usually work, but I must admit, the book came out fine.

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. The words are printed on the right (in case you can't read my writing on the photo).

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. 

There’s a lot more to the class than I’m showing here. And I’m still working on my “book within you”. I’ll share it with you when it’s further along.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

If you are interested in Rachel’s work, check out her website: Rachel Hazell.

Enjoy, Candy

23 Sandy Gallery Show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page

Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary is the latest show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky to get to Portland this past weekend and my first stop was to see this show. It’s only up until the 29th of October, so if you’re in the Portland neighborhood, you’ll want to get there ASAP.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary began their Dead Feminists series of broadsides in 2008 which have featured 24 different women from history. The letterpress printed broadsides connect their words and stories to current social political issues.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

The newest chapter in the series is the publication of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color, a book about the series published by Sasquatch, which was released earlier this month.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

The exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery delves into the process of creating both the prints and the book, from original drawings and ephemera to the latest print in the series to be revealed concurrently with the book release. It’s this showcasing of the process that adds so much to the show.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawing to separations to printing.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawings to separations to printing.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O'Leary.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O’Leary.

23 Sandy Gallery always has wonderful shows. But they also have a number of other works on display in the back rooms and in their display cases. It’s always a delight to visit. Since I live 300 miles away, I don’t get there as often as I would like. But that only makes it more special when I do get to visit.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

My favorite little book, from this visit, is Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy (see photo below). It shows the responses to her question, Can I get some coffee please? across the US. Sue noted that there were significant regional differences to her question.

Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy.

Coffee Please? an accordion book by Sue Clancy.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Unfortunately, I did not record the artist or the name of the book on the above photo. I guess that means you have to visit the gallery yourself to find it out. You can also see more on the website: 23sandy.com

Enjoy, Candy

Learning Experiences (a.k.a. mistakes)

My personal motto is: “If you can’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them.” Well this past week was apparently set aside for learning from my mistakes as I had a few problems with my custom order for 16 accordion card books.

Cracking when folding. From now on, I will be very careful of mixing acrylic inks in my watercolors when I know I'll be folding the paper.

Cracking when folding. From now on, I will be very careful of mixing acrylic inks in my watercolors when I know I’ll be folding the paper.

I thought I had everything under control. I wrote out a schedule to make sure I was going to get the order completed in a week. Everything was going fine until Saturday when I folded the 12 Thank You’s just prior to attaching their covers. That’s when the color cracked on most of the folds.

Another example of cracking on the fold.

Another example of cracking on the fold.

What happened? I was recreating a color combination that I had done about a year ago. The colors looked fine, so I didn’t run a check of one completed book. I just did them all together. Apparently I mixed too much FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic into my watercolors. Oops!

Another learning experience – don't rush! Here I rushed and got just a drop of glue on my paper. I didn't notice it and put it under weights. The paper tore when I opened the book. Another oops!

Another learning experience – don’t rush! Here I rushed and got just a drop of glue on my paper. I didn’t notice it and put it under weights. The paper tore when I opened the book.

And to add insult to injury, as I rushing to replace the card books that had cracked, I made another mistake. This time I wasn’t careful with my glue because I was trying to get as many accordion card books finished as possible so I could get them to the Post Office before closing time. Note to self: You will probably get more done if you don’t rush. Just breathe and do what you can.

One of the card books open, the rest closed. The two in front are finished and have their gold ties with beads.

One of the card books open, the rest closed. The two in front are finished and have their gold ties with beads.

The good news is that I have a wonderful client who didn’t mind that I only sent out part of her order today. I’ll send the rest out later this week.

These are the accordion card books that went out today. I have placed a protective paper in them so any moisture from the glue won't warp the opposite page.

These are the accordion card books that went out today. I have placed a paper as a barrier for any moisture left over from recent gluing.

Lessons learned. Run a check before making multiples of anything. Don’t rush. And maybe, add a little more time on projects for the unexpected. Hopefully this will help you from making these same mistakes.

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Inspiration Books

While I love designing and playing with new ideas for paper art, sometimes I need to make art to sell in my studio. The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on replenishing my supply of Inspiration Books. It’s not the most exciting thing I do in my studio, but it has an enjoyable rhythm to it.

This past week, I've been making Inspiration Books.

This past week, I’ve been making Inspiration Books.

I have a couple of dozen designs for these little books. Each Inspiration Book has a word or words on the cover which describe the quote inside.

I cut out squares with a utility knife to make a piano hinge closure. A toothpick holds the Inspiration Book closed.

I cut out squares with a utility knife to make a piano hinge closure. A toothpick holds the Inspiration Book closed.

These miniature accordion books each have a quote inside. The books close with a toothpick holding the book closed.

These Inspiration Books have a quote inside. This is the Happy Birthday Inspiration Book.

My Inspiration Books each have a quote inside. This is the Happy Birthday Inspiration Book.

I make the cords for each of the Inspiration Books from multiple threads and yarn. I pick the colors to go with the colors of the book.

I use different threads for the cord for the Inspiration Books.

I use different threads for the cord for the Inspiration Books.

Since I want all my covers to be the same weight and easy to repeat, I scan images of my paste papers and print them out on Epson Premium Presentation Paper.

Close up of three of my Inspiration Books. Note the toothpicks that hold the books closed. They are miniature accordion books.

Close up of three of my Inspiration Books. Note the toothpicks that hold the books closed. They are miniature accordion books.

It’s not always new and innovative things I work on each day, but I do enjoy it.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – I Love You Accordion Card Books

For over a month I’ve been busy with family and helping my dad downsize and move. This has left me with little time to make art. The result is that I haven’t been replacing the art that has sold out of my studio.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books. Each one is hand lettered with watercolor and gold accents.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books.

This week I realized I sold out of my I Love You Accordion Card Books. I guess they were popular for Valentine’s Day gifts. So this week I worked on making three new ones. I won’t put them all in my studio at once. I’ll keep a couple here in my studio at home.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

It feels good to be back in my studio again. Although my current schedule is still pretty busy, I’m hoping to be able to carve out a couple of hours a day to work on my art. I’ve been missing it.

I Love You Accordion Card Books.

I Love You Accordion Card Books. Because each book is an original, they are all just a little different.

Enjoy, Candy

Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I stopped by 23 Sandy Gallery to see their latest exhibit, Blood Quantum, a book art exhibit about ancestry, identity and our personal cultural narrative. It’s a wonderful exhibit and will be on view through December 19.

Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

Blood Quantum is a concept that refers to the degree of ancestry for an individual of a specific racial or ethnic group such as Native Americans. This concept leads to thinking about ancestry, identity, heritage, family history and personal cultural narrative.

you are with me by Jihae Kwon

you are with me by Jihae Kwon

Artist books, as multi-surfaced and textural objects, are a perfect medium to explore such complex and powerful topics. Artists responded to our call with deeply felt, thoughtful works—at once celebration, remembrance and reflection.

Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon

Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon

Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian and curator of the artists’ book collection in the UCLA Arts Library helped with the jurying of this exhibit.

Riddle One by Anita Bigelow

Riddle One by Anita Bigelow

As Robert Gore said in his juror statement: “To name a few places, in the course of this show you will travel with the artists to Latin America, Russia, France, Poland, Hawaii, China, Chile, Tennessee, Appalachia, Canada, India, South Korea, Virginia, Norway, Mexico, and the Cherokee, Nuxalk, and Oneida Nations.”

Ancestral Pos by Hidde Van Duym

Ancestral Pods by Hidde Van Duym

I loved this exhibit. I hope you have a chance to see it. If not, you can see more on 23 Sandy Gallery’s website.

Enjoy, Candy

Good People Artist Book by Camille Riner

If you enjoy either miniature books or artist books, you should check out the books made by Camille Riner. I made her Tiny Winter Walk Book from a digital file earlier this year and wrote about it on this blog. Now she has come out with a new book, Good People.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out and proof the file for her new book, Good People. This is a colorful, two sided nesting accordion book.

The first step was to print out the covers and pages for the text.

The first step was to print, then cut out the covers and pages for the text.

Following Camille’s written instructions with lots of illustrations, I came up with two accordion folded sections which are nested and glued together to make a wonderful little book.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven't been attached yet.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven’t been attached yet.

I had never made this type of accordion book before. I enjoyed making the book. Camille’s instructions and illustrations made it a breeze. It looks more complicated to make than it really is.

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Camille has designed and made a number of delightful little artist books. I encourage you to check out her website: CamilleRiner.com.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Camille’s work, just click on “shop” from her website.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

I will include a link to where you can purchase the downloadable book once it is available. NOTE: This book is now available as an instant download from Camille’s Etsy shop –  Good People Downloadable Book.

Enjoy, Candy

Letterfest 2015

Last Saturday I attended Letterfest 2015, the All Oregon Calligraphy Conference hosted by the Portland Society for Calligraphy. Calligraphers from all over Oregon, and some from Washington, converged on Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon for a daylong festival of calligraphy with mini-classes and shopping.

Letterfest 2015 was held in Beaverton, Oregon.

Letterfest 2015, held in Beaverton, Oregon, was hosted by the Portland Society for Calligraphy.

Shopping was an integral part of Letterfest. John Neal Bookseller, from Greensboro, North Carolina had books and supplies for sale. I loved the ability to look through the vast assortment of calligraphy and bookbinding books.

Peggy Skycraft of Skycraft Designs had some wonderful marbled and paste papers as well as ties and scarves for sale.

Peggy Skycraft of Skycraft Designs had some wonderful marbled and paste papers as well as ties and scarves for sale at Letterfest 2015.

Peggy Skycraft showing one of her favorite marbled papers.

Peggy Skycraft showing one of her favorite marbled papers.

There were morning and afternoon classes along with plenty of time for shopping. In addition to having shopping before and after the classes, we were had an hour and a half for lunch. Since lunch was prepared for us, it was easy to eat and chat with friends, then go shopping once again.

Another Letterfest vendor, Black Thumb Studio sells vintage pen nibs and ink wells.

Another Letterfest vendor, Black Thumb Studio sells vintage pen nibs and ink wells.

Before the conference and during lunch, we had the opportunity to bid on a number of fabulous pieces of calligraphy that were in the silent auction. What a joy to see so many wonderful works of art.

More ink wells from Black Thumb Studio. The one in the front center is like the one I own.

More ink wells from Black Thumb Studio. The one in the front center is like the one I own.

One of the best parts of Letterfest was making new friends and connecting with old ones. I could have chatted for hours with my new and old friends. The day was over all too quickly.

Laurie Weiss of Black Dog Studio makes some beautiful journals which she sold at Letterfest 2015.

Laurie Weiss of Black Dog Studio makes some beautiful journals which she sold at Letterfest 2015.

My morning class was Bookbinding for Calligraphers taught by Diane Flack. Diane taught us a number of simple book structures and showed us a myriad of variations for each book. The visual stimulation was amazing. My head was spinning with ideas by the end of the class.

Diane Flack showing one of the books she taught us in Bookbinding for Calligraphers at Letterfest 2015.

Diane Flack showing one of the books she taught us in Bookbinding for Calligraphers at Letterfest 2015.

Diane showed us many variations of simple book structures.

Diane showed us many variations of simple book structures.

My afternoon class was Drawn & Decorated Versals taught by Angelina Cox. We started with traditional drawn versals and then went on to more free and playful versals which we colored with colored pencils, watercolors and gouache. The variety of what each of us in the class producd was astounding. We all had the same instructions, but our versals were quite different.

Angelina Cox demonstrating drawn versals.

Angelina Cox demonstrating drawn versals.

Angelina's samples of decorated versals.

Angelina Cox’s samples of decorated versals.

Decorated versals by Angelina Cox.

Decorated versals by Angelina Cox.

Now I need to figure out how to carve out more time to practice what I learned. With my attending a 2-day workshop starting tomorrow, that will be a bit of a challenge.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Thank You Card Books

Last Friday, during the First Friday Art Walk, I received an order for some Thank You Card Books. My customer loved the yellows and oranges. He said they were perfect colors for autumn.

These Thank You Card Books are a special order.

These Thank You Card Books are a special order.

So, this past week, I made a number of fall colors of Thank You Card Books. In addition to reminding me of autumn leaves, I think these colors are ever so cheerful and upbeat.

They are now packaged and waiting to be picked up.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Calligraphy & Art Retreat

For the past 7 days, my studio has been an 6 foot long table in a shared studio space with 11 other calligraphers and artists from Oregon, Washington and California. It is an annual retreat where I get to do whatever calligraphy and art I want to do for an entire week. I don’t have to cook or do housework.

These are 2 magnetic closure books that I made following the instructions Lili shared with us. The covers are watercolors I made this past week too.

These are 2 magnetic closure watercolor journals that I made following the instructions Lily shared with us. I made the covers using watercolors.

This week-long Calligraphy and Art Retreat has been going on for many years. It’s been sponsored by different calligraphy guilds over the years, but it’s always held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon which overlooks the Columbia River. We can do art, swim, sleep, hike, relax and have our meals prepared for us by their wonderful kitchen staff.

Two variations I made based on Elizabeth's instructions of the tiny tab book.

Two variations I made based on Elizabeth’s instructions of the tiny tab book.

Elizabeth's magnetic closure journal with my studio table in the background.

Elizabeth’s magnetic closure journal with my studio table in the background.

I always come home with lots of new ideas and renewed enthusiasm. The format for this retreat is that we can work on whatever we want. There are 4 hours a day of quiet time where we know we can work uninterrupted. At other times there are informal demonstrations, discussions and sharing that we can attend or not.

Some of Kay's work. 2 journals and 3 paintings, resting on the window above her work table.

Some of Kay’s work, 2 journals and 3 paintings, resting on the window above her work table.

One of Lili's creations. The card folds to fit in the little black envelope.

One of Lily’s creations. The card folds to fit in the little black envelope that’s on the left.

This year, Lili taught some of us how to make a journal with a magnetic closure. Elizabeth demonstrated how to make a mini tab book and a few more folded cards and books. Kay demonstrated some acrylic painting techniques as well as how to make 3D letters. Susan demonstrated techniques she uses in making art on cradled art panels.

Susan is demonstrating her warm up exercises using various tools and brushes.

Susan is demonstrating her warm up exercises using various tools and brushes.

Sally's warm-up calligraphy. I found these stacked on a chair by her work station.

Sally’s warm-up calligraphy. I found these stacked on a chair by her work station.

My goal for the week was to practice with the pointed pen. I took a mini class on the pointed pen in May and I wanted to spend some time working on the alphabet. Michelle, who is a master of the pointed pen, kindly gave me some extremely helpful pointers.

Thanks to Michelle's pointers, my pointed pen calligraphy is coming along.

Thanks to Michelle’s pointers, my pointed pen calligraphy is coming along.

We use every possible flat space to put our art as our tables aren't big enough to hold all our stuff. Here are some of Michelle's wonderful cards on a TV stand.

We use every possible flat space to put our art as our tables aren’t big enough to hold all our stuff. Here are some of Michelle’s wonderful cards on a TV stand.

I am more energized from this years retreat than ever. Everything is unpacked and put away. My drafting table is clear and as soon as I am through with this blog post, I’m looking forward to doing art for the rest of the day.

Elizabeth's acrylic painting, as taught by Kay.

Elizabeth’s acrylic painting, after Kay’s demonstration..

Renae's work in progress from a photo.

Renae’s work in progress from a photo.

Some of Michelle's bleach painting works in progress.

Some of Michelle’s bleach painting works in progress.

One of Susan's multi media flower series on cradle board.

One of Susan’s multi media flower series on a cradled art panel.

Another of Susan's collages on a cradled wood panel. Is it finished yet?

Another of Susan’s collages on a cradled wood panel. Is it finished yet?

Nancy's watercolor in progress from a photo.

Nancy’s watercolor in progress from a photo.

Another of Nancy's watercolors made into a card. She used one of my paste papers behind her art to show off her flowers.

Another of Nancy’s watercolors made into a card. She used one of my paste papers behind her art to show off her flowers.

And did I mention great food?

And did I mention great food?

Renee's unique thank you card to Ruthie.

Renae’s unique thank you card to Ruthie.

More of Sally's works in progress.

More of Sally’s works in progress.

Elizabeth's meander fold book.

Elizabeth’s diamond-fold maze book.

One of Sally's backgrounds that she painted. She sells a book called Background Blitz which explains how she makes many of her beautiful backgrounds.

One of Sally’s backgrounds that she painted. She sells a book called Background Blitz which explains how she makes many of her beautiful backgrounds.

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

View from Menucha Retreat and Conference Center overlooking the Columbia River. What an inspiring place to come to each year to make art!

Somehow I managed not to get photos of Edna’s, Judy’s or Sam’s work. I’m so sorry, because they all do such great work too.

I love my fellow artists and look forward to transporting my studio, once again next year, to Menucha.

Happy creating, Candy

Tapered Roll Fold

A tapered roll fold is a type fold used in the printing industry for brochures. I thought this fold would work for either a book or a card. Here is what I created using this fold.

Finished tapered roll fold, perfect for a card or small book.

Finished tapered roll fold, perfect for a card or small book.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper and cut it 5″ high, making it 5″ by 22″. I painted an almost rainbow like graduated wash on the paper and added a bit of sea salt.

This is how the watercolor paper looks while wet. I hav ejust sprinkled the salt on the paper.

This is how the watercolor paper looks while wet. I hav ejust sprinkled the salt on the paper.

This is how the watercolor looks when dried.

This is how the watercolor looks when dried.

After the paper dried, I cut off one end and folded at 4″. I then wrapped the paper around and folded until I had 5 sections. I cut off the remaining bit on the other end.

This shows the 5 folds and the pieces cut off each of the ends.

This shows the 5 folds and the pieces cut off each of the ends.

I cut the taper on three of the folds. See photo below.

Here the taper has been cut.

Here the taper has been cut.

All that’s left is to roll the paper around itself. There is so much potential in this fold. I’m thinking it could be a fun soft cover for a little book. It would make a great greeting card too.

Front of the tapered roll fold. How about a slit for the taper to slip into?

Front of the tapered roll fold. How about a slit for the taper to slip into?

I’m thinking that it could have a slit in the cover for the taper to slide into. I can see that I’m going to be playing with this fold for a while. There are so many things I could do with this.

Here's what the back of the tapered roll fold looks like.

Here’s what the back of the tapered roll fold looks like.

Vertically, the tapered roll fold looks a little like a purse.

Vertically, the tapered roll fold looks a little like a purse.

Vertical tapered roll fold as seen from the back.

Vertical tapered roll fold as seen from the back.

Note: If you make this fold, you will want to make sure you are making your folds with the direction of the grain of the paper. If you don’t know what that means, you can check out my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Eco-Holders

I made my first Eco-Holder a few years ago after going to an Estate Sale where the sellers were going to take a garage full of paperback books to the landfill. I took three large garbage bags full of these books and tried to think of something to do with them that would keep them out of the landfill. Eco-Holders were the result.

Three Eco-Holders made from recycled books, tiles and beads.

Three Eco-Holders made from recycled books, tiles and beads.

I used all recycled components to make my Eco-Holders. The books were saved from going to the landfill. The tiles and beads are from Habitat for Humanity ReStore, from the discard bin at a local tile shop or from Scrap in Portland.

I originally made Eco-Holders to hold business cards, but people have used them to hold many different things.

I originally made Eco-Holders to hold business cards, but people have used them to hold many different things.

After folding and making what I thought was something to hold business cards, I started selling my Eco-Holders in my studio at the Ashland Art Center.

Another Eco-Holder that I made this past week.

Another Eco-Holder that I made this past week.

My customers have found many other uses for my Eco-Holders. They have been used to hold poetry, recipes, “to-do” notes, grocery lists, Christmas cards (for a display), business cards and more.

This Eco-Holder reminds me of a hedgehog.

This Eco-Holder reminds me of a hedgehog.

Making Eco-Holders is what I’ve been doing in my studio this past week. I really enjoy making something useful out of recycled items.

This Eco-Holder sits on a peg and can be turned upside down for a slightly different look.

This Eco-Holder sits on a peg and can be turned upside down for a slightly different look.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Congratulations Accordion Card Books

This week I realized that a year ago, I was attending my niece’s graduation from USC where she received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations. That reminded me that it’s graduation time again. So, I decided I needed to make some more of my “congratulations” card books.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book. Is it a card or a book? It's both.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book. Is it a card or a book? It’s both.

I call it a card book because it’s really both a card as well as an accordion book. It’s a really unique graduation card for a graduate. And, it can be used for lots more occasions than just graduations.

Three Congratulations Accordion Card Books shown open, one closed and one watercolor paper with the congratulations written on it before being painted and decorated.

Three Congratulations Accordion Card Books shown open, one closed and one watercolor paper with the congratulations written on it before being painted and decorated.

I made a number of these this week in various colors. The accordion part of the book is made from watercolor paper. I outline the letters with a permanent marker, then use watercolor and blend the colors as I paint the letters.

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

After the watercolor is dry, I embellish the “congratulations.”  Finally, I cover the book board with one of my paste papers that matches the colors of the letters.

I love all the different paste paper covers for these Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

I love all the different paste paper covers for these Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

You can see more of my card books on my blog post: Studio Snapshot – Accordion Books.

Enjoy, Candy

Tiny Winter Walk Book

I found this tiny book as a downloadable file in Camille Riner’s Etsy shop last week. I had never made this type of book, so I just had to try it. It’s made from a single sheet of 8 1/2 by 11″ paper which you print on both sides of the paper.

This Winter Walk book measures 1.5" square when closed.

This Winter Walk book measures 1.5″ square when closed.

When you purchase the book, you get 2 .pdf files. One is for the book itself and the other is the instructions. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. I was so excited to try out making the book that I printed out two separate pages before I realized that I was supposed to print the second image on the back of the paper.

Winter Walk book finished (on left) and showing all the components cut out for a second one.

Winter Walk book finished (on left) and showing all the components cut out for a second one. When you purchase a digital file, you can then make it again and again, each time improving your skill.

One of the nice things about purchasing a digital file is that you can use it multiple times. I tried making this book with a couple of different papers. I found that I liked a 32# text weight matte presentation paper. Camille suggests a thin matte photo paper, but I didn’t have that so I decided to use what I had on hand. I also tried a heavier paper, and although it worked, I liked the lighter paper better.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner and available as a digital download in her Etsy shop.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner and available as a digital download in her Etsy shop.

I love tiny books. I guess they’re officially called miniature books. There’s something about the intimacy of miniature books that I enjoy. This was a fun book to make. I may need to go out and get the paper that Camille recommends and see if I like it even better than the one I used.

Winter Walk book, open and closed.

Winter Walk book, open and closed.

You can see more of Camille’s work on her website www.camilleriner.com and you can purchase either the finished book or the downloadable version from her Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/CamilleRiner.

Enjoy, Candy