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Welcome to all the new subscribers! You've just tuned in to the 53rd issue of byhand! It's April, which means it's time to celebrate the anniversary of the byhand newsletter. So I'm announcing the

This card was made by Yogi Grunwald! As usual she's even ahead of me!!

5th Anniversary Challenge!

Create a Postcard - any theme will do, and you will be entered in a draw for

$50 worth of Quietfire byhand products!

Send me a hand-decorated postcard which must arrive
on or before May 10, 2006
and your name will go in a draw for this fabulous prize! All the submissions will be displayed on the Subscriber's Gallery Page. (We're way overdue for some more artwork on there!)
Here's the link to the postcard back with address (or go to You can print this out and use it if it makes life easier (and I'm all for that!) or create or alter your own! Or here's the address:

Suzanne Cannon,
Quietfire Design byhand 5th Anniversary
Box 1231
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M1

The winner of the draw will be announced in the May Newsletter!

News on the Premium Subscriber Rubber! - it will be mailing out this week! Get ready to create!

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You'll notice some changes in the appearance of this newsletter. If you haven't already discovered it, you'll find there is a new menu at the top of the page. (And gee, I hope it's working correctly - I know I still need to tweak it!) In that menu you will find the galleries. One is the Project Gallery, which will have projects from past newsletters. I've already collected up four! The other new gallery is Suzanne's. It's just a few odds and sods that I've been creating lately. I though it might amuse you! I will be updating these galleries periodically.

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Books to Inspire

If you're like me, you probably took Home Economics in high school and learned which is the pointy end of a needle. (If I could have, I might have taken woodworking, but that had to wait till later....) If you love using your hands, stitchery may well have been your first outlet for creativity.

My passion for paper arts and my joy in stitching never really coincided until the last few years. Sometimes it's easier to find gorgeous fabrics than it is to find gorgeous papers! And you just have to look through the following book to see some examples of that. Feast your eyes!

Fabric Art Journals
Making, Sewing and Embellishing Journals from Cloth and Fibres

I just love this book! It is really nicely designed, easy to look at, bright - and has some fabulous ideas in it. It is more a quilter's type of fabric journals, compared with The Art of Fabric Books (below). Most of the books inside are deliciously constructed of fabric pages with wonderful bindings along the edges of the pages. It's a real feast for the eyes. The samples inside come from a wonderful variety of fibre artists. One of my favourite is Beryl Taylor, whose work you can see in many issues of Cloth, Paper, Scissor and Quilting Arts.
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Also a wonderful resource with lots of eyecandy is The Art of Fabric Books.....

The Art of Fabric Books
Innovative ways to use Fabric in Scrapbooks, Altered Books & More

This book is also about fabric books, but much more from an altered art point of view. I especially like this one because it features the artwork of some byhand subscribers within its pages. Inside you'll find the work of Lenna Andrews Foster, Lelainia Lloyd and Zoe Hecht, just to name a few!
This book is also packed with ideas and inspiration. Once again there is a wide variety of artistic style inside the pages.
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It's well worth having both of these books as references when you want a little inspiration for adding fabric and notions to your art! Guaranteed to jump-start your creativity. You'll be flipping the pages as you walk over to your notions and fabric to begin pulling items out!

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Martin Jackson Calligraphy

I've been lucky enough to know Martin Jackson for many years. He was a calligraphic superstar back then and nothing will ever change that! Each stroke he makes with pen and ink shows a devoted passion for creating excellent letterforms.
If you have a chance to take a class with him,
don't hesitate for a minute! Not only will you be educated and inspired, you'll be highly entertained. Perhaps the laughing is well calculated to ease tense shoulder and arm muscles after hours of creating!
On Martin's website, you can view his videos as well as lots of his lettering and graphic design work. Unfortunately, in these videos, he's very serious!

Below is an example of how Martin elegantly explains his sentiments for the holiday season!

If you love fine letters, you must visit
Martin Jackson's website.
After half an hour of perusing it, you'll feel the need to pick up a pen!



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Visit my little gallery page on the ISABA website!

Don't forget if you'd like to share some artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

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Quietfire 2006 Retreat

Westcoast Whisperings

Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-23, 2006

Planning for this year's retreat are coming right along.

This year's project will be a book in a box, but not just any box. Read on......

We will be going on beach and forest walks to collect treasures to decorate a locally-made finely crafted cedar box. The same gentleman who creates my cedar book covers will create the boxes sized just for us. Not only will the box contain our collected treasures of twigs, shells, sea-glass and rocks, but it will also be home to a very special handbound leather journal!
In addition, on the Friday evening after the reception and registration, artist Nancy Quinn will be leading us in creating a little felted book which will be completed on Sunday (when it's dry!).

As last year, there will be a spa evening (at my house this year!) and maybe some artsy field trips! Each participant will receive a goody bag. I'll see what I can do about lining up some massages! The workshop and the accommodation are both at the Best Western Barclay which will make it really convenient and relaxing. There is a special conference room rate and you are responsible for booking your own accommodation Mention you're part of the Quietfire Retreat!

Continental Breakfast, all day coffee, tea and treats and lunches are included in the cost of the Retreat.
All class instruction and project materials are included in the price of the Retreat. There will be some supplies students will be required to bring.

To reserve your spot for this special weekend, the cost is $100 CAD which becomes nonrefundable after June 1, 2006. The balance of $120.00 is due at that time.

Please check with me for availability at the retreat before you book your room!

To register email

Here is a sample of the book in its basic form. You can do more decoration! This is a split strap binding. You will be copy transferring onto leather, copy transferring onto wood, decorating the text pages, setting copper rivets, just to name a few fun things. I'm collecting up ocean and seaside quotations - and bring yours to share, too!


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Colour Blending - Calligraphic Style

I learned this technique from Martin Jackson many years ago. It seems simple enough, but good products are the key! The photos below show you how I do it now.
If you want the full meal deal, make sure you take a class with Martin! He is the colour blending guru!

Here is what you will need:

  • a broad broad-edged nib - I used a Plakat nib (5mm) - or a Brause 5 mm Try what you have on hand. If you use a small nib, the blending just won't show up!
  • Magic Color inks
  • a piece of hot press watercolour paper (you can use cold press if you're comfortable lettering on rough surfaces). I used Arches 140 Hot Press for this demo.
  • Several small pointed brushes (not your good watercolour brushes!!) I keep a different brush for each colour that I blend.
  • a water can
  • a Rinkydink
  • shorty pipettes
  • Removable Tape
  • some paper towels
  • Good timing
  • Your experimental spirit!

Set yourself up with lots of elbow room and all the tools you will need. I find often that if I dilute the ink 1:1, I get a better product. There is a dropper inside the lid of the Magic Colors, so I did 5 drops of colour and 5 drops of water with a pipette into one of the Rinky Dink vials. I use the Removable tape to attach my watercolour paper to my liner.

The colours I worked with for this project were Lagoon Blue (the base colour), Gamma Green and Delta Violet (the blended colours). This gives some of my favourite combinations for an "oceany" look.

For the diluted colour, I just dipped into the Rinky Dink, but if you're using full strength ink, you can use the dropper in the bottle to load your pen. For this demo I used the 5 mm Plakat nib. Looking back, I wished I'd used the Brause 5mm for better hairlines and thicks and thins.

Make your first letter.

Sometimes the pen doesn't lay down a juicy enough amount of ink (see the photo to the left) and the watercolour paper sucks up your letter. If so, you can go back in while the area is still damp and just press your pen into the letter area to allow more ink to flood in.

Dampen your pointed brush in water and blot it on paper towel.

I droppered the Gamma Green Magic Color onto the pointed brush and touched the brush to the wet letter where I wanted the new colour. If the letter has dried out, the new ink will not blend or spread, but remain in an unattractive dab!

I should have waited until this letter dried out a little bit more before I dropped in the colour! It would have blended better.

Here you can see the Gamma Green blending into the Lagoon Blue and spreading. You can tip your page to encourage spreading. Mind you, this letter was a bit too juicy around the bowl of the D to attempt that.....

If you have too much ink in your letter, there is a solution. Just like when you paint with watercolours, you can twirl a tissue or paper towel into a fine point and go into the puddle to suck out excess colour and moisture.

Dampen your other pointed brush, blot, then dropper the Delta Violet onto the brush. Touch your brush to the part of the letter where you want the new colour.

(Not bad for a photo where I was holding the camera upside down so I could press the button and looking through the view screen and drop in Delta Violet colour!)

You can see the colour spreading, but in retrospect, I wish I had diluted the Delta Violet as it overpowered the Lagoon Blue. Once again, I could have waited till the base colour dried a bit more.

Keep in the back of your mind that, just like in watercolour painting, some colours move better than others. You may get a nicer effect using a different combination of colours or diluting the ones you're working with.


Here is another letter (sorry it's a bit out of focus - another left handed upside down photo). I had diluted the Delta Violet by this time and it was blending much more subtly than before.

Here is the completed word, still wet.

Timing is very important for this technique and only a bit of practice will allow you achieve the results you want. Any rhythm you might normally have when you are lettering goes out the window as you must blend each letter when it's wet. Sometimes if I'm particularly bold, I'll get a couple done at a time. Stopping to take photos is not recommended!! The letterforms and spacing go down the tube!

This is a great technique! Try it!

You can use just one blending colour or more that 2 - it's up to you!


Suzanne's Schedule

2006 Current Schedule

May 5 North Vancouver Designing Decos for Divas This is a private class, but if you're interested, please contact me, and I will send you in the right direction!
May 6 North Vancouver Continuing Italic - Coercing Caps! This is a private class, but if you're interested, please contact me, and I will send you in the right direction!
May 7 Surrey BC Mini Mica Memories and Over & Under the Covers Bookmakers of Vancouver
June 17 Victoria, BC The Altered Book Island Blue Print
June 18 Victoria, BC Coptic Bound Journal Island Blue Print
July 21-23 Port Alberni BC Quietfire Retreat  
August 26/27 Denman Island BC The Altered Book Denman Island Arts Centre
September 23, 24 North Vancouver The Copper Book This is a private class, but if you're interested, please contact me, and I will send you in the right direction!


To see a complete list (more or less!) of the classes Suzanne teaches, click here!

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Green ATC swap

Beth Ann continues to hostess a 3 for 3 swap of Artist's Trading Cards! Our recent challenges were Red, Orange and Yellow (and you can see those ATC in the previous issues of byhand). Beth Ann says she is going to put us through the whole rainbow of colours!

Thanks Beth Ann for being a wonderful hostess - and thanks to everyone who played.

(ATCs are Artist's Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")

Click on each on to see the larger version.

Anne A.

Anne A.


Beth Ann

Donna C.

Donna K.




Jane S.


Judy B.

Julie B.

Kathy L.

Mary Beth

Nancy Q.

Pat G.






Linda T.


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The incredible Rubicoil Binder. At last it's affordable to do at home. The look is incredibly professional. Any of you who have ordered my bookbinding kits will have a sample of what the Rubicoil can do. I'm absolutely delighted to add the Rubicoil to the Quietfire collection of tools. I look forward to seeing what you can do with your Rubicoil!

The Rubicoil punches round holes, four to the inch, which you can then twist spiral coils through.

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