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April 2006 - Issue 53
Hi there, Artlings
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
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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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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
Below is an example of how Martin elegantly explains his sentiments for the holiday season!
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Quietfire 2006 Retreat
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!
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.
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!
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Colour Blending - Calligraphic Style
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.
Here is what you will need:
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.
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!
2006 Current Schedule
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.
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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.
If you make presentations, are a teacher, or want to make books like the incomparable Michelle Ward, this is your baby!!
Use these little babies instead of soldering microscope slides!
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2006 Suzanne Cannon
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