to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
February/March 2006 - Issue 52
Joanne Ross is a dedicated byhandartist. I thought this was such a wonderful quote I asked her if I could turn it into rubber and I'm delighted to say she agreed. Stay tuned for upcoming rubber announcments!
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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. As yet, I don't have the whole sample of the project to show you, but that won't be long.
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 artistsy 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 accomodation 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 accomodation. 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 non-refundable 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some recent photos from the Text & Texture Journal Classes in Victoria and Vancouver. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of photos of the Vancouver classes. The variety was amazing. Thanks to everyone who came - you made fabulous books!
Click on each photo to see it larger!
Quietfire Design in Print!
Since the Scor-it Board Sale is still on and lots of you have ordered this wonderful tool, I thought I'd include a Scor-it Project in this months newsletter.
The Quietfire Design
The Scored Accordion
©2006 Suzanne Cannon
click on each image to see it larger.
|Stamp the Tiles using the Coffee Bean Brilliance ink on the writing weight paper and carefully cut out the little squares.|
|Cut your long piece of cardstock to 4" x 20"|
Set the Stop Guide on your Scor-it Board to 4" as each of the panels in this project is a 4" square. Align the long side of your cardstock against the centering ruler at the top of the board and butt the end of the paper against the Stop Guide and score. Use your non-scoring hand to hold the paper from twisting.(I had to hold my camera upside down and take the photo with my left hand - so that hand was otherwise engaged!)
If you're a lefty, you'll probably want to put the Stop Guide on the other side of center.
|Flip the cardstock over and again align the long side against the centering ruler. Butt the folded edge of the card against the Stop Guide and score.|
|Once again flip the cardstock over and butt the latest fold against the Stop Guide. Score.|
|Repeat the flip and score one more time.|
|Download the template pdf here!|
|Cut out the templates,
and cut the center out of Panel 1.
|Place this template over each of the panels one at a time and use a pencil to mark the square in the center. This is where you will glue your stamped Tile.|
|Using Removable Tape to hold the template for Panel 1 on the first panel (this will be the one furthest to the left!), use your free hand to hold the paper in place (I had to hold the camera!) and score where indicated on the template. Be careful you don't overscore, or make the score too long. With a little practice you will get to know your Scoring Tool really well!|
|There will be two score lines at 90 degrees to the length of the paper. Line the easy one up at the head by the centering ruler. Score where indicated again being careful not to overscore.|
|The other line that must be scored cannot be lined up so you can see the notch in the centering ruler. Darn. Time for a little finesse! By running your finger along the surface of the Scor-it Board, you can feel the ridge of the scoring rail. Position the card and template over top and position your Scoring Tool carefully on the rail. It will feel like you're working blindfolded, but it works! Again, with a little practice, you'll have no problems with this technique.|
|Remove the Panel 1 Template so you can see your handy work! Next place the Panel 2 Template over the second panel and score where indicated. Use Panel 3 and Panel 4 templates the same way. I didn't score the last panel of the card.|
|Glue the backs of your stamped Tiles and place them
in the penciled square you made earlier.
Sometimes finesse is again required if you didn't quite get the scores right! It's probably better to center the Tile between the scores than to stick to the pencil mark! Erase the pencil mark if this happens. Only you will know!
|Write a nice comment or saying around the Tile on the last panel. Voila! Beautiful and simple!|
Text & Texture Journal - new this spring
In this workshop we will use a rich and varied selection
of papers to assemble a journal that will fascinate the owner before it
is even filled! The cover will be decorated using techniques that will
give wonderful texture embedded with intriguing inclusions. The pages
will be bound by stitching over hand dyed and stamped straps which are
eyeleted through the cover.
2006 Schedule to date
Yellow ATC swap
Beth Ann continues to hostess a 3 for 3 swap of Artist's Trading Cards! Our recent challenges were Red and Orange (and you can see those ATC in the two previous issues of byhand). Beth Ann says she is going to put us through the whole rainbow of colours and judging by this collection, I don't plan to miss any!
Thanks Beth Ann - and thanks to everyone who played. Next month - Green!
(ATCs are Artist's Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")
Click on each on to see the larger version.
Thanks so much to everyone who sends me mail!
Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.
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