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May 2003 - Issue 24
Welcome to the
Again, I'd like to welcome the new subscribers and hope that you find something of interest in this issue.
On my agenda for the near future is new rubber stamp images - stay tuned!
There are new waxed linen thread colours available!
There will be some new book classes announced in the coming months, as well. Busy, busy!
Enjoy this issue of byhand!
Don't forget to get your Journal Challenge in to me by May 15! If you 're new to byhand, you will be too late to join this, but you may read about it in the April newsletter.
Well, at the insistence (!) of Connie (see her Tag Book Below) I've decided it's time to announce the next byhand Swap.
This time we won't do tags! I know, it's hard to believe.... But we'll stay on the topic of books. Here's the scoop.
Mini Book Swap with Copper Embellishments
will make small books,
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For the Altered Book types, I have started a new Yahoo group. In this group, we will be working on a step-by-step book altering project. It will begin very shortly and the cut off for joining this round is Monday May 5, 2003. If you are a byhand subscriber and wish to join us, please send an email to:
Don't forget if you're proud of 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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This month I'd like to introduce you to byhandartist, Lesley Davies. Lesley is a calligrapher and designer of Celtic knotwork living in the U.K. Lesley has two websites, one which features her greeting cards and bookmarks and the other shared with her husband, which includes many things along with Lesley's quilling, stamp designs, pyrography and other Celtic art. Have fun perusing Lesley's sites!
Books to Inspire
Thanks to Ellen Harper for this review!
Art and Fear; Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orlando published by the Image Continuum.
have all been there, that frozen moment when we wonder what the heck we
are doing trying to define ourselves as an Artist. We look at our work
and only see the flaws. We wonder if anyone will understand the message
or even if we have anything to say. We doubt we have any talent and believe
that the magic will never flow. Then one day for one moment we hit the
sweet spot and the Art just happens and when the moment is passed we fear
it will never come again. In Art and Fear all the issues get addressed
from the Myth of Talent to perils of negotiating the commercial/academic
A Little Diversion....
Recently I was introduced, via the surfing the internet, to some very fancy photocorners in unusual shapes. When I mentioned them to the byhandartists, Alisa popped up and suggested making your own version using punched shapes. I thought this was just the best idea!
In this example, I cut a slit through the middle of the punched image, put the edge of the "photo" through the slit and used a gluestick to adhere the "photo" and corners to the background. Easy, peasy!
Tag Book Swap
In December I proposed the Tag Book Swap, where artists were to design small books using shipping tags as some part of their books. If you want to read more about this challenge, click here! There were 25 artists involved and the first few books were shown last month. They will continue to be shown over the next couple of months. Stay tuned for some great, inspiring creations!
Here is this months collection with comments from the artists.
Thanks to Joan for generously sharing her book structure with us!
Booklet: I started with 8½ x 14-inch piece of
paper, cut in half lengthwise. I chose this size because it ultimately
had to fit the size of tags I had, but any size paper would do. (See
diagrams A, B, C)
Folded Side View Cover See diagram D
Sewing 3-holes (see diagram A and D) you can see where the holes should be. Start sewing in the center hole of the inside of the booklet (diagram C, arrow 1) through the center holes on the cover (through the ribbon if you are going to have a tie) through the front of the booklet (see diagram C. arrow 2). Now through the top hole of the booklet and cover, following the reverse from the center hole down to the bottom hole and back through the center. Tie both end of the string together (hopefully you have a thread on each side of the flat string on the paper) Diagram E.
I started my tag book with a coat of black gesso on each side of a regular shipping tag. Then added colored dots and lines with Crayola spider writers. The tag hole and edge of the tag were lined with Crayola metallic markers. Inside I added a handmade glass bead (my new passion) and an accordion fold with a monoline lettered quote. I wasn't sure how to close the book so I played around in my studio and came up with a small bead that fit the hole of the tag snugly. This held the cover closed (hopefully). I enjoyed this exchange as I always learn something from each one. I hope you enjoy my tag book as much as I enjoyed making and learning from it.
Before starting on the book, I first, sketched out the pictures from A-Z and then had them reduced. I found this to be the most challenging part to the sketches to size with the photocopier. After all the copies were organized, I coloured all the sketches. Since the copies were a tad larger then my tags, I had to enlarge my tags to size. I found some decorative paper and cut them to the same size of the tags and pasted them on the tags, along with my ABC stickers on the cover and my glass ladybug trademark. The books were then bound together with a simple bookbinding stitch that Suzanne teaches to all her students. It was a simple idea but very time consuming. I enjoyed all the lovely tag books from everyone. Good work! Karin
Kaleidoscope Tag Booklets Tags were brown shipping tags. For the front covers, I smooshed pigment inks overtop, then stamped in permanent black ink with the PSX Heart Bouquet stamp. I scored two lines about a quarter inch apart in the middle (for the spine) and another one at one end to form the flap. I either stamped or papered over the inside of the tag. For a fastener to wrap the yarn around, I dipped a brass brad head in embossing powder and heated it to create a colour coordinated finish to the brad, then positioned it through the tag hole. The inside pages measured about 1.5 inches, so I took three inch wide sheets and folded them in half. I covered them with pigment inks, too. They are a little wild; I was going for the kaleidoscope effect. Each page was stamped using a different portion of the same PSX Heart Bouquet stamp that I used on the cover. I stamped either eight or twelve times through a wedge-shaped mask to get the kaleidoscope medallions to form. On the opposite pages, I jotted step by step notes on how to make these. I think each book had six or so very different looking medallions, demonstrating the versatility of one stamp.
I had hand cut all my tags on a 3 x 5" format, using a collection of papers that I had on hand. As I worked through making the pages for the tag books, I was struck with new ideas and how I could incorporate them. I tried to give a sample of different techniques and tried to keep to a complementary colour scheme. So, onward I went, adding cold laminate transfers, windows, a glass pebble, aged photos, a teeny tiny envelope with a message, tiny brads and just a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy the tag book as much as I enjoyed making them.
A Passion for Copper - Part VII
Parts I through VI are available in previous issues of byhand
The project below is stamped on cardstock which has been mounted on bookboard. The copper tape has been cut with decorative scissors and then used to frame the stamped piece. This project is really interesting as when you tilt it, the lettering shows up predominantly, instead of the dragonfly! Boy, copper is hard to scan! B
on the byhandartists
yahoo group, we began an envelope exchange. Previous exchanges that
I have been part of were initiated by calligraphy guilds. I was in a group
of twelve and each month I would decorated an envelope and send it to
a different person. Well, I'm not very good at this monthly stuff, so
I proposed that we do an all-at-once exchange. Here are some of our envelopes.
Stay tuned - more next month!
Note about these items I have for sale.
For your convenience,
you may visit the
you are using the byhand Products
order form, please make your cheques payable in Canadian or U$ funds
to Suzanne Cannon.
Waxed Linen Thread
4-ply Waxed Linen Thread
Prices: It is $0.50/yard
Cdn ($0.35/yard U.S. funds).
For those of you who have taken the Coptic Stitched Class, it takes two yards of thread to complete the book as we made it.
For those of you who have taken the Criss Cross Coptic, you will require five yards per book.
are weeny cute little guys. They are 1/8" eyelets. There are regular
and long neck eyelets. The long neck eyelets will go through a regular
thickness of bookboard.
(the long and short Copper are real copper and the long neck brass are real brass)
This is just the best little eyelet setter! It's
hard to mess up, in fact, since I began using this setter, I haven't messed
Subtle, but they make a statement!
These are washers for your 1/8" eyelets. What will they think of next???100/package
Anywhere punch with 6 bits This wonderful punch has 6 different bits allowing you to punch holes in the following sizes: 5/64, 3/32, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32 and 11/64 (or 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 mm) $14.00 Cnd ($9.50 US dollars)
They fit nicely on a bookboard of about 2.2mm thickness covered with decorative paper.
Collage Packs - 40 different collage paper treasures - colour-coordinated Japanese papers. There is one colour scheme on the front and a different one on the back. For invitations, name tags, collage, card-making, bookmarks, drawing, painting, poetry, rubber-stamping, photo mats, calligraphy, place cards, book covers, gift wrapping. . . Assorted colours
$9.50 US dollars per pack
Book Boards - precut 9" x 6", perfect for Coptic Bound, Criss-Cross Coptic and Pipe Organ Bindings.
Give yourself a break! $1.50 Cdn per pair
$1.00 USD(there is an additional $0.50/pair charge for shipping this item)
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is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of
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will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.
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