Storing scrolls in ancient Rome from A History of Reading by Canadian author Alberto Manguel.
October 2001 - Issue 6
If you're like me, the events of the last month have left you unsettled and it's difficult to create. I encourage you to use your creativity to help sort out your feelings. Try making a collage of images from newspapers and magazines and the mere act of cutting and pasting is sure to get you moving again.
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Since everyone's minds were on other things last month, I have decided to extend the deadline for the raffle to
If you are new to this newletter, you should check
back to last month's issue of byhand
for more information. I am having a draw for a hand bound book. All you
have to do is to send me a postcard - it may
be hand decorated - or not. If you haven't already sent in your postcard
- what's your excuse!!!???
Next month I will share all the postcards that I receive, but I especially wanted to share this one that arrived just the other day. Marian cut up a photograph and collaged onto oriental lace paper, entitling her postcard New York Aftermath 2001, and wrote: "Thank you for the framework you unexpectedly provided for my grief."
Now, please don't feel that you have to use the recent tragedy as a focus for your artwork. I just thought this was very creative and timely.
This is a scan of a page which I have sent to an American
artist who is compiling an anthology of journal pages and artwork reflecting
the life-altering events which occurred on September 11, 2001.
I'd like to share a poem that was sent to me by Mary Eaglesham. She
tells me she wrote this a very long time ago...
Radio Alarm in Damascus
out of the sudden
Last month I mentioned that the Rainforest piece was done with Walnut Ink and I've had some readers ask questions about it. Walnut ink is not made from walnuts, but rather is derived from peat. It comes as small granules which dissolve easily in water (distilled water is recommended), but must be made up about half an hour before it is used. It has great flow characteristics and is lightfast. The colour is lovely on its own, but I sometimes like adding a little bit of red watercolour to warm the walnut colour up. I mix it in a very concentrated form and store it in a airtight container, then I can take a bit and dilute to the concentration that I will be working with. Walnut ink can also be purchased as a ready made solution.
Walnut ink is available from Paper & Ink Arts and varies in price depending on how much you buy. The smallest amount from them is U$2.35 for one ounce... but I *know* you'll need more! Also, John Neal, Bookseller carries the liquid Walnut Ink (as well as a lot of other great stuff!). You'll be totally distracted once you check out both these websites and find lots of other fun stuff!
My fall schedule is up on my website on the calendar page. But here is the quick version:
Oct. 13 Burnaby, BC
Creative Bookbinding - there is still lots of room in this class... I
think people's minds have been elsewhere lately....
Oct. 20 Courtenay, BC Introduction to Calligraphy
Oct 3 - Nov 7 Port Alberni, BC Beginning Calligraphy
Oct. 27 Port Alberni, BC Instant Letters - Add Fun and Stir!
Nov. 24 Burnaby, BC
Book. Click on the name to read the class description.
This is a new class. To see a sample of this book check out the raffle
book in the last newsletter.
Nov. 25 Vancouver, BC Charmers. Private Class
Bone folders will be available for purchase at class.
If you need more information, please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
When I come to Vancouver I have traditionally taught in Burnaby on the Saturdays, and at Paper-Ya on the Sundays. As Paper-Ya is no longer offering classes, I am now available in the Vancouver area on Sundays and currently working with some keen souls setting up private group classes. If you have any requests, let me know.
Work of Heart Craft Fair
For the past several years, I have been a participant
in this craft fair, here in the Alberni Valley. It is a wonderful "home"
show, that combines the talents of some very creative artists. The ladies
go to great trouble to insure the atmosphere is perfect and a feast for
the eyes. I challenge you to walk away without buying something! (What?
Am I crazy, that's not a challenge I should be proposing!!!)
On a lighter note,
This piece is an adaptation of a similar
piece about your "Writer-Self" which is in The Writer's Book of Days by
Judy Reeves.....so, I'm taking it a step further:
I started doing a lot of lettering, I got tired of switching my different
nibs into my few holders. It didn't take long till I had as many holders
as I had sizes of nibs. Later, I got tired of scratching through the pile
to find the right size nib... One day I pulled out a chunk of 2 x 4 lumber
and cut off a 12" piece. Then I drilled holes in one side of the
2x4, one hole for each size nib and holder. The nibs are arranged in descending
size. I really like this system!
I have put together some sewing cradles for sale as some of you have been asking for them. They are not things of great beauty, but really, really handy for when you have a lot of holes to pierce. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $20Cdn (or $20US to the States) shipping included. Email me if you can't live without one! I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter,
let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue
is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of
byhand, just have them email me and I
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.
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