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Thursday, February 16, 2017

French Horn Play

A young friend of mine plays the French horn, and her mom sent me a recent photo of her performing in a school concert... which in turn, triggered an artistic itch in me.

Now fortunately, I didn't set out to create a realistic rendering, 'cause if I had.... well, I'd be somewhat disappointed with my results.

However, my friend The Horn Player and her mom are fine with the image, and gave the OK for me to share it with you.

As always, I leave myself a lot of room for improvement.

I used Strathmore 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper with Derwent Inktense  pencils and a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen on the horn.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Japanese Stab Binding

There's a new Book Club in town, and it's not the reading kind.  Rather, it's the making kind.

Headed by Margaret, owner of  Small Studio , I joined other like-minded people yesterday, all set and ready to measure, cut, stab and stitch a bunch of papers together into...... pretty, little books.

Oh.  Did your heart skip a beat upon reading the word 'stab'?  No worries.  The stab in this case is a type of book binding called Japanese stab binding.

(Books bound by the method of Japanese stab binding, also known as Traditional Chinese bookbinding, typically have soft covers, reserving hard covers for Very Important Books.  But hey! In current times, a VIB could be a treasured cookbook or photo album or.... in other words, what ever has relevant meaning to you.)

Margaret demonstrated the process of stabbing a needle awl through paper covers and several inside sheets of paper, and then a stitch pattern to bring it all together.

Below are a couple of my books and two different stitch patterns.  (A multitude of patterns can be found on the internet.)

Any kind of paper can be used, and for this class, plain copy paper with some inexpensive decorative papers were used.  (A book can be made as cheaply or costly as one's tastes. Once I improve, I want to use handmade papers to make a VIB without the hardcovers.)

Margaret plans on having a class once a month, but first she needs to complete the move of her shop from Westlake to North Olmsted.  I'm already anxious for the next meeting to see which style of book she'll choose for us to make, 'cause having made over 1,000 books, she's pretty adept at the craft - and well, she's makes pretty cool books.

Yesterday's event was so inspiring and motivating, that last night, I couldn't resist the urge to text Margaret to let her know how much I enjoyed myself!