Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Case-bound Book Block Pt 2

This month we are making the case for our case-bound book, so you will need to bring along the book block that you made earlier in the year. If you don’t have one, there  will probably  be a spare, or you can simply take the covers off a remaindered or redundant book that you find in a charity shop and use that as a book block.  Alternatively  use a plain-leaved notebook with the covers off.  A wad of postit notes will work as well.

The easiest size to work with will be A6, or A5 if you prefer.
Please also bring:
  • cutting mat, knife, PVA glue and steel edged ruler. 
  • 2 pieces of A4 size greyboard, or any stiff, strong card such as mount board or the backing from A4 drawing pads.                                                                                              
  • Large piece of paper for your outer cover.                                                                      Large means that you can place an A5 book open on the paper and still have a margin around the edge, so larger than A4. This can be a sheet of good quality wrapping paper, hand-made paper such as Khadi paper, or something similar. Not too heavy a weight please as we shall have to fold it. Ideally, the grain on your paper should run the same way as the grain in your greyboard, but as this is a practice piece we won’t get too hung up about that! 
Any questions please email Marilyn, and we’ll see you at 10.30 in meeting room 2 at the central library on May 5th.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Moths and Calligraphy

Saturday April 7th saw a storm of moths descend on our meeting in preparation for the Frankenstein exhibition shortly to be held in the Central Library’s Hornby Room. Although some members found working on a book about the ills of the world challenging, others had enjoyed getting some pet hates down on paper. The result is a colourful and thoughtful display as seen below.

 Thanks to everyone for their contributions which ranged from books to display items. You’ll be able to visit the exhibition from May 2018.  Our very newest member, Antigoni, also contributed a book, a great effort for her first meeting.

After discussion about staging the Frankenstein exhibit we also discussed the Croxteth Park exhibition in August for which we will have a pre-exhibition visit,  date to be arranged soon.

The design and making of a visitor’s book was discussed for the 'Endeavour' exhibition (both led by Brenda) and the planned woodland visit with Frances, date to be finalised.

The second part of our meeting was run by Sue Maloney who led a design workshop on making a label for our  collaborative 'Journeys'  map book. The group has rarely been so quiet as we all enjoyed a peaceful colouring, sticking and glueing session!  Sue has the unenviable task of translating 20 different ideas into a calligraphic label. 

Some members expressed interest in Calligraphy, this is a skill set that requires several lessons before you can get started.  Here is a link to the 'North West Calligraphy Society' where they offer lessons for beginners.

Our book theme for the next two months is “fragments”, although as ever there is no requirement for you to make a book if this idea does not ignite your imagination.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Moths for Frankenstien

Just a jog to everyones elbow to remember to be working on your 'Moths' .  Deadline is April meeting.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Faux Leather

March Workshop

What a trooper Sue turned out to be turning up to run the workshop on Saturday inspite of spending a sleeplees night with her sister in hospital. She even managed to take some good photos of the event.


 Sue need not have felt so compelled to turn under the circumstances, as a group we are more than able to carry on by ourselves on the day.  There are some instructions for what to do if the workshop leader is unable to attend at the top of the Workshop Programme page.   ** Please would everyone read them

Below are two more images from Estella's solo exhibition.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Book Block Pt 1

Estelle kindly sent some photos of her exhibition pieces and the above link to the exhibition in Llandudno.

February meeting notes

We welcomed Mandy back to our meetings, and Chris for the first time. Congratulations to Estella who has a big exhibition on at the moment (books and prints) see link above.

A packed room started the process of making a cased in book. This month we made the book block, involving measuring, stitching and glueing and much concentration, but everyone completed the block ready for the next stage later in the year.

The link for linen tape is for Shepherds who have many bookbinding supplies, The scrim is a printmaker’s scrim and you can get it from Pegasus art (quite coarse) at Intaglio ( also have it, and may call it tarlatan.

Much discussion about our exhibit for Liverpool. We agreed the basis of the display, and everyone is making 'moth' books focussing on the ills of the world, ancient or modern. Jane has been given the task of making a book about 'hope'. We have to submit the completed piece early in April, so please bring completed moth books to the April meeting, along with any props you think might help. Chris suggested using the wire hangers used for card display-if anyone has any if these please bring them along.

Brenda is leading our contribution to the Embroiderer’s Guild Endeavour exhibition in September. She will make a visitor’s book, for which we are welcome to contribute drawings, sketches or paintings inspired by Cook ( the expedition or the flora.) These will be attached to the book. A timeline in scroll form is also planned, and again we are welcome to contribute as above.

The March meeting is a change from the circulated programme. Instead of trying out gelli plate printing, we’ll be texturising kraft paper and tissue paper to make leather look-alikes for book covers. Sue and Frances will be leading the session.

Check Workshop page for instructions on how to make 'Weathered Tissue'

For a great set of Youtube videos on how to make your own Gelli plate and how to use them check this link......