March’s Saturday Special was an accordion style tunnel book using Alcohol Inks!
Natalie taught us different techniques to create art with Alcohol inks on Yupo and Dural-Lar. Each student got a chance to practice before creating their book. Each book was made up of 4 framed ink pieces done on Dura-Lar assembled as an accordion. The books can be enjoyed opened or closed. The entire class seemed to really enjoy creating their new books and learning the new art medium.
This month’s meeting was movie night, the Guild was treated to a showing of “Gold Beaters” where we learned the process of creating gold for use in art. Our Early Bird was led by Maggie Gillikin who talked about 23 carat gold gilding and gave examples of gilding with various member’s artwork. During our Meeting, before the movie, Laura herold reported on our spring exhibit at Carver Center with reception on May 1, the deadline for getting work to Laura is April 28.
Beth was our excellent instructor. Here, she shows one of the three ways the book can be opened and displayed. Student covered the equilateral triangle book covers with their decorative paper. We found out that 3-cornered covers are harder than 4-cornered book covers! Everyone did a great job covering their triangle books. Students had to fold a long strip of paper very carefully, for it to fit in the triangle covers. With proper folding technique, the book can be opened 3 different ways, which Beth was able to demonstrate for everyone!
Below are some pictures from the mini and some examples of the students’ work!
March’s General Meeting was a display of Oriental books, Art, and a Painting Demo with Maggie Gillikin. During the early bird, Maggie demonstrated gyotaku and showed Japanese Sendai dolls.
She demonstrated the strokes for writing Japanese, handouts and rice paper were provided for all to learn some Japanese writing. There was even a display of a Japanese fish kite!
February’s mini was a mini book class with Becky!
Each person made a stitched booklet, with gorgeous end papers & covers. The books were hand-stitched together with linen thread. Each person also learned how to make a lovely envelope, to hold the book.
Becky rotated throughout the room, to give help where needed. Each booklet has several blank pages, for each person to add calligraphy and/or art later.
We had some visitors, who also seemed to enjoy making the book and envelope.
Here are some of the books and envelopes. Becky did a great job, leading us through the making of the book and envelope, step-by-step. She gave us wonderful handouts, so we can make more, on our own.