June 2018    Surface treatments - Georgina showed us various ways to experiment with surface treatments of paper or fabric using ink, salt, bleach and gesso. She suggested various combinations and we had a glorious messy time trying things out.

Ink can be applied as a wash or using a pump spray (from Art Van Go). Inks can include Quink, dilute Brusho, drawing inks etc. Ink can be diluted for spray.

Gesso can be used wet or left to dry. Try applying through a stencil or a thermofax screen with an old store card.

Salt – large or small crystals – can be applied before or after ink is sprayed. Bleach can be dripped on, or applied more accurately with a needle nose bottle. Try also 3D paint, texture plates, Treasure Gold, wax crayons, or various papers.

Next we took our mess outside and tried shaving foam prints as suggested by Ann. This is a surprising process and we had many excellent results. There are various videos on YouTube showing how to do this – try www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkHbOo_NvH8&t=47s

Recommended books: Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Printmaking by David Barker pub Bloomsbury

Stitching the Textured Surface by Lynda Monk and Carol McFee pub d4daisy Books Ltd

May 2018    Sliding Mechanisms - Veronica led a workshop making two different sliding mechanisms. As these are usually found in pop-up books with sturdy pages, making free-standing versions which work is dependent on many things – the card, the design, measuring and cutting skills and dimensions. Everyone produced two interesting experimental pieces which would operate, and members were able to see the difficulties and add their own design ideas.

April 2018    Digital Day covering topics such as setting up templates, putting text into work, manipulating and enhancing photosand planning how to lay out your book. This included examples of how to consider typeface, colours, placement and even paper.

March 2018    Preparing and organising the display for the Frankenstein books.

Liverpool Book Arts has issued a second call for books on the Frankenstein theme. The exhibition will include new works when it moves to the Kirkby Gallery in Knowsley after leaving Liverpool. In addition, some of the works from the Liverpool exhibition will travel to Sarno in southern Italy in September, offering further opportunities for new works at Kirkby Gallery. The exhibition will then travel to the Bower Ashton Library at the University of West England in early 2019 (dates to be confirmed). Second Call for Liverpool  https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/frankenstein---second-call/2133 Submissions can be made via CuratorSpace - deadline is 6th May, fee is £10.  

February 2018    A wonderful day learning all about the possibilities of Envelope Books.

January 2018    New book structures and our new project and themes for 2018 - the work of William Heath Robinson and the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly


December 2017    The last meeting of the year was our AGM followed by a delicious shared lunch and some Christmas book/card sharing.

November    We visited Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre (HARC), which coincided with the final week at the final venue of the "Reimaging the Laws of England and Wales" altered books exhibition.

October    Papier Mache for Book Arts. How to make our own paste, techniques for low relief and sculpture and inspiration. See https://www.pinterest.co.uk/heather2989/

September    Preparation for the Woodland Fair on Oct 7th. We also discussed products available (see our Tips, Tools, Techniques page).

August    Day out starting with a visit to Newtown Textile Museum. The Museum opened especially for us and gave a fascinating insight into the lives of the weavers in Newtown. The curator was very knowledgeable and informative. We were able to see the living conditions and the looms, dyeing, weaving, leatherwork and Crimea blankets. Then on to the Oriel Davies gallery to see an exhibition called Twelve Tall Tales which included a Welsh space suit and red medieval shoes with poulaine! Finally, we visited the Mid Wales Arts Centre and Cathy Knapp showed us around the art work and sculpture and explained the projects under development. We rounded off the day with a delicious high tea in the house, surrounded by an inspiring exhibition including work by two members of Marches Book Arts Group.

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