February 7, 2018

Grab some color on Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, at 1 pm at the Stillwater Center for the Arts.  All are welcome!  Our next meeting will be spent making monoprints and taking time out from that to learn 3 miniature valentine books.

For the books you’ll need to bring:

  • Glue stick or paste
  • Scissors (or craft knife and cutting mat)
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (1 piece)
  • Washi tape to coordinate with paper
  • Decorations & embellishments

Betty will teach the books and supply colored pencils and the rest of the material for the books.  Thank you, Betty!  If you don’t have the supplies, there will be extra on hand for you to use.

For the Gelli printing bring:  Your Gelli plate, acrylic paints, papers, stencils and other impression makers.  And if you don’t have what you need, we’ll share.

Also bring:  Your book from the January meeting if you have made progress on and are ready to show it off.

Learn 3 quick mini books in February.

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Inked

Our January meeting was free-flowing on many levels, and not just with the ink.  Renee set up a well organized feast to feed our creative souls.  Thanks, Renee!  It was great fun. In addition to providing black ink and watered-down ink, you’ll notice in the photos below the rich brown of the walnut ink she made for us!   And she brought a colorful array of inks to use once our books were made.  From the huge sheet of paper, inked on both sides, we folded, made some cuts, folded some more and ended up with a very long accordion book from a continuous strip, no glue required.

Also, Betty showed and shared her bottle of J. Herbin ink, which you can find at jetpens.com, a site that several of our group recommend highly.  Words cannot express how beautiful this ink is, even down to the packaging.  Thanks, Betty.

Works in progress. Each of us filled both sides of our sheets with abstract marks.

Inklings: A very long accordion book made from one of the inked sheets.

Renee’s supplies and tools for this project were creatively colorful and colorfully creative. The books are in the process of being added to. Hoping to see some of the finished books at the February meeting.

 

Make Your Mark

On Wed., January 3, 2018, at 1 pm, the Oklahoma Book Arts Group will meet at the Stillwater Center for the Arts (SCA) to make our marks.  Using very large paper and unconventional mark-making tools and inks, we’ll create random, abstract designs on the paper and finish the project by turning the paper into an accordion-style book.  Scroll down for a photo and a list of materials you’ll need.

The Oklahoma Book Arts Group is free and open to the public.  We welcome you!  If you would like to join us, please leave a comment here.  Your comment will not be made public, and we will contact you via email with a supply list.  Or call SCA at 405-744-1535 for contact information.  Or just walk in!

Mark-making book project sample for Jan. 3, 2018, meeting.

Renee is teaching this project.  She will bring the large paper she ordered for us.  Please bring $4.35 per sheet .  You’ll also need your basic kit (click on the Basic Kit tab for a list).  If you have any inks (Sumi, India, calligraphy, etc.) bring those.  You’ll need a paintbrush extender, about 3 feet long, like a yardstick, bamboo or dowel rod.  If you have a roll of masking tape, bring it but don’t buy any.  Pack some assorted paintbrushes, your worst ones might make the best marks!  If you don’t have something, please don’t go buy it.  BAGgers love to share.  Renee will bring inks, masking tape and protective paper for the floor.

Next Meeting

On Wed., December 6, 2017, at 1 pm, the Book Arts Group will meet at the Stillwater Center for the Arts (SCA) to make Ornament Books.  These diminutive books come with a slipcase which can hold the book and a gift card.  Hang it on the Christmas tree with a gift card from the SCA gallery.  The Perfect Gift!

The Book Arts Group is free and open to the public.  We welcome you!  If you would like to join us, please leave a comment here.  Your comment will not be made public, and we will contact you via email with a supply list.  Or call SCA at 405-744-1535 for contact information.  Or just walk in!

Ornament Book with Slipcase, 2017

The Big Flap

Thanks to the wonderful staff at the OSU Museum of Art, we made a big flap–actually, lots of big flaps.  We were joined by staff and visitors as Jacqui led us through the process of creating flap books.  Thanks to Carrie, Casey, the student assistants, Jacqui, Sandy and everyone who brought supplies and tools to add to the array that was prepared for us by the Museum folks!

A beautiful array of supplies and tools at the OSU Art Museum’s artLAB.

Sandy’s Flap Books

Sandy’s embellished flap book

Flap book basic structure

 

Next Meeting

Join us on Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, at 1 pm at the OSU Museum of Art for our next Oklahoma Book Arts Group meeting.  We’ll be making handmade books in the Museum’s artLAB and inviting the public to watch or make a book.  No bookmaking experience is necessary.

In December, we’ll return to our regular meeting place, the Stillwater Center for the Arts, at 1 pm on Dec. 6.  Our meetings are free and open to the public.  If you would like a supply list for an upcoming meeting, please leave a comment and we will contact you.  Your comment will not be made public.

Save the Date

New Day and New Time

Beginning October 4, 2017, the Book Arts Group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at the Stillwater Center for the Arts, 1001 S. Duck St., Stillwater, OK.

Are you interested in trying your hand at some of the mixed media projects you see on this site?  Please leave a comment (it won’t be posted publicly), and we will contact you via email with details for the upcoming project.  Occasionally we might meet at another location, so in addition to providing a supply list, we will confirm the date, time and location of the meeting, as well.

This web site isn’t updated as frequently as it should be, because we’re all too busy playing with mixed media.  Who wants to sit at a computer when you could be messing around with paint, glue, scissors, fibers, botanicals, inks, papers, and all sorts of found objects?  If you know what we’re getting at, then you belong with the Book Arts Group.

Gelli printed accordion books.