Monday, 23 September 2019

Slip covers for handmade books

Thank you everyone for a very enjoyable workshop.  I always get anxious beforehand but you all chip in and make it fun .....Fran

We discussed the Magellan Book Exhibition and caught up with date and plans for the Manchester Print  Fair at Hot Bed Press 1st December .
Some work was passed around showing examples of collograph printing using the Sissix Die Cutter and further developments in creating rust prints with the addition of rainwater.

It was discovered that the November meeting may be difficult for some to attend due to the closure of the railway line between Edge Hill and Limestreet over that weekend 1st and  2nd November.

Sue and Chris offered to run a much requested Gelli Plate event early in 2020.

We spent a leisurely morning making different sized slip cases using plain and patterned paper.


Now back home and jet lagged 75 days of travel and four journals, but lots of memories. Good to see you.

All the best


Erics Journals

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Collagraph taster workshop - September

It was good to gather together again at the start of the Autumn. We were timely reminded of two on- going projects;

Woods,(summer) and rust and eco- prints. Everyone seems to be very enthused about the eco dying and rust processes, with much experimentation going on. It seemed helpful when individuals shared their recipes with the group as everyone managed unique samples depending on how they approached it.  ( Maybe publish our collection )

We also looked at the books made for the theme of ‘cutting’. Other work was also shared, including a very delicate piece from Rose and a fascinating conundrum concertina from Jac.

Most of our meeting was made up of a short introduction by Estella to collographs (alt spelling collagraphs) which some members had plenty of experience in and some were novices. Estella gave us all some new ideas and the opportunity to make at least 2 prints.

We used the die cutting machines (details available below)  kindly brought along by long suffering members, and these had excellent results once we has worked out the right pressure. Although heavy they are very portable.

There is no news from HotBed press about the Manchester Book Fair, and we are still waiting on a response from Southport. CHET have put us on next year’s list as they are full for this year.

It was farewell again to Eric, our farthest flung member, who flies back to Australia at the end of the month. As ever, he manages to pick up some wonderful things at the Warrington car boot sale (we should all check this out!) Bon voyage and we’ll hope to see you next year Eric.

         Good to catch up with everyone on Saturday.   In the photo is the book I picked up at the boot sale and also a very old Crocodile skin Wallet that I have made into October’s journal. It was very dry so took a lot of restoration and a bit of stitching but now looks the part.
Until next time 

Frances has now sorted out how we can all post to the blog so we hope to see more of everyone’s work appearing soon.

Our next meeting we need to consider whether we wish to put together a group exhibit on the theme of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyages , most specifically including the Spice Islands (present day Indonesia). Individual members are of course welcome to put forward their own ideas separately from the group

Theme for November is “It’s the little things...that make me happy/sad/smile/laugh”

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Image Transfer

We had a fun time at our August meeting playing with image transfer, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and what might suit our own style.

We were also able to look at and try out some new papers, notably Kraft-Tex and Stone Paper.   Stone paper (literally made with crushed stone and a binder) can be used in much the same way as Yupo paper but us at present only available form a few suppliers. The best we can find so far is A Good Company, based in Sweden.
If you use this link,, and maybe mention Marilyn’s name, you will get a 15% discount.

This paper will work with alcohol inks and has a lively feel, very smooth. It’s also foldable and washable as is the Kraft-Tex paper, and cuts very well with no furry edges.

In terms of image transfer, we all agreed that using gel medium or white acrylic paint is the most straightforward process, alongside heavy duty sellotape transfer. More details are available on the blog.

Cath brought some work from a workshop given by Elizabeth Willow making books from screenprints at Hot Bed Press.

Marilyn reminded us it is time to think about 'summer' in our longterm woodland themed  series with a Flag Book using cyan printed images.

It was suggested that everyone over  the next few weeks try and produce several a5 eco rust prints  with a view to creating a  joint hanging installation. Do not panic instructions to follow.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Urgent request

If you could help at the Croxteth event on Sunday August 25th, Bank Holiday Sunday, taking the books and setting up, then being on the stall until Marilyn and Sue can get there (2pm latest), please let Marilyn know by  August 7th please. Many thanks.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Flag Books

This month we made flag books together. I always enjoy making them, partly because they have real movement built in, and partly because they enable us to use up those small bits of paper left over from other projects.

If you want to make one and weren’t able to join us this session, Alisa Golden has a basic instruction in her book “Making hand-made books, 100+bindings, structures and forms”. After you’ve made one according to instructions, you can mess about with sizes etc as long as you keep to the proportions.

We also saw some great books on the subject of Recycle and Renew, Jac’s being particularly admired, and look forward to seeing more of them as time goes on. The theme for the September meeting is “Cuttings”.

Please note that there will not be a Liverpool Book Arts Fair this year as Simon is having a well-deserved year off. Manchester may happen, but no definite details as.