Category Archives: craft

Workshop Handout: One-sheet Notebook

Workshop Handout: Two-sided One-sheet Notebook with Alternate Covers (layered PDF)

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Paper Doll: New Style of Land Shark or Dinosaur or Whatever

Paper Doll: New Style of Land Shark

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Paper Doll: Land Shark

Paper Doll: Land Shark (Test Version)

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Work in Progress: ‘Murmur’ Artist’s Book

Work that’s happening inside of and around and over and under other work. The whole stab-bound thing will have 30 folios (meaning 60 mess-covered pages), so there’s still a ways to go. But you’ll be able to print it out … Continue reading

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Animated ‘Jumble’

A 3″ x 3″ miniature book from 2011. Printed in 7 runs over the course of 3 weeks on a Vandercook SP15, this 4-folio, 16-page book is too small to contain all of the text it struggles to contain. Which … Continue reading

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Robot Postcard

I realize now I should try for a degree in sticker art next. Is there a MacArthur category for that? Gotta go check. Anyway, whatever works in my eternal quest to monetize scraps. Plus I guess I could make Halloween … Continue reading

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Book Cover: The Joy of Pamphlets

Extremely rough first sketch for the cover of my forthcoming craft guide, The Joy of Pamphlets. It’ll be 700 pages of everything you ever wanted to know about how to do 3-hole bindings for small booklets. Plus there’ll be a … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Sewing

Working with a punching cradle: use scrap card stock to soften the impact of the awl, line up your folios against the fence at the end of the cradle, punch straight down, make small holes. To sew a simple pamphlet, … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Pamphlet Prep

This is Part 1 of the next-to-last post in this mini-series about the “Intro to Bookbinding” class we had on July 27th. I’ll do a write-up about tools next and then it’s on to other long-delayed work for a while. … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Paper Prep

In most kinds of books, the grain direction of every element (binder’s board, book cloth, text paper, etc.) should be parallel to the spine. This post has some extra information in it for anyone who took my “Intro to Bookbinding” … Continue reading

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4th of July & Other Miscellany

The Penland 4th of July party, which we had instead of the usual parade because of unusual amounts of rain, was a blast. A blurry, mind-scrambling, went-by-too-quick blast. That I have only a few pictures of because I had my … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: The Tetra-Tetra-Flexagon

The plan for the front side of the sheet. A map of what’s on the back side. I’m not a math guy, so I don’t know if the topology of this thing is something special or if it just has … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: One Sheet Books

Note: The February, 2018 post “Workshop Handout: One-sheet Books / Mini Zines” features an updated printable version of this diagram. It appeals to my sense of the absurd that I spent the day making diagrams of one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Origami Books

There are way prettier pictures than this all over the Internet of various styles of origami books, but this is where I’m at right now with this stuff. I’m sticking to the less-decorated paper for the moment because I figure … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Boustrophedon Books

I think my Saturday workshop went all right. I think, at least, that everyone survived the origami book project, which I know was a challenge to do right off the bat, although I hope it was a fun one. I … Continue reading

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