Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Little Black (Board) Book

I made my first board book (think children's board books) at yesterday's NorBAG meeting/workshop.  Presenting the workshop was Ellen Golla, book artist extraordinaire.  The papers I used to cover all the boards were paste painted by me a couple months ago.  There's a really cool drop hinge on the back part of the spine that allows the pages to lay flat when they're open, yet the cover is taut when the book is closed.

And when I arrived home, a care package of delectable ephemera was waiting for me, sent by a dear online friend from North Carolina.  She'd promised some foreign language book pages, which are in the stack at the bottom right.  I had no idea all the rest of these treasures would be included.  I'm especially happy to have that vintage photo album, which in fact is what I "should" be using in Mary Ann Moss's online altered book and journal class that I'm taking...but which are simply unavailable in the relative boonies where I live and not in my budget to purchase online.  Thank you so much, Meg!

I have a couple of books in process that I plan to work on today.  And I need to start thinking about the next Fiberactions quilt, to be revealed September 15.  I do have my fabrics selected but haven't yet spent any time designing the piece.  Will get to that sometime this week.

5 comments:

Meg in Nelson said...

Good on you, Meg in North Carolina!

Jeannie said...

What a wonderful friend! A bounty of resources to spur you on your journey. Your books are gorgeous. I really like the ones where you used bamboo in the spine. Great work, Connie.

susan christensen said...

Hi, Connie - yes, board book weekend for us! I am vicariously thrilled with the treasures from Meg.
Gotta start thinking Fiberactions piece myself. Happy new week to you, sus

Sandy said...

I love this. The black and white are so dramatic.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Thanks so much Connie! I'm glad you liked the workshop. Your book looks fantastic! I like the way the dark edges complement the black and white paste paintings too. I'm rather fond of that drop hinge spine, as you know. It's just so...satisfying...

What a fabulous package to come home to. I have a friend who's a collage artist and painter who occasionally, out of the blue, sends me boxes of... stuff. Ephemera, funny things... whatever struck her fancy at the moment. I think every artist needs a friend who sends fabulous care packages. And that looks like one nifty care package!