MCBA Visual Journal Collective Journal Zine Swap Supplies Reminder for Monday, March 21

March 17, 2011

Please see the full post for details on supplies to bring.

On Monday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will have its Journal Zine Swap for the 25 people who signed up. We will also be making a case for the zine collection and then have an open discussion of other collaborative projects.

Even if you weren't signed up for the swap you are welcome to attend and make a case for something of your own (a book for example, journal cards, whatever, using paper and materials you bring—see below). And of course we want you there to learn about and sign up for new collaborative projects. Don't miss it.

While there is no cost for the meeting you will need to bring supplies to make a case. Please read the following carefully.

Zine Swap Participants Need to Bring the Following
• 25 copies of their COMPLETED Zine: already folded, sewn, cut, etc.

• A piece of cardstock or other paper as described under "Paper Choices for the Case," that is 16 inches wide x 9 1/2 inches tall. The grain should be parallel with the height (9 1/2 inch side).

• An X-acto cutter with fresh blade

• A metal yardstick or ruler (yardstick is preferred)

• A metal triangle (if you have one)

• A white pencil if you are working with a dark colored paper


People Who Want to Make a Case but Were Not in the Swap Need to Bring the Following Paper and Tools
• Your item of choice (journal cards, bound book, etc.)

• A piece of cardstock or other paper as described under "Paper Choices for the Case," that is the following size.

WIDTH = (3 x item width) + (2 x item thickness, e.g., if it's a book you want 2 x the spine width) + 1 inch cutting waste
HEIGHT = Height of object (e.g., if a book then it's the spine height) + (2 x item thickness)

For example, you want to make a packet case for some journal cards that are 6 x 4 inches (w x h). And you have a stack of cards that is one inch thick. (That will be your "spine.")

Width = (3 x 6) + (2 x 1) + (1) = 21 inches
Height = 4 + (2 x 1) + (1) = 7 inches
Bring a piece of suitable cardstock that is 21 inches wide x 7 inches tall.

The grain should be going in the same direction as the height.

There are limited studio supplies at MCBA and swap participants will be given preference. If you wish to work with us please bring your own items as follows:

• An X-acto cutter with fresh blade
• A large cutting mat 18 x 20 inches or so
• Bone folder
• A metal yardstick
• A triangle (metal or plastic, metal recommended but plastic is workable)
• A white pencil if you are working with a dark colored paper


Paper Choices for the Case
Everyone bringing paper to make a packet case needs to bring suitable paper. We will have PVA for gluing. Bring the piece of cardstock that suits your project as explained in the two sections above (either Swap Participant, or non-particpant who wants to make a case).

You want to select a cardstock or other heavy weight type of paper that is good for folding in both directions without severe cracking.

Possible choices include:

Murano, Canson Mi Tientes (I find that this cracks a bit folding against the grain), Fabriano Tiziano, Fabriano Ingres

Watercolor paper that you have pre-painted and dried before our meeting. (140 lb. is fine. If you use 90 lb. you need to tape it down when painting it because it will be too buckled to use for our purposes. Exception: Strathmore Aquarius II is an 80 lb. paper which you can pre-paint without taping down—it has synthetic fibers in it to stabilize the buckling.)

Heavy weight handmade paper is ideal as it won't have a grain direction and will fold well in either direction.

Decorative scrapbooking corrugated cardstock (you can sometimes find this in scrapbooking and paper stores). You will want the height to run parallel to the corrugations. When you fold your tabs you'll be folding against these and there will be cracking, but only the peak layer. I've made numerous journal cases with this material and it is sturdy even with rough usage.

Note: The case we are going to make has a flap with a slit closure. I will discuss other closure options though we won't have time or materials to act on them at the swap. 

Also, this flap case can be made with craft foam, craft felt sheets, watercolor canvas, regular painting canvas, and two pieces of fabric that have been laminated with sheets of heat bond of any brand so that you have a two-sided "fabric."

You can see examples of different closure options and materials for this type of case on my website.

There will not be time for me to help you adjust the instructions and measurements to these slightly odd materials. However, if you attend and make a paper case with us, you should leave with an understanding of how to proceed with these materials on your own. You will need to purchase fabric glues for such projects.

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