MCBA Visual Journal Collective—May Meeting IMPORTANT REMINDER

May 13, 2012

See the post for complete details.

For our May 21, 2012 MCBA Visual Journal Collective meeting we'll be making a small book with some Strathmore paper.

I have completed the supplies list. I am putting it here because I hope that everyone attending will see it. You can also view it on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective Page that can be found under Pages in the left column of this blog.

There are still a couple spots left if you would like to sign up. Please contact me immediately at

Thread and text paper will be provided.

Participants will need to bring the following:

•a piece of pre-cut decorative paper. Cut your cover paper so that it is 18 inches wide x 5-13/16 inches tall [with the grain] if you don't want flaps at the fore edge front and back. If you want flaps at the fore edge front and back you need a cover strip that is at least 27-1/2 inches wide and 5-13/16 inches tall [with the grain]; that means the grain of the paper should be running parallel to the 5-13/16 inch height of your strip. (See below tools list for cover paper recommendations.)

•a bone folder (we will have some on hand but if we get a large turn out…)

•a bookbinding needle (ditto that we have some on hand but…)

•a ruler and a pencil (ditto)

•an awl

•a scissor 

•a triangle (if you have one you might find this useful, but it's not essential)  

PLEASE ARRIVE FOR THE 7 p.m. meeting with your cover paper PRE-CUT! 

Cover Paper Recommendations:
You want a flexible cover stock such as Canson Mi Tientes. Since the grain runs long in CMT you'll only be able to use it if you don't care about having flaps (i.e., want an 18 inch strip).

90 lb. Watercolor paper that you've prepainted is a nice selection. Many watercolor sheets run with the grain long (30 inch side) which means you will only be able to get a 22 inch strip of width out of that sheet so that your grain is going with your 5-13/16 inch height. Before cutting your watercolor paper be sure that it isn't grain short. (See my page on Tearing Fabriano Watercolor Paper—the grain direction of which was changed. There is a diagram.)

You can use 140 lb. watercolor paper but it tends to be stiffer and a bit thick for the small booksize that we are making. I do not recommend Arches watercolor paper because it tends to crack when it is folded, even with the grain, and even at the 90 lb. weight.

Other types of papers you can look at are Bugra, Fabriano Ingres, Fabriano Tiziano, Canford Cardstock, Artagain. Wet Paint carries a line of large cover weight papers in the Windsong line (I think that's what it's called, they'll be able to tell you if you ask). 

You can also use Tyvek or fabric if you like.

If you use fabric I recommend that you use two pieces of lightweight cotton fused together with some sort of fusing product. Trim it to the size you desire (flaps or no flaps) and then finish the head and tail edges (the top and bottom when your strip is in landscape orientation) with a zigzag or satin stitch per your usual desires. The edges at the front and back fore edge of the book you can finish when you return home that night and know how wide you really want your covers to be. (You can't finish the head and tail edges once the book is constructed.)

Recommendation added 5.15.12: Before attending the meeting I suggest that you watch my video on Tearing Paper. My friend, Karen Engelbretson, when she heard how many people were going to be there, recommended this. I think it's an excellent idea. You'll still get to see me demonstrate in person on Monday, but you'll also already have a sense of what is going on.

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