MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash

July 17, 2012

See the post for full details.

StepLively6217Left: one of the fake book covers I created for the raffle at this event. Bookboard, bookcloth, decorative paper and a brush pen and gouache painting on Claybord™.





MCBA is having a fundraiser: Unabashedly Bookish Bash, Saturday July 28, 2012; 7 to 10 p.m. See the link for complete details and ticket costs.

A couple months ago MCBA sent out old book covers and asked artists to alter them and donate them to their fundraiser.

I took the cover they sent me along with 5 other "covers" I built and created 6 fake book covers. If you read my blogs you know I love making fake book covers. 

Ever since I began designing real books I've also made fake book covers in my spare time. These covers blend the visual with written word in a way that pleases me, without a client, or an author to satisfy. Typically now I work digitally, like this fake cover I did of "Year of the French Bulldog."

But because I was given an actual back cover of a book I thought it would be fun to make physical book covers like I did years ago before the computer made working digitally so simple. Going "physical" also allowed me to go dimensional with the addition of thicker collage elements as well as paintings on Claybord™. For some covers I used archival prints of my sketches and in other instances, like the one shown here, included actual paintings. For some covers I relied on the computer to set type and on others I resorted to rubberstamps.

I encourage you to attend the fundraiser, support MCBA, and pick up a little whimsy from me or one of the many other book artists who have donated their work for this goal. It's sure to be an art-filled evening celebrating the book and MCBA!

In other news: I will be offering an on-line class about working with these techniques sometime in 2013—as soon as I can work out how best to offer an online class, so keep checking in for details. I realized while doing the paintings and construction of these covers that because of drying times it would be too cumbersome to schedule this for a multi-part class. An on-line class seems the perfect way to include instructions, photos, and videos. If you already teach online classes and have any suggestions about set up I'd love to hear from you. Currently I've been looking at Ning as a site to build on.  

  1. Reply

    Cool, book covers. Once you get the online setup going, would you be contemplating doing bookbinding classes online? I’d be the first to sign up!

    • Frank Bettendorf
    • July 17, 2012

    I was reading about Clayboard recently and it sounds like an interesting surface. What’s your take?
    Frank B

  2. Reply

    Margo, Eventually I’ll do a bunch of stuff on line. It will be based on what I really want to document and how successful I think teaching the thing on line will be. So a lot of binding will lend itself to that I think. Though there are some things about binding that I don’t think will.

    Making the paper tearing video helped me see that I could do somethings even better on video than in person. So while I’m not there to help the person, they get a better view of what I’m doing than they might in class, until of course I come over to work with them individually—no way around that. When I grab someone’s hand and tear with them they usually get it immediately.

    There are a lot of things that I like to do and have taught in the past which I have really had to sit down and struggle with pacing for the class—how to present things in multi-session classes so that drying time for instance is done outside of class, or as in my beaded spine classes, so that the actual repetitive beading which takes hours is done outside of class, after in-class demos and shorter exercises to learn a technique.

    So much planning. I think that teaching on line would make that aspect so much easier!

    But then I do enjoy the challenge of the other.

  3. Reply

    Frank, I LOVE CLAYBORD™. It’s in my blood. I loved it the moment it came out. (And a very ancient piece of mine is even included in the inventor’s book on Claybord™—though it is not a good print.)

    I don’t write about it much because it isn’t a “journaling” thing and I haven’t done a bunch of paintings for a show for a couple of years (though I hope to get back to that soon).

    I was a scratchboard artist for a decades and so when smooth CB came out I was on it like flies on a corpse in the hot sun. (I couldn’t resist. It’s late, and I haven’t had my lunch!)

    I use CB smooth for all my scratchboard work (though I don’t do much of it currently). I use CB Textured which I think is now renamed AquaBord™ for my wet media: watercolor, gouache, and acrylic.

    It is a heavenly surface for working on with any of those paints.

    I have all these small shapes of CB because I even make jewelry using these small pieces. (Though I haven’t made a lot of jewelry since the conk on the head as I’ve been saving my time and my hands for binding and painting.)

    If you want to paint on CB I recommend you get the AquaBord to start with. You can paint on the smooth, but it’s a little trickier and less like painting on paper for most people.
    Is on CB textured/aquabord and all the highlights were rubbed back out
    is a gouache on CB textured

    So is this:

    and this
    which also has some scratching. This looks a lot different in person because of the scratching and dimensional aspect.

    and this
    which also looks different in person because the background is actually all gold paint that catches the light in a more muted way that looks in certain lighting situations like the light on a lake late at night.

    Lucy is on this surface

    Here’s a piece on pastelbord
    I don’t typically work on it any more as I prefer the aquabord.

    I say go for it Frank. And have some fun!

    • Frank Bettendorf
    • July 19, 2012

    Thanks a million! Very impressive range of subjects and finished results. I’m anxious to give it a try and will report results. I just knew you’d be the right source!

  4. Reply

    I’m thrilled that you’ll be teaching online. I don’t teach online, but I’ve taken MANY online classes. And one of the ways that works really well is to run the class from a private blog. Both Kate Johnson and Laure Ferlita do their classes this way (as well as others I’m sure). All class members have access to the blog and can post to it.

  5. Reply

    Thanks Cheryl, for letting me know a way that you enjoy taking classes on line. I’ll look into this.

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