A Little Bit Irish

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and, in North America at least, pretty much everyone is a little bit Irish today. Since I am still not talking about my current project, here’s a DIY St. Patrick’s Day card you can make.

Start by printing out the Shamrock card pdf on card stock. It will print on either A4 or 8.5 x 11″ quite happily. If you are using A4 you might want to auto-rotate and centre the pdf. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Relationshapes

Today’s flick is an entertaining portrayal of a number of human interactions. Using simple shapes and a variety of styles, animator Nerdo portrays some basic aspects of relationships.



You might spend part of the weekend considering what simple geometric shape your head might be in different situations.

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Pi Day Bonus Flick: Calculating Pi with Real Pies

Just a little amusement in celebration of Pi Day.



Now go eat some pie.  ; ]

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

It may seem odd to start a (mostly) bookbinding blog post with an image of a vegetable peeler, but there is a reason.

Peter Verheyen recently wrote a post titled Bookbinding and Adapting to Life Changes in which he describes alterations he has made to both his work area and his work to accommodate changes in his physical abilities. I was going to write something in response last week, but that post headed off in a different direction, so I am only getting back to the topic now. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: TX83-Timothy C. Ely

I have been a fan of Timothy Ely’s artist’s books since I first discovered them more than a decade ago. Tonight’s flick provides the viewer with a close-up look at TX83. While one cannot appreciate the surfaces in quite the same way as one would in person, this video is a good second best.



You might want to spend a few minutes this weekend checking out Ely’s blog. I particularly enjoyed his posts on using sketchbooks —Rhizomes and Ink: Contemplations on a Sketchbook, Part 1; and Rhizomes, Carbon and Graphite: Contemplations on a Sketchbook, Part 2.

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A Little Bit About A Lot Of Things

I am currently working on two projects which I can’t show you as they are planned entries in a juried competition. In the unlikely event that one or other of the jurors should stumble across this blog, it would rather destroy the “anonymous” aspect of the jurying process.

I can show you a stack of English map pages that I have backed. I am about half way through backing pages I selected from an English road map book.

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Friday Night Flicks: Kaoru Akagawa and Moyu Zhang Fan

Today’s flicks feature two calligraphers, one working from the Japanese tradition, one from the Chinese. The first video features the work of Kaoru Akagawa, who creates images using calligraphy. I would suggest watching the video twice: once for the sub-titles and once for the images.



The second video shows Moyu Zhang Fan at work, using quite a different approach from that of Akagawa.



Perhaps you will have a chance to try your hand at some brush lettering this weekend.

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A Celebratory Paper Toy

Sometime last Sunday afternoon, this blog reached 100,000 views. While that may not be an impressive number to some, it was quite exciting for me. In celebration, I decided to give away one of the paper toys I designed last year. I chose this one because it once again seemed timely.

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Friday Night Flicks: The Master of Paper Props

If you are watching a movie in which someone is reading a newspaper, or handing a policeman their driver’s license, or receiving a telegram, or finding an old love letter in an even older book, there’s a good chance those bits of paper were created by Ross MacDonald. Tonight’s flick takes you inside his studio to see a bit of what he does.



In this so-called digital age, you might want to take a moment this weekend to think about all the bits of paper that still surround us every day.

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New Acquisitions

I purchased some new tools recently. The first is an Alpha Lettering Set. I bought it second-hand from a friend who thinks I paid her too much for it. Once you factor in exchange rates and shipping costs for one ordered on-line, I don’t think I did.

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