Re: [bookartsconnection] Our Sources & Resources/Tips & Secrets book...
- OK. A few more things that i thought were not good enough to send you.
Scour thrift shops and auctions. I have found really neat old cotton crochet
yarn, ribbons, needle cases, and sawing doodas that look great in books.
I have found nice paper in stationary section of "Tuesday Morning" discount
shops for excellent price. You got to keep checking though. Sometimes they
I have found hand held drill to be a lot easier on my hands than hole
punchers. Small pressure clamps hold the pages together better than c clamps
of bull clips. You can get the clamps at Home Depot.
"Color on Paper and Fabric" by Ruth Issett (Hand Book Press, Madison,
Wisconsin) has lots of interesting techniques and ideas.
"Handmade Books and Cards, by Jean G. Kropper (Davis Publications,
Worcester, Mass.) has some interesting formats.
Catalogues of luxury items have provided lots of interesting bits and images
I keep a skethc/note/diary book by the TV and another by my chair at work.
When ideas strike, I jot them down. Lots more effective than thinking I will
remeber later. (Never happens!!!)
From: Pat Baldwin <patbooks@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:44 PM
Subject: [bookartsconnection] Our Sources & Resources/Tips & Secrets book...
>Here's what I have so far. Obviously, we'll need LOTS more for a
>finished text. Get your thinking caps on, and dig down into your
>sources and secrets! Email them to me during December. I'd like to
>start printing the book in the middle of January or so.
>SOURCES AND RESOURCES
>Califia Books - 20 Hawthorne St., San Francisco CA 94105 (415)
> Fine press and artists' books, broadsides and resource books.
>Dover Books -
>Chaucers Bookstore - Loretto Plaza (Las Positas and State Sts.)
> The finest collection of books on paper, bookbinding, cards, origami -
>you name it. The children's section has all kinds of crazy book
>things. Good cards, journals and Dover paperbacks.
>McManus Morgan - 7th St across from McArthur Park in Los Angeles.
> The oldest, most venerable paper supplier in Los Angeles. Shop hasn't
>changed in 50 years. They have an extraordinary selection and know
>all about the properties of the papers they sell.
>Hiromi Japanese Papers - Bergamont Station, 26th Ave, Santa Monica.
>Beautiful store, beautiful papers and prices that allow you to
>appreciate the labor that made them. Website:
>Violet's (in Ventura)
>Art from Scrap - Cota and Garden Sts. This is a treasure trove of
>cheap, fun, good stuff. Always a surprise and a delight to shop there
>and kind to your conscience too.
>Betty's Fabrics - State at the Paseo Nuevo. Fabulous buttons, fabrics,
>notions. Another oldie but goodie.
>Dharma Trading Co - P.O. Box 150916, San Rafael CA 94915 (800) 542-5227
> The most extensive selection of dyes and things to dye on in the West.
>Silk painting, batik, fabric painting and other colorful fiber arts
>are created with their supplies. The selection of white clothing in
>silk and cotton to decorate is huge. Nice people to work with.
>Hide & Leather House - 870 W. Cienega Ave. #7, San Dimas CA 91773
>(866)527-3332 hideleath@... ALSO - The Hide House - 595
>Monroe St. Napa CA 94559 (707)255-6160
>hideinfo@... - Leather suppliers
>Art Essentials - Victoria and Anapamu. We are lucky to have such a
>good art store here in Santa Barbara. Sam and Carey, the owners, are
>really nice guys and always helpful. The 20% discount you can have
>just by asking for it, makes their prices competative with larger
>stores and cheap mail order places. I always start with Art Essentials
>and only go elsewhere if the saving is really worth the hassle.
>Light Impressions - P.O. Box 787 Brea CA 92822 (800) 828-6216
> A mail order source for archival supplies including mat board, papers,
>UV filtering glass, boxes, photo and slide storage systems, glues and
>tapes and other useful book and box making supplies. They also carry
>an extensive collection of photo albums and scrap books and the
>sleeves of various sizes to fill them. Shipping is fast and efficent.
>I've been a customer for more than 20 years and have liked how well
>their goods are made.
>Daniel Smith - (800) 426-6740 www.danielsmith.com
> Great catalogue, full of clear, useful, accurate information. Not the
>cheapest, but always good quality. They ship promptly.
>Paper, Ink - Loretto Plaza (State and Las Positas Sts.)
> A great selection of laser and ink jet friendly papers with matching
>envelopes. Some mouth watering papers from Italy, Japan, England and
>elsewhere. Sealing wax, stickers and ribbons, calligraphy pens. Always
>something to crave.
>Dolphin Papers - 1043 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis IN 46203
> Imported and domestic papers of all kinds. Good prices.
>TALAS - 568 Broadway, New York NY 10012 (212) 219-0770
> Supplies, tools, papers and leather for book artists.
>NASCO Arts and Crafts - 4825 Stoddard Rd., Modesto CA 95356-9318
>(800) 558-9895 www.nascofa.com
> Art supplies and materials.
>Dick Blick Art Materials - P.O. Box 1267, Galesburg IL 61402-1267
>(800) 447-8192 www.dickblick.com
> Art supplies and materials.
>FLAX Art and Design - 240 Valley Dr., Brisbane CA 94005-1206 (800)
> Art supplies, gifts and papers.
>Photographers Formulary - P.O. Box 950, Condon MT 59826 (800) 922-5255
> Cyanotype print chemicals. Supplies for alternative printing processes.
>East West DyeCom.Inc - 2210 East Gate Ave. NE, Roanoke VA 24012 (703)
> Anodized Aluminum. Variety of colors and shapes.
>"Paper: Making, Decorating & Designing" by Berta Thackeray
>"Collage Techniques" by Gerald Brommer, Watson Guptill - Various
>ideas and techniques
>"Sculpture in Paper" by Nicholas Roukes, Davis Publications -
>"In Harmony with Nature - Painting the Spirit of Nature" by Maxine
>Masterfield, Watson Guptill - Various painterly techniques that apply
>to all arts.
>"Decorative Paper" by Diane Maurer-Mathison, BBD Illustrated Books -
>Techniques of surface design.
>TIPS & SECRETS
>The Glue-Off Center Drip Handy Dandy Wire
> Shape a wire to fit snugly around the edge (about 1/8" below the lip)
>of your glue container. Then bring the end of the wire across the
>center of this circle, wrap the ends tightly on the opposite side and
>snip the ends closely. When tipping off excell glue from your brush,
>always use the wire across the ednter of the glue pot. This allows the
>excess glue to drip directly into the glue in the container. By not
>using the edge of the glue pot to remove excess glue from your brush,
>you save a great deal of glue which otherwise would harden to the
>inside of your container.
>Olfa Rotary Cutters
> Available at fabric stores, craft stores, art supply stores. Wonderful
>hand saver when you have a lot of cutting to do. Best when cutting
>leather, fabric or handmade papers.
>Book Cover Materials
> Sterling silver, anodized aluminum, clay, fimo, wood, glass, plastic,
>bone, tin, rubber or copper. These materials may use cold fasteners,
>such as rivets, pop rivets, nuts and bolts, coiled copper, brass,
>aluminum, silver or gold wire or glue.
>Different Threads for Books
> Artificial sinew, mint or regular dental floss, thin rattail,
>glycerinized raffia, patterned shoe strings, very thin, soft leather
>strips or copper wire.
>To Preserve Newspaper Clippings
> Dissolve one Milk of Magnesia tablet in one quart of club soda. Let
>stand overnight. Soak the clipping in the mixture for one hour. Remove
>and pat dry. Gently flatten during air drying.
> To remove paint tube caps, use a nutcracker.
> When spray painting, cut off and save the fintertips from worn-out
>rubber gloves. Slip one of these onto your index finger to keep stray
>paint off your finger.
> Put a tad of vaseline on the threads of jar tops, especially for
>acrylic paints and glues.
>Neat and Available
> Use magnet bars to keep scissors, tweesers, pins, razor blades and
>other tools out and ready to use.
> Paper Edges
> To finish paper edges (1) cut with mat cutter for a sharp, crisp edge,
>(2) Pull up against a straight edge for a softer edge or (3) fold
>paper, wet the fold and pull carefully apart for the softest edge.
> For quick and archival storage, use ziplock bags. It's the same
>polypropelene as the more expensive archival sleeves and they come in
>all sizes, from snack size to 2 gallon size (great for organizing photos).
> Drawers are best. Things stay cleaner than on shelves and are easier to
>access than storing in plastic or cardboard boxes.
> My greatest tip is to just keep working. Do lots. When in doubt, make
>more. Quality comes from quantity because you learn all the subtleties
>of your medium and your own rhythms as you go. The greatest mistake is
>to think things have to be perfect before you can begin... ideas have
>to be formulated, tools sharp, weather obliging. PHOOEY! Good art can
>be made spontaneously with dull scissors in the rain. Just start. And
>keep going. The making will draw you in and quiet those doubting,
>critical voices in your head.
> As soon as you learn something pleasing, find someone to teach it to.
>The teaching cements the knowledge, and giving back feels good. As
>they say about procedures in Medical school: "Watch one, do one, teach
> A table top that is good is the rectangle/oval cutout form a kitchen
>counter top. You can go to a place that does kitchen remodels. You can
>even attach a handle to the edge of the rectangle/oval so you can take
>this wonderful counter top with you. I have found them free. Good for
>fimo, clay, marbling, paste paper etc.
>Photographing Your Art
> Wayne McCall will take professional photos of your work. He is worth
>his price. (805) 969-3153.
>281 Oak Road, Santa Barbara 93108
>Custom Cut Davey Board - Red Label available in 4 weights.
> .059"- $0.02 per sq. in.
> .074"- $0.025 per sq. in.
> .087"- $0.03 per sq. in.
> .098"- $0.035 per sq. in.
>Contact Joe, bookboard@... Include dimensions in inches
>(e.g. 8 3/4"x 7 5/8") and indicate which dimension is the spine
>length. Boards will be cut with grain parallel to the spine unless you
> indicate otherwise.
>Glues and Adhesives for Artists (special section)
>PVA - Polyvinylacetate bookbinding glue. It dries clear and remains
>flexible. It is also reversable with heat or moisture. It is available
>in quarts or gallons at Art Essentials. When put into squeezy bottles
>with fine tips, it can be used for cards, collages and repairs. It
>also brushes on well. Jade, Elvase and Lineco are all brands of PVA
>adhesive that are pH neutral. One special characteristic of Jade and
>Elvase is that they can be used to dry mount very thin papers or
>fabrics. The glue is applied to a surface, let dry, and then placed on
>the work. It is "heat set" in place using a medium hot iron and a
>cover sheet. To slow down the fast drying qualities of PVA, mix it
>50/50 with methylcellulose. PVA, once frozen, loses its adhesive
>qualities. Most suppliers will not ship it during the winter months.
>Glue sticks - Pritt -
>Potato and Almond paste used in Europe is my all time favorite. I have
>now found it in FLAX:
>1 800 343 3529, www.FLAXart.com. It is called Coccoina paste.
>Methylcellulose - This granular powder is made from plant fiber and is
>pH neutral. It dissolves very slowly in water and makes a thick or
>thin low tack, clear paste that is vermin-proof. It keeps indefinitely
>when made with distilled water. A very good paste for conservation
>mounting and as a base for paste papers. The beauty of this paste is
>that it dries absolutely clear, allowing you to use it on very thin,
>To mix methylcellulose, use one T. of powder to one cup of warm water.
>Whisk often to mix well. Let it stand overnight so the powder absorbs
>the water. Use thick or thin it with more water.
>Wheat Starch Paste - This water soluble paste is made by cooking wheat
>starch with water. It results in a strong, flexible paste. It is often
>used by conservators and when working with rice papers. It is good for
>mounting paper hinges when matting art work. It is not vermin-proof.
>Paste recipe: 6 parts water to 1 part flour or corn starch. Dilute
>flour in two parts cold water till smooth. Strain for the lumps (just
>in case) into a pot with the rest of the water. Stir to dissolve. Cook
>over medium heat until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly.
>Lower heat to simmer and cook 5 more minutes, stirring occassionanlly.
>Store in refrigerator. If you cover the paste with plastic or wax
>paper touching the paste before putting the lid on, it will not form a
>film. Corn starch gives a clearer paste.
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- There are 2 great stores in Seattle which I frequent when I'm there. I'll
get the info for us.
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- Good day all -
-- Would the person who posted the list of sources and resources please send it again. I must've missed it.
- Thanks for these books. I'd like to get the publishers in there too.
> A couple of books that I like:
> "Bookworks" by Sue Doggett
> "Making Journals by Hand" by Jason Thompson
- O.K. word is slowly leaking in. One seattle store is TURTLE PRESS on
Market Street in Ballard (a sub urb). I'm waiting for the actual address b
might call them to find outif you want it before. Turtle Press is the
and has really interesting collage stuff, very interesting pastes, decent
this isn't their strongest point. They also have little objects for collage
which I like.
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New York, NY 10036
"Making Journals By Hand"
Rockport Publishers Inc.
33 Commercial Street