Pop-Ups Class Starts Next Week!

Leaf book sample for email and web (1 of 1)

I’m very excited to be planning for the Pop-Up Books Class that starts next Friday, September 12th at the Palo Alto Art Center. It is filling up, but has some spaces still available. The class is on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and runs for 10 weeks. You can sign up here. (If you have any problem signing up, please email me or leave me a comment.)

One of the challenges of pop-up books, other than the mechanics, is that many examples are “cute.” And while that in itself is not a bad thing, I know very few artists who appreciate their work being called cute.

At the same time, pop-ups add such an interesting and potentially interactive element, there must be a way to incorporate them into art for grown-ups, right?

When I’m designing the books I teach in class, I think of my students – what other kind of media do they work in? What subjects will be interesting to them? What can they actually use after class? I really like this structure because it is scalable and is useful for photographers, painters, illustrators – even ceramicists who want to photograph and display their work.

This is a sample, that I just finished for the class, which uses pop-up elements to create a gallery for my photos. What might have been mildly interesting photos of fall leaves on a flat surface, suddenly have more dynamic interest when mounted on pop-up elements.

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I’ve added even more visual interest by creating two different kind of pop-up galleries and by mounting some of the photos half-on and half-off the page.

Leaf book sample for email and web (2 of 2)

Right now my studio is littered with little paper samples, I look forward to sharing more of them with you soon.

If you have any questions about the class, please ask. Looking forward to seeing you in class next Friday!




Waxed Linen Sale at Volcano Arts



Just a quick note to tell you that the Waxed Linen Sale is on at Volcano Arts. It’s a great way to stock up on the colors you like for book binding – or to try new colors! (These are just a few sample colors, there are many more…)

I know several of my friends and students love this sale so I thought I’d share it on my blog.  It is the only time you can get the 2 and 3-ply in addition to the 4-ply. You do have to buy a minimum of 5 spools, so it’s a great time to put together an order with your artist friends.

It is a beautiful quality thread, I use it in my own binding. Here is a photo of a book I just finished called Birth/Control. It is a buttonhole stitch binding that uses the Country (Also called Bright) Red from Volcano Arts.

Birth Control

I have no relationship with them and do not benefit in any way, but I do love a sale!

Here is the special sale link.



Spirit Books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord – Prepublication Discount until August 15

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord Spirit Book[All images copyright Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord]

I’ve always been fascinated by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s Spirit Books. They are beautiful, ephemeral, mysterious and textural. Now she is offering a new book featuring images and her thoughts about their creation. I can’t wait to get the book and I’ve taken advantage of her pre-publication discount available on Etsy. I have no relationship to Susan, nor do I benefit in any way, I just think they’re so beautiful — I thought you might think so, too.

Pre-Order Here until August 15th, 2014


Have you seen any of these books in person? I’d love to hear your response in the comments.



Trees are Popping Up Everywhere In the Studio

I’m getting ready to teach a new class at the Palo Alto Art Center, Book Arts: Pop-Up and Moveable Books 1. (Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Beginning September 12)

The first week I’ll be teaching slit and fold designs and we’ll make an accordion book with a tree motif. Here are some of the ideas I’m playing with in the studio…

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Encouraging Children to Make Books

Child's Handmade Book


[Copyright Keri-Anne Pink]

Just a quick post today to share a blog with a post about a handmade book, for a teacher, made by the author’s daughter, Elle. While you’re there, take a look around her site. Keri-Anne Pink is a photographer who has taken time off to raise her daughters. Her images are lovely.

A Handmade Book for her Teacher

Encouraging the children in your life to make books stimulates creativity, language development and much more. Have you made a book with  a child lately? Please feel free to share your stories and images in the comments.

Some previous posts that may interest you:

My First Book

The Power of Art with Children

Art with Children – And an Alphabeastiary




A Teaser for an Upcoming Class: Pop-Up Books

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Yes, Shelley, this one’s for you!  A 10 week class all about making pop-up, moveable and otherwise interactive elements for your art:

We’re moving the Book Arts classes at the Palo Alto Art Center to a new day and time, now at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings. For my students who travel from the south and north bays this will help you avoid that awful afternoon traffic!

Here are the details:

Pop-Up and Moveable Books 1

  • Fridays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • September 12 – November 14 (10 Weeks)
  • Palo Alto Art Center

Learn cutting and folding (paper engineering) techniques to transform flat sheets of paper into 3-D objects that pop-up off the page! We’ll learn fold, wheel and pull-tab variations to create visual interest. We’ll use pre-printed imagery, collage, and illustration techniques for content; and learn how to create books with one or several moveable inclusions.

Materials List Students: Cutting mat (at least 12 x 18), scissors (new with sharp blades), craft knife such as X-acto with additional blades, bone folder, pencil, ruler, PVA glue, and double-sided tape. Optional: quilt rulers, triangle, small detail scissors, decorative papers, and photos.

Materials Provided: Paper, binder’s board, decorative papers, pre-printed patterns and content, handouts with step-by-step directions for each technique learned.

Cost for Materials Provided: $30

I’ll let you know when enrollment opens up! Look for more sample pics to tempt you.








In Response to Hobby Lobby: A Flutter Book for You to Make and Share

This flutter book is my response to the recent Supreme Court decision on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. It is dedicated to my father who taught me to have my own opinions, despite the fact they are often different from his. And to Karen K. who inspires me to be myself.

Hobby Lobby Book no lines

To make this book, download the PDF.

Ginger Burrell Private Decisions (Hobby Lobby) Book

Please feel free to copy, print and make as many of them as you’d like. You’ll find the directions, below, and also printed on the book (the margin you cut off).

Do you have a different opinion about the ruling? I encourage you to make your own books. Art is a marvelous format for stimulating conversation and discussion about difficult topics.

Use your power as an artist (and as a consumer) to have your voice heard.

To assemble your book, first print on the highest print quality that your printer will produce. If you’d like a paper that feels velvety and more special than plain copy paper, try Hammermill Color Copy. (Trust me, you’ll fall in love with this silky paper.) Be careful when you print – my print dialogue kept defaulting to “fit to page” which changes the dimensions and will make your book turn out catty-wampus. It is designed to have the rose photos and haiku centered on each page.

After printing your page, fold the paper in half  (with the images on the outside). Use a bone folder to make the crease sharp.

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With your paper still folded, fold each end into the middle fold.  Remember to crease every fold. Unfold.

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Now fold your paper in half lengthwise and unfold. Again, crease carefully.

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With your paper still folded in half lengthwise, cut your paper 3″ from the fold.

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Re-fold your paper in half, with the images on the outside, and cut with scissors, very carefully, from the top of the fold, down to the horizontal fold.

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Keeping your book folded, use the outer two folded halves and push inward. The cut halves will fold the other way, so you have an X. Lay flat and press, starting with the back page. Voila!

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Your comments on what you think of the book, what you will do with it and/or the response you get, are appreciated.