Saturday, October 9, 2010

One Page Becomes Many

After a stormy night chased us all (except for one) from our September meeting at The Baird we met the following Thursday. We got up to speed with all the calendar changes, upcoming workshops, "stitch-it-ups" on the horizon, and plans for the 2011 "Booked" show. And then we exchanged the pages for the 2010 Collaborative project, "LUNAR - it's a Paper Moon!" This is only the third time I've participated, but once again I am amazed by the talent, creativity and care that participants put in to their pages. After focusing on my own pages for so long, and creating a twenty plus edition, suddenly in the span of minutes, an idea is transformed into a book (or will be soon) with variety and the personality of all the participants.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Great Listening Material ( Lynn Starun)

I stumbled onto a website of podcasts of interviews with book artists and papermakers by Steve Miller.  It's an impressive list including Hedi Kyle, Barbara Mauriello, Emily Martin and many others that you may not be familiar with.  Steve Miller is a book arts person from early on and runs a book arts program at the University of Alabama.  He knows and admires the people he interviews which makes for good interviewing.   You feel like you are sitting with them on a  porch in the Maine woods  with the birds singing or in a room near where workshops are going on at events like the Paper & Book Intensives.   I had a LOT of letterpress printing to do and this really passed the time.  You can download free podcasts or just listen right from the website.  I had never taken a podcast and put it on my iPod before but it was easy.   Here's the link:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Learning about transfer paper

Since I was sitting at home today for about the eighth straight day with laryngitis (it's no fun to go out into the world and not be able to communicate with people beyond a whisper and hand signs) I decided to check out the live web tv link that Karen sent out in an email to BAR members. It linked me into facebook, which was no problem because I'm already signed up there. Then, for just over an hour, I got to watch in real time, a series of crafters talking about some of their techniques. The last one, Lesley Riley, was the one that Karen was highlighting for our group. Lesley Riley has a transfer paper out called TAP (Transfer Artist Paper). During her share of the show she demonstrated the relatively easy techniques involved in printing on the paper via your inkjet printer (pigment or dye inks) and transferring the image on to cloth, paper, metal, plastic, etc. Of course I've ordered the paper and am looking forward to seeing how this works for adding text to my printed images for books.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Great Little Video

As you can see I'm trying to jump start this group blog thing. So, especially for the letterpress people, but for book people as well, here is a wonderful BBC video on Gutenberg which includes some craftsmen trying to replicate the Gutenberg press. Makes you want to go make a book!

Blogistry 101

The BAR blog address is simple: (Notice there is no "www" in there.)

Blogspot is the hosting place for free blogs. For example I have a blog of my own and it's the same format:

A blog is an interactive site in that you can leave comments and reactions. You can click on a reaction to the post if you want to. It's right under the post, and the choices are "funny", "interesting", or "cool". In that same area there's a picture of an envelope and if you click on that you can email the blog to a friend.

Look right below the post and you will see the word "comments" and a number showing how many there are so far. If you click on the word "comments" you will get to a page that consists of only that particular post with its comments right under it .

At the bottom of all the comments it will say "POST A COMMENT" with a little paragraph from me. You will see an empty box which is where you type your comment. After you write your comment, look below the box you've been typing in. It will say "Comment as:" and then there's a drop down menu of choices. You can choose to comment from an account you have (you'll need to sign in and it's easier if you've already done so before commenting) such as Google, or AIM or you can choose anonymous at the bottom of the list. Anonymous is fine but do sign your name as part of your comment, so we'll know who we're hearing from. It's polite!

You can add yourself as a "follower" by clicking the button that says "follower". You will get a choice of accounts you might have. It's not a necessary to be a follower in order to participate in the blog so if you don't have one of those accounts don't feel bad. If you've created an avatar (little picture of yourself or symbol) self in the account you chose, it will appear instead of an anonymous silhouette. That same avatar would appear next to your comments if you use that account to comment. Just a fun thing to do.

I don't think I need to remind this group not to "flame" or whatever it's called where you use all caps (which is equivalent to screaming) and say rude things to or about other people.

After you make your choice for "comment as" then choose either "preview" and from there "post" your comment by clicking the button or just go directly to "post" after typing in your comment. The comment should appear at the end of the list of comments.

Benita asked about a spell check and I notice that when I type in the box, any words it thinks I misspelled will be underlined in red. I guess it's a guessing game for the right spelling. Unfamiliar proper names might be underlined even if the spelling is correct. You are allowed to mysspel so ignore the red underline if you like!

Oh, the last step might/should be what is called "word verification" which is a weird squiggly word or string of random letters to decipher and write in another little box as a way of making sure you are a person and not some creepy rogue telemarketer. Be sure and bookmark or favorite (is that the PC word?) the blog so you can get to it easily! Let me know if you want to write a post and I will add you as an author.

As we go along there will be a growing list on the right column labelled "BLOG ARCHIVE" of all the posts by date. Sometimes you have to click the triangle to open up a month or year to see all the posts.

We can begin a list of links to interesting websites related to Book Arts or the BAR. Also, we can add links to members homepages or blogs so please send those to me.

Once we get going, we could decide if we want to encourage traffic from outsiders by putting "tags" on posts which are words describing content so google can direct people there. There's a googlebot that crawls around and finds new sites and compiles information for google searches. It sometimes takes months before the googlebot finds you.

I'm open to constructive criticism on the descriptions I've written or mistakes in grammar or information (except dangling participles which I choose to boldly and shamelessly dangle at will). Photos can be uploaded in the posts but not the comments. If you email me a photo I can upload it.
Lynn S

Friday, March 26, 2010


I've adjusted the comments to allow for anonymous posters so you won't have to do any passwords. I've left the comments unmoderated to allow for a free flow of discussion. If spammers show up then I'll have to start moderating which would be too bad. The blog allows for up to 100 "authors" so we may begin adding those of you who want to participate by making posts instead of just comments. I think to keep things manageable we should stick to Book Arts subjects, although if there is a person in the BAR who has had something like a medical crisis that others should know about it would be ok to mention that. If we do have trouble with spammers then we could shift to allowing only members to comment.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our new blog is started!

Well,  I thought I'd just get this thing started and see what happens.  I'm sure there are many things that will have to be adjusted but if you find the blog please leave a comment.  The Bar had our March meeting tonight and discussed many things.    There were some interesting books shown and discussed.  Playing with Books,  Transfers and Altered Images, Print and Stamp??  and Print Pattern and Color all looked worthy of checking out.  I think what we can do is leave comments adding to what I've written.  If someone wants to make a post, perhaps they could send the post by email to me at lastarun at yahoo dot com and I can add it as a post to start a new topic.   We can add photos as well which should be fun.