Shifu Study Group

Photos from my Paper Threadmaking Explorations I taught to the Cincinnati Book Art Society Study Group where we tried 15 different papers I purchased from Suder‘s Art Store in Cincinnati. Thanks to Susan Byrd, who taught us all about the Art of Shifu (cloth woven with paper thread) and the how to make paper thread at her lecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum and her workshop in Cincinnati on March 4, 5.



Using Acrylic Medium in Artist Books

Cody Goodin gave an excellent presentation “Using Acrylic Mediums in Artist’s Books” for the Cincinnati Books Arts Society Study Group 5/13 at the CBAS Studio. Thanks to his connections at Plaza Artist Materials in Cincinnati we had a number of Golden Acrylic products to experiment with in the class.

Free Lecture by Claire Illouz

Attend a free lecture cosponsored by CBAS and NKU
by the French book artist and printmaker 
Claire Illouz
Lecture / presentation by CLAIRE ILLOUZ of Chérence, France, and KATHLEEN PIERCEFIELD of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  Each will present new Emily Dickinson artwork—an artist book by Illouz and multimedia prints by Piercefield.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
at the W. Frank Steely Library
Farris Reading Room
Check out her website –


Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Marbled endpapers, ca. 1880

Ready for a great “working” field trip? CBAS is sponsoring 2 Turkish marbling weekend workshops with Ann Alaia Woods in her Columbus studio: 3304 Grasmere Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Choose either April 25-26 or May 2-3. Saturday will be instructional and Sunday will be an open studio day for experimentation. Minimum participation is 6 students, maximum 8. Cost is $150 per person.

For interested parties who may not wish to drive back and forth, carpooling and shared lodging should be a possibility. Registration cut-off dates are April 11 and April 18 respectively.

To print out a registration form for the workshop:

From Ann, here a few more details:
Plan to have a great time…and bring these for you own use: 
Work clothes, apron, or smock
Hair covering—scarf, wrap, or cap
Sensible shoes—you’ll be on your feet a lot
Cardboard—2 pieces, approximately 15″ x 20″
Newspapers—small handful, to transport papers
Notebook (or pad) and pen for note taking
Lunch—coffee, tea, filtered & spritzy water will be supplied 

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

From The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, 1890

Come join us and leave with your own beautiful handmade papers to use in future book making projects.

Golden Paint Demonstration by Merle Rosen

Cincinnati Book Arts Society hosted a Golden Paint Demonstration given by Merle Rosen at the Corryville Library on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 from 2- 4:15. About 40 participants learned a variety of techniques and uses for the paints and additives. We were introduced to the new QOR watercolors and Williamsburg oil paints that revealed a broad color range found with these singular paint binders.

Ms. Rosen presented information on pigments, viscosities, gels, mediums and more. We learned how acrylics can be used as grounds for other media, such as watercolor or colored pencil and received information on color mixing, blending and controlling drying time. We experienced how gels can be used to modify paint properties or create unique textural surfaces. Merle gave an excellent presentation and we all received free samples of Golden products to experiment with at home.