Autumn Art Fest Craft Fair in Newport, OR

This fall I’m going back to the Autumn Art Fest Craft Fair in Newport!

Last year, this was my first market ever and I had SO MUCH fun, I’m coming back again! I’ll have handmade jewelry, new stickers, art prints, and new handmade books, plus a new table design and set up. I’m so excited to share what I’ve been working on and see some old friends!

Come see me there on November 12 at the Newport Recreation Center!

Insects, Plants & Fungi Illustration Sessions @ Maxtivity

Get inspired by the serene, the slimy and the sublime in Nature Illustration

Nature inspires in all its glorious shapes, sizes, colors and surprises. We’ll take inspiration from plants, fungi and insects in this nature illustration series using ink, colored pencil and gouache.

Hosted at MAXtivity Arts & Crafts Creative Space, this series is 3 separate classes.

Saturdays, October 29, November 5, November 19
Register at MAXtivity
Registration: $69 per class

Character Illustration @ Maxtivity

What kind of character will you create?

In this 4-week class, we’ll make characters of all shapes, sizes, dispositions and motivations. Perfect for stories, comics and game characters, this class will include backstories, figure drawing tips, and artist drawing practice for kids 9-14.

Hosted at MAXtivity Arts & Crafts Creative Space, this class will span 4 weeks and include challenges, portfolio building, stickers, and some acting!

Wednesdays, October 12 – November 2
Register at MAXtivity
Registration: $79

Multi-Dimensional Zine Workshop @ The Common Canary

Make Zines with me at The Common Canary!

Zines are dear to me for their versatility: they can be anything from revoluntionary treatises, costumed cat coloring books, to memoirs. And, they can bend the rules of reality and physics!

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make some flexy-zines that fold and unfold in surprising ways. From there, we’ll work on narratives and how we can transform our perspectives and thinking through one-page comics and zines!

Hosted by me and my dear friend and fellow local artist and arts educator Christina Tran, this workshop is designed for adults, teens and families with kids ages 9 and up.

All materials and instruction provided!

Accessibility note: The event will be hosted in a workshop space located in the garage of a residential address. There will be access to a bathroom. COVID vaccines and masking are appreciated. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available! Please refrain from coming to the event if you are feeling sick, and we ask that you communicate with us afterward if you become symptomatic or discover you were in line of exposure.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Register on eventbrite
Registration: FREE!
Recommended donation: $5

Stab Binding

The stab binding is an elegant and simple binding method that you can use with single sheets or signatures. This 4-hole bind is quick and binds all sheets and the covers together at the same time.

Materials – Stab binding

  • 2 sheets decorative scrapbook paper, cut to exactly the size of the pages
  • Sheets of paper for pages – can be folded into signatures or loose leaf
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beeswax (recommended)
  • Awl or push drill (example uses a 2mm push drill)
  • Tapestry needle or curved bookbinder’s needle (recommended)

Prep – Stab binding

Prep is simple for this one; cut your sheets for pages and your covers to the exact size of the closed book that you want. You can use folded signatures for pages, if desired, just make sure that when folded, the signatures are exactly the same size as the cover. A paper jig will also be helpful for punching binding holes.

Example Prep

For a Book that is 6″ tall by 5″ wide when closed:

  • 2 sheets decorative paper for covers, 6″ x 5″
    • For a double cover book: 2 sheets decorative paper, 6″ x 10″, folded in half
  • 20 – 40 sheets paper for pages, 6″ x 5″
    • To use signatures, 10 – 20 sheets paper, 6″ x 10″, folded in half, 4 sheets stacked together
    • Can use as many sheets as desired for book, books that are more than 3/4 thick tend to be more difficult to bind
  • Paper jig with binding holes punched 1″ in from the spine side, 4 holes along the height of the spine

Binding Steps

Arrange the pages and covers as you want the book to be when finished (covers with correct side out, pages within).

Align the jig along the spine side of the book and stab through all layers of covers and pages along the binding hole marks on the jig. For thicker books, it will be helpful to split the book in half and stab binding holes on each half separately. Make sure the jig is appropriately aligned on both halves and flush with the spine edge of the book.

Select, trim and wax thread for binding. For this book, bound the book twice and used 6 times the spine height for the length of thread. Thread a binding needle, leaving a short tail. Alternately, you can double the thread. Make sure your binding holes are wide enough for the thread and needle to pass through three times each hole. Widen the holes with the awl, if needed. We’ll make three stitches at each binding hole, one passing between each hole and the other next to it or the edge of the book, and one up from the binding hole around the spine.

Open the book to a middle page. Pass the needle and thread through one of the middle holes from the inside of the book to the outside front cover. Leave a tail that is long enough to tie off on (in this example, about 3 inches.

Close the book on the tail. Use a binder clip to clip all the pages and covers together on the opposite side of the spine.

Now the fun starts 🙂

Pull the thread up over the spine on the outside front of the book toward the outside back cover. Insert the needle into the same binding hole, this time from the back cover, through to the front cover. You’ll have a loop going up around the spine at this binding hole.

Pull the thread to the next binding hole, closest to the edge of the book. Pass through the hole from the front cover all the way through to the back cover. Now there is a straight line of thread from one hole to the next on the front cover.

From the back cover, bring the thread over the spine and pass the needle through the same binding hole from the front cover through to the back cover.

From the back, bring the thread around the bottom edge of the book, back into the same binding hole, from the front to the back. This will make a straight line of thread from the last binding hole to the bottom edge of the book.

At the back of the book, bring the thread to the next hole (the first binding hole we bound). Pass the needle through this whole from back to front, connecting these two binding holes on the back of the book.

Next, pass the needle through the next binding hole (this other middle hole) from front to back. From the back, bring the thread and needle over the spine back to the front.

Insert the needle into the same binding hole, from front to back, creating the loop around the spine at this binding hole.

At the back of the book, pass the needle through the next binding hole, this one closest to the edge of the book. At this last hole, at the front of the book, wrap the thread around the edge of the book.

At the back of the book, pass the needle through the same binding hole from the back to the front. The needle will come out the front of the book. From the front of the book, pull the thread up over the spine from this binding hole to the back of the book.

At the back of the book, pass the needle through the same binding hole from the back to the front, completing the loop around the spine at this hole.

At the front of the book, pass the needle through the next binding hole, completing the connection between all the binding holes on the front of the book.

Remove the binder clip, and open the book at the page where the tail of the thread is. Clip the book again to keep these pages separate.

Pass the needle into the binding hole you started with, but instead of passing the needle all the way to the front, pass it into the book where the starting tail is. Tie off the working thread with the tail thread, tightening the knot into the middle of the book.

Clip off the ends of the thread and tuck them into the binding of the book.

Done! This is the 4- hole stab bind!

Misadventures & Magic: Spellstober22

Ah, Autumn! The days start to cool, the nights get a little longer, and around here the ink gets flowing. I have traditionally taken on Inktober every year; that’s annual October challenge to illustrate and ink one drawing everyday, responding to prompts. I admit, I’ve had a mixed experience with Inktober over the years; some years have been more successful than others, some years I feel inspired and invigorated, other years are a little bit more of let’s say a struggle. The practice is always incredibly valuable in helping me build skill and maintain habits.

This year, I’m branching away from the office Inktober TM prompts and taking on #spellstober22, a list made by Australian artist, Spells (or, Liz, according to their Tumblr). I saw a friend of mine post this list on her Instagram page, and these prompts really got me excited, so I decided (against my better judgement of what my daily schedule can actually handle) to take on Inktober Spellstober this year!

I’m really loving my illustrations so far. The list is so well crafted, that I’m starting to see a story emerge from just the images. Characters with lives and a world they inhabit with dramas and intrigue.

I’ll post my images up on Instagram first, and then eventually update them here on the homepage all through October, and then they’ll live on this post for the rest of ever.

Wish me luck!

Secret Belgian Stitch Prep

The Secret Belgian Stitch is a hard cover, closed spine binding method with a unique cover that can fold all the way back. The stitch is pretty simple and I like to use watercolor paper for signatures since the cover gives a lot of sturdiness to the book.

Prepare the materials

For this binding we’ll need materials for a hard cover, stitched binding and signatures. The example images below are for a finished book that is 6″ tall, 1″ thick spine and 8″ long (from spine edge to open edge of the book).

  • Book board – 2 pieces for the covers (size in example: 6″ x 8″)
  • Book board – 1 piece for the spine (size in example: 1″ x 6″)
  • Decorative paper for the outer covers; 1″ longer and wider than the covers and spine boards (in the example: 2 sheets that are 7″ x 9″ for the covers and one sheet 2″ x 7″ for the spine)
  • Decorative paper for the interior covers and spine
  • PVA glue and brush
  • Watercolor sheets – 20 sheets for 5 signatures of 4 sheets, cut to the same height and twice the width of the covers (in the example, 16″ x 6″)
  • Waxed linen or binding thread – the number of signatures times the height of the book/ spine (in example, 5 signatures x 6″)
  • Binding needle
  • Awl
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat

*Note: these prep instructions are for a book that is 6″ tall by 8″ long when closed, with a 1″ thick spine and 40 pages of watercolor paper. This book can be made in different sizes, with attention to changing the dimensions of paper and board when needed.

Use this chart to plan out your own dimensions for materials:

Your book dimensionsouter coverinner cover
Height = ____ inches
Length = ____inches

(height + 1 inch) = ____ inches
(length + 1 inch) = ____ inches
Make 2
(height – 0.25 inch) = ____ inches
(length + 0.25 inch) = ____ inches
Make 2
Spine Width = ____inches
Height = ____ inches

(height + 1 inch) = ____ inches
(width + 1 inch) = ____ inches
Make 1
(height – 0.25 inch) = ____ inches
(width – 0.25 inch) = ____ inches
Make 1
  1. This book is great to make with watercolor paper. I start with a 12″ x 18″ watercolor pad with a cardboard back.
  2. Remove the cardboard from the back and cut in half lengthwise to have two 6″ x 18″ strips. We’ll only use one in this book, put the other aside.
  3. Cut the 6″ x 18″ strip of cardboard into four pieces:
    • One 6″ x 1″ strip for the spine
    • One 6″ x 1″ strip for a closure or set aside
    • Two pieces 6″ x 8″, one for each front and back cover
  4. Remove ten sheets of watercolor paper from the pad. Cut each sheet in half length-wise to have 20 sheets that are 6″ x 18″; cut 2″ off the end of each sheet to have 6″ x 16″ sheets.
  5. Fold each sheet in half and stack 4 together to make signatures.
  6. Cut decorative paper for the outside of the covers, spine and closure. Each piece should be 1″ longer and 1″ wider than the cardboard pieces:
    • One 7″ x 2″ strips for the spine
    • One 7″ x 2″ strip for the closure
    • Two 7″ x 9″ pieces for the covers
  7. Cut decorative paper for the interior covers and spine/ closure. Each piece should be 1/4 shorter and narrower than the cardboard:
    • One 5.75″ x 0.75″ strips for the spine
    • One 5.75″ x 0.75″ strip for the closure
    • Two 5.75″ x 7.75″ pieces for the covers
  8. Prepare your work area for gluing by putting down parchment or scrap paper.

Fantasy Landscape Gouache Painting @ Common Fields

Let’s make some fantasy landscape paintings in gouache at Common Fields!

This Fall, we’ll make dazzling, colorful and fantastical landscapes at Common Fields. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to start making fantasy landscapes with gouache!

Come join us on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm
at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to create illustrative landscapes to inspire stories, and fantasy. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art making night!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners and experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $25 per person
All materials provided and included.

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Comics & Sticker Making at Common Fields

This fall, we’re making comics at Common Fields!

Come join us on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm
to share stories, drawings and create your own comic book to take home!

In this 2-hour workshop, families are invited to drop in, pick up a pencil, some markers and create! We’ll have live demonstrations and games to practice our skills in comics making, plus materials for sparkle stickers.

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This family workshop is open to kids ages 5 and up with a parent or guardian. Registration is $15 per child; parents/ guardians free!
All materials provided and included.

Registration is now closed!

Gouache Class at OCCC Fall 2022

Create whimsical illustrations and paintings with gouache, a water-based medium that layers like acrylic and dries with a matte finish. Perfect for children’s illustrations, cards, and small paintings, this medium can bring to life all kinds of wondrous imaginings. Beginner-friendly class with live instruction on materials and techniques. Students can expect to end the class with at least 2 finished paintings. Materials list provided; materials are available from instructor (includes material fee).

Materials list provided; materials available from instructor (includes material fee)

Class Schedule:

October 20 – November 10 (4 weeks)
10:00 – 11:30 am

Registration fee: $xx
Materials fee: $25
Register at Oregon Coast Community College (coming soon)