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Sunday, March 23, 2014


Many thanks to Study Group Coordinator Janice Kagermeier who sent us this post:

What a great afternoon at our March 8 Study Group meeting, and what a perfect example of cooperation among Study Group members. Cran Campbell, Jack Campbell, Judy Dominic, Carol Freid and Anne Leader each contributed their individual expertise and enthusiasm about the making and use of walnut ink. For the afternoon, the Corryville Branch Library was transformed into a fair, with each of the presenters at a separate booth.

Anne Leader opened the session by explaining her process for making her own walnut ink, and later answered questions from virtually everyone in the group, now determined to begin collecting walnuts and making some of the beautiful ink. Each attendee went home with detailed instructions and a bottle of Anne's ink to continue experimenting.
Anne brought several vintages of her homemade ink
Although Judy Dominic couldn't be with us, she sent a great display about using walnut ink for dying fabric and paper. Everyone left with a number of paper and fabric samples, two of each, one done using the cold dyeing process and one using the hot.
Judy's walnut display
At Jack Campbell's booth, we had a chance to learn about two important elements of Japanese spiritual ritual: making shide—zigzag paper streamers—and using walnut ink to create ensō, Zen circles of enlightenment.
Carol Freid set up a table with beautiful examples of implements that can be used in making marks with walnut ink, from simple kitchen twine to beautiful imported brushes and other tools. It was fun to have the opportunity to experiment with them and discover some of the unexpected results.
Carol's mark making display
 Be sure to check out a great collection of photos from the afternoon by Maxine Seelenbinder-Apke, Cecie Chewning, Janice Kagermeier and Peg Rhein, who compiled and annotated them:

Twenty happy participants each left with a handful of experiments on paper, a head full of new information a lovely little kit of small mark making tools and a beautiful brush rest thanks to Carol and Anne's generosity and skill as potters. Many thanks to Anne, Carol, Cran, Jack and Judy for all of their hard work making this one of the real highlights of the Study Group calendar in the last several years.
Brush rest

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your blogger sure had fun the last couple of days taking a mini-mono workshop at Tiger Lily Press with Press Director (and CBAS friend) Theresa Kuhr. Class size was limited to 3 so we could each have our own press. I got the medium-sized Charles Brand. Doesn't he look strong and willing to help even an amateur?
Theresa gave us a good demo of what to do and then turned us loose with stencils, paper and primary ink colors to be as creative as possible...or, at least, to learn how to use the tools. Here's Jessica inking.
Theresa had put up some minis she produced during the last session to encourage us.
She was so helpful, especially to those of us with no printing experience (me). Here she is checking to see what Sharon is working on.
The bonds between CBAS and Tiger Lily Press are strong. If you haven't already taken a class there, do consider it. Might provide inspiration for those artists' books you are going to produce in the future—maybe a nice portfolio of your prints or a story with your own illustrations. Check out Tiger Lily's blog for more information on the variety of upcoming classes: www.tigerlilypress.blogspot.com
Tired brayers rest after a wild time on the plexi.

CBAS members: Have you taken a workshop/class we should know about? Contact your blogger and share the details.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mark your calendars NOW for the Annual Meeting & Potluck

Youʼre invited...

·  The Annual CBAS Membership Meeting and Potluck

·  Saturday, April 12, 2014

·      North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue 45223 (Northside)

·  a dish to share,
·  your new book projects for Show & Tell

·  Meet Barbara and David Day, the authors of Vanishing Cincinnati

·  Noon - Potluck Lunch and Show & Tell

·  1:00 - Business Meeting & Election
o   Say "Thanks" to outgoing officers Janice Kagermeier and Jo Diamantes
o   Meet the new officers and members of the CBAS Board

·  1:30 - Guest Speakers: Barbara and David Day, authors of Vanishing Cincinnati