Center for Book and Paper Arts

When I was at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a class recently, these were floating around - of course I had to grab one! Initially I thought it was a photocopy (although the paper was awfully nice to be a photocopy), but when I was applying some Mijello Blue watercolor to it last night, I realized it was definitely letterpress printed. (No impression from the type on the back, but it was definitely printed with rubberized ink.)

I applied the watercolor with a mop brush and when the paper was wet, I started using a crumpled paper towel to both blot up excess water and leave some nice marks.

Of course I saved the paper towel. Of course it will be coming to an art journal page near you soonishly! :)

Print of my otter linocut that I created for the 2016 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, sold for the benefit of the San Francisco Center for the Book. This was printed yesterday by being run over by a 12 ton steamroller! 

I also became aware that it is Sea Otter Awareness Week! They are one of my favorite Bay Area animals. 

So be it! See to it!

The papers of the great science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler are here at The Huntington, and we are super excited to team up with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop (@clockshopla​) on Radio Imagination, a yearlong series of events celebrating Butler’s life and work. The project centers on a series of artist and writer commissions to create new works based on the Butler archive here at The Huntington. Other partners include the Armory Center for the Arts and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series.

Read more in “Celebrating Octavia Butler” on VERSO, and head to Clockshop to find out more about Radio Imagination.

caption: Handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.


In the evenings last week while I was taking Intensive Bookbinding from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, I had a surfeit of bookbinding energy, so I put together these coptic-bound journals. The one on the left features one of my gelli prints on the front and (not pictured) a nebula from an astronomy calendar on the back. The one on the right is covered with scrapbooking paper. I added spacers to both of them. (Spacers are little stubs of paper bound in with the regular pages to reduce that art journal foredge splay). The spacers also hide the crazy papers I used for the pages - graph paper, a cut-up atlas, etc.

Osamu Tezuka (and studio) Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu/Mighty Atom) original art page. 

I love looking at original manga art, not that I’ve seen much of it in person or even in print or online. It seems like so much of it has been locked away from prying eyes – where is it all? In studios, in publisher’s offices? 

Recently I was in the newly (re)opened Kinokuniya bookstore in the Mitsuwa shopping center in Edgewater NJ and they had a special Doraemon book that reprinted some comics and also included a beautiful fold-out reproduction of an original manga page printed on a different paper stock from the rest of the book. Lovely to see, if I had crazy money I would have bought it just for that page. I’d love to see an Artist’s Edition-style project showcasing original manga artwork (and crediting assistants, if it could be sussed out – I mean, hell, I’d love to see a website or something that credited uncredited assistants on every damned thing ever made, to be honest). Then again, where are the pages for such a project to be located? Maybe in a secret mecha production facility buried deep beneath beautiful Mt. Fuji. 

Ha ha, I’m a stupid gaijin, forgive me.

Also forgive me if you’re the person who posted this image, I completely forgot where I found it and if I’m stepping on toes, I’ll remove it. 

I made this collage with stuff I had in the folder I use when I’m taking art classes. Most of the materials are from ArtiCulture, but the waxed paper “ART” was from a stencil I made in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) screenprinting class I took earlier this year.

Over my vacation last week, I took an intensive bookbinding class from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Had a blast and learned lots! :)

Above are the blank books we made (thirteen pictured, plus two folding books I didn’t bother with because they’re just on boring white paper). The books are all roughly 4.25″/10.8cm x 5.5″/14cm.

If you’re wondering why some of the patterns on the cover papers are going in the “wrong” direction, it had to do with paper grain and getting as many covers as possible from a sheet of paper.