Friday Night Flicks: Freaks of Nurture
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by Byopia Press
2d ago
Since it seems to be either too hot or too wet or both in the Northern Hemisphere (where most of my readers are) this summer, I thought we would stick to animations a little longer. Tonight’s short flick from the National Film Board of Canada was directed and animated by Alexandra Lemay. “Freaks of Nurture is an animated short about a neurotic mother-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own unorthodox upbringing with her single-parent mom, who is also a foster parent and dog breeder. Self-deprecating and bursting with energy, the film reveals that no matter how grown-up we think ..read more
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An Enclosure for The Tanabata Star Book 2024
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by Byopia Press
6d ago
[This is a day late as I have been without Internet from sometime early Sunday morning until a few minutes ago. Somehow I couldn’t justify a special trip to town just to post this.] In last week’s post I shared the instructions for making a five-point variation of Edip Agi’s eight-point star binding. This week’s post explains how to make its case. Get out the book you made last week and the remaining template sheet. (If you decided to wait and do the whole project at once, you will find the printable pdf of the project here. Refer to last week’s post for the star book’s assembly.) Check the t ..read more
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Friday Night Flicks: See Animals
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by Byopia Press
1w ago
Tonight’s flick was made for Earth Day 2019. The message still seems appropriate.     The director/animator of tonight’s flick, Scott Wenner, has quite a few short videos up on his Vimeo page. You might want to check out one or more this weekend ..read more
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The Tanabata Star Book for 2024
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by Byopia Press
2w ago
Happy Tanabata! I thought that a five-point variation of Edip Agi’s eight-point star binding would make a good Tanabata project for 2024. The first design was attempted with triangular pages. It was not a success. I hate learning experiences. I made a second attempt with square pages and that worked out. If you want to make your own model, print out the pdf on card stock. Cut out the piece marked Construction Template. Cut carefully right on the lines. Where the lines don’t reach the edge, just continue the line you are cutting. Set aside the rest of the printed card stock. (Instructions thi ..read more
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How To Make A Tetra-Tetraflexagon
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by Byopia Press
3w ago
This is my contribution to the June #AreYouBookEnough_Indigenous challenge. I live in Treaty Six territory, the traditional territory of the Nêhiyawak and the Métis Nation where the message on the flexagon is important. I chose to make a tetra-tetraflexagon because the circle is significant in both Indigenous and Settler cultures. The colours are representative of the four cardinal directions and the four seasons. The flexagon text begins on yellow for East and Spring. Each new day begins in the East and the direction has religious significance in many cultures. Spring is the beginning of new ..read more
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A Look at a Paper Sample Booklet
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by Byopia Press
3w ago
From time to time I sign up for a chance to receive free paper samples. The most recent successful result was a booklet from Domtar’s Cougar papers via PaperSpecs. I have used Cougar papers for years, but was interested in finding out more about the surfaces offered. I hadn’t expected to see some interesting book binding. The booklet is ‘perfect’ bound using French fold pages. (See orange pointy finger: the upper fold has been trimmed off after binding.) The inside of the French fold pages is printed in teal which shows on the head and foot of the booklet. (I was a little disappointed that th ..read more
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Inside the Studio and Out
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by Byopia Press
1M ago
After several weeks of watching videos on YouTube and Instagram, and reading blog posts about printing with a gel plate, I finally set mine up and did some experimenting. I printed out some black and white images to try. The process involves applying a thin layer of paint to the gel plate, then laying down sheet with a high contrast image onto the surface of the wet paint. The concept is that the white, non-printed areas of the sheet will absorb paint and the printed areas won’t, so paint will be left behind on the plate when the printed sheet is removed. The next step is to apply paint or me ..read more
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A Notebook For A Father Who Gardens
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by Byopia Press
1M ago
This week’s project is a simple notebook with many possible variations. It’s a suitable Father’s Day gift for someone who gardens. Ideally all the papers for this project should be ‘grain short’. If you are binding a large text block this is critical. For this little notebook, it is not. No one will die if you use grain long paper because that is what you have. The cover file comes with two options. You can choose the more formal one, or the less formal one. You can even hand colour the flower on the second version. There are two versions of the cover pdf: one for A4 and one for 8.5 x 11 i ..read more
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Father’s Day Gifts for the Golfer or Fisherman
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by Byopia Press
1M ago
To begin, a brief apology. It didn’t occur to me until sometime last Tuesday, after a larger than usual number of readers had gone to last week’s post, that the title might have misled them into thinking it was one of my DIY projects. I am sorry if you were disappointed, and I will try to be more careful with my titles in the future. This week, however, there are two possible projects for you to make. They are potential Father’s Day gifts for the golfer or fisherman in your life. First up: a set of score cards for the golfer. The pdf of the score cards includes a bi-fold case for storage. Pri ..read more
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A Little Book for the May Challenge
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by Byopia Press
2M ago
The main project for this week was creating a little book as my contribution to the monthly Instagram book arts challenge. The theme for May is #areyoubookenough_environment. I decided to create a little book that is environmentally-friendly. I made a small one-page book out of repurposed materials. Everything came out of the recycling bin. The base sheet is a leftover poster from my last solo show, the coloured papers are offcuts from other projects, and the text was cut from two newsprint flyers. I was able to find whole words for almost everything, but had to construct the word ‘earth’ ou ..read more
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