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Worktable Wednesday

Today I worked on another custom order baby book. This one is a photo album and has heavier weight pages. The cover of the album is covered in green bookcloth and each folio of pages is wrapped in a brightly colored paper. This is not only decorative, but it also serves to add space between the pages for the addition of photos. The album was bound in a double needle coptic stitch, which allows the pages to lay flat when the book is opened. I used six different colors of waxed linen thread for the binding, to add more punches of color. I have some more work to do to complete the book - I'll be doing some custom collage work on the inside pages.
11 Feb 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts at Haystack 2015

The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has a bookbinding offering during its fifth summer session from August 16 - 28, 2015 - Paper Engineering: Making Pop-Ups and Sculptural Books with Carol Barton. The workshop seems fantastic, as you can see in the description below: Discover the magic of the sculptural book through explorations of three-dimensional and pop-up forms. Participants will learn a variety of pop-up structures, beginning with simple cut-and-fold pop-ups and progressing through a series of more complex glued constructions. The workshop will also explore sculptural bindings, the carousel, and tunnel book formats. A lesson on adding lights to pop-ups will be included. Slide shows of historical and artist-made books will be presented. An ideal session for anyone who likes to play with paper. I've taken a workshop
6 Feb 2015 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today I worked on a custom baby journal. I love custom orders! It was bound using a double needle coptic stitch with waxed linen thread. This type of binding creates a braided effect on the spine. The cover paper is a handmade paper by Richard Langdell. It has wildflower petals in it - it's quite elegant. Babies seem to be really popular this time of year. I have another custom baby book that I'm working on, that one being a photo album. Stay tuned to see the progress of that one!
4 Feb 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Grand prize winner

Welcome to the grand prize drawing of the Book Arts Improv! Just in case you've forgotten what the prize is, it's a set of books that includes one each of the four books created during the Improv: Craft Show Love Affair Godzilla, Extreme Couponer James Bond's Bad Day Fabruary And now...the envelope, please: Congrats to Marcia! Again! Marcia won week #2, so she already has one of the books in the collection. As I mentioned before, if the grand prize winner has already won one of the books earlier in the month, then I’ll send the remaining three books in the set. Another drawing will then be held for the remaining book. What that means is that I get to have another drawing for a copy of Godzilla, Extreme Couponer. And Godzilla goes to: Congrats to
2 Feb 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv Book #4: Fabruary

Just to remind you, here are the themes I was working with this week... An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!! Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine It was funny how this week's Improv book came together. The wheels started when I learned about Teddy Bear, the porcupine who predicts Super Bowl winners. Yep, he's a real thing. Then I found out that World Nutella Day is in February. That's when it hit me...the Super Bowl is also in February. I did some more research and found a bunch of fun celebrations that all take place in the same month. I had my theme! Here's the final book of this year's Improv -
31 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

At this time, I'm a bit stumped for a storyline for this week's Improv book. I'm not too worried because it's still early in the week. I decided to start off by carving a rubber stamp of a porcupine. This was a fun stamp to work on, although it had a lot of fine detail. Quills are hard! In the images below you can see how the stamp progressed through the carving process. Here's the final stamp. I'm pretty proud of this one. I'm not sure how (or if) I'll use it in the final book, but it's a start. I'm debating whether or not to make a Nutella stamp, but I think I need a specific purpose for it first. Come back on Saturday to see how it all
28 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Week #4 Themes

Many thanks to everyone who entered the final week of this year's Book Arts Improv! Here's this week's winning entry... ...number 1! Congrats to Velma! This week's themes are as follows: An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!! Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine The Book Arts Improv grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, February 2nd - the prize is a set of books that includes one of each of the four books created during the Improv. Everyone who has posted suggestions for the past four weeks will be entered into the drawing. If you have participated in the Improv for more than one week, each week’s post will count as one entry –
27 Jan 2015 Continue Reading