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Back to the studio

After having sufficiently recovered from my Paris paper trauma, I am now back to work on the journal that my friend Jason is oh-so-patiently waiting for.

He chose a medium-toned gray bookcloth for the cover. It’s a good choice for this journal because he plans to carry it in his laptop bag and the bookcloth will be much more durable.

I was concerned about how the gray would look with the paper he had chosen for the inside of the covers, but I really like the combination. I love when people make choices that I wouldn’t otherwise consider. I tend to stick with what suits me and I make what I like. It’s nice to have someone rock your design world once in a while.

Buddha Japanese paper

So I glued the bookcloth and the paper on to the covers today. If you look closely at the paper in the photo you’ll see images of Buddhas on flying carpets. Some are right-side-up and some are upside-down. I find it really funny.

The paper used for the pages is called Frostone, a paper made by French Paper. Frostone paper has inclusions of freeze-dried paper that have been broken up and embedded in the sheet. It has a nice subtle sparkle to it.

Just as I was getting the link to French Paper, I read that the Frostone line is being discontinued. Meh. Looks like Jason’s book is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

When the covers have dried and pressed, I will begin the binding process. I’ll be using a combination of the double-needle coptic and the caterpillar bindings.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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