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July 21, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:48 am

Good morning readers.

The weather here has turned absolutely beautiful! It’s warm and breezy with little humidity. A perfect day for any outdoor activity.

Of note this morning…

Rhonda has posted a nice little tutorial on making a Chopstick Notebook on her blog My Handbound Books.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my friend Holly had brought me back a cool book from a shop in Tallinn, Estonia. While she was there she asked if she could take a few photos of the shop and she gave me a few  that she took to post of the blog. Gotta love friends who know what you like. :D

I’m assuming that all the books seen in the photos are by binder Pille Kivihall.

The other person with Holly liked the way they packaged their books so much that she had to buy a book just to get the packaging.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

A few cool old pieces of equipment. The bigger one looks like a stack cutter. Not sure what the smaller one is.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

Some small books in a leather bowl. Very nice.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

These guys look like birds sitting on a shelf.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

It’s nice to know that I am not the only one with shelves that look like this. I think it is that universal artist thing.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

I love this book.

Bindery in Tallinn, Estonia

I wish she had gotten a few more pics. I would of loved seeing a full photo of the bindery as I am an admitted voyeur when it comes to other people’s studios. :D

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 18, 2007

Wednesday morning musings…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:50 am

Good morning readers.

It’s rainy here this morning. Yeah! My grass is actually growing. It’s nice to look out at the lawn and see a bit of green instead of brown.

A few resources…

A site that has a little calculator to pair adhesives to the surfaces you are working with.

The National Preservation Office of the British Library has some useful PDF leaflets on book preservation.

Ever wanted to make yourself a big ol’ Grimoire? A really unique journal? Or maybe just something different than a plain old notebook? Here’s a few sites that will give you some inspiration.

Brahm’s Bookworks has some great looking tomes with handwrought metal furniture.

Jase’s Books also has some cool books with metal decorations as well as some that have intricately carved cover designs.

Most of the big books are made with a post and screw type, or similar, binding so that pages can be taken out, reorganized and put back in easily. Here’s a great photo that shows the structure.

The bands on the spine are of course false bands, either made out of strips of leather or binders board. You could make them out of heavy cord if you wanted something more rounded looking.

For the furniture, you could craft your corner pieces or cover decorations out of polymer clay. I’ve seen some really detailed work done this way.  I’m not sure how they would hold up as latches but you could do something using brass or metal hinges. Or leather and bone. I always find a quick trip to the hardware store gives me inspiration. :D

If you’d like to learn leather carving, go to this site for some great tutorials.

I’m not the magical type per say but I do like to work a little magic in the kitchen. I was thinking about making something like this to keep all my recipes in. The nice thing would be I could type them up on the computer and print the pages out and insert them into the book. Then if they got messy or needed revisions, I could replace them. I’ll add that one to my list of 5000 and some projects already on it. 8O

I hope everyone has a wonderfully magical day.

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July 11, 2007

I pityeth the fooleth…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 6:22 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was yet another hot one here in the Hampton Roads area. I hope wherever you are your weather was a little more forgiving. It looks like rain here this morning, which we need badly, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to rain in my area. Yesterday it was raining like mad in downtown Norfolk (which is 20 mins away) and nothing here. My poor yard is brown. The lawn boy came by and cut the lawn but I liken it to a bald guy getting a haircut. :D

On to book related stuff…

Since aquiring a couple of used Gocco printers I have been trying to figure out what I would like my first Gocco printed project to be. After checking out the Book Dragon blog and seeing her wonderfully creative book plates, I decided that my first project would be just that, a custom designed bookplate. So, I dug out my copy of Art of the Bookplate by James P. Keenan for some inspiration and got to work designing one of my own.

A great ex libris quote, also by way of Book Dragon, the Medieval Book Curse

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying out for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails [. . .] when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever. [sic] (Basbanes, 35)

Basically it’s the Medieval way of saying “I pity the fool who touches my books.” :D

And, of course, I had to look up the definition of “ex libris” because the “needs to make sense” side of my brain couldn’t quite figure why some bookplates had the wording on them and some did not. Here is a definition from answers.com

The noun ex libris has one meaning: a label identifying the owner of a book in which it is pasted.   Synonym: bookplate

It’s pretty much a given that that little pasted on piece of art work with your name written on it that’s pasted on the inside front cover of your books is a bookplate. So, why do some have the wording on them? Is it so you are sure that it is a bookplate? Is it because ”ex libris” looks cooler than say… the word “bookplate”?

In the above referenced book on bookplates, the definition is given as “The words ex libris are taken from the Latin, meaning ‘from the books of’ or ‘from the library of’.” This of course makes more sense.

Of note…

The entry Deadline for the Bonefolder Bind-O-Rama 2007 is September 30, 2007. Initiated in 2004, the Bind-O-Rama challenge and online exhibition has become an annual event. To continue that tradition, the 2007 Bind-O-Rama will be a set book exhibition featuring the catalog to the Guild’s 100th anniversary exhibition. Full Bind-O-Rama guidelines and a link to the catalog order form can be found on the book arts web. Entries will be compiled into an online catalog, which will be viewable on the Book Arts Web as well as in the Bonefolder.

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s Fourth Annual Roadworks: Steamroller Prints and Street Fair happens on Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 11am - 5pm. It is their annual fundraiser. Here is a page with some info and photos from last years fair.

I love the idea of steamroller prints. Here is a link to another steamroller printing event that celebrates the Day of the Dead. From the site… Every year over 80 artists collaborate to bring together the Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project. Students from The University of Montana, Hellgate High School, Sussex Middle School and individual artists from the community create and cut blocks that are printed in the event. Works created during the day long print event are carried in Missoula’s Annual Festival of the Day Parade and will be exhibited in downtown Missoula during the month of November. There is also a movie of the printmaking.

On that same note…Maria Arango and Daryl DePry’s monster woodblock print. Printed by running over it with the car tires. :D

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 23, 2007

Saturday morning musings and the pitiful journaler…

Filed under: Inspiration, Journaling, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:50 am

Good morning readers.

It’s been an absolutely beautiful the past couple of days here in the suburbs of Va. Beach. Lots of sunshine and breezes. It looks like today is going to be another one. This week has flown by. I can’t believe it’s Saturday already and there is only one week left in the month.

I appreciate the great response I’ve had to my new Flush Mount Album Guide. I’m surprised at how many people ordered the printed copy in lieu of the downloadable one.

Of note this morning…

If you’re looking for a unique way of opening your journals, check this cool book clasp out. The clasp reminds me of something you would see in the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. There’s a video showing how it works. Pretty cool!

Speaking of notebooks…I admit it. I am a voyeur. I love to look at other people’s notebooks, sketchbooks and journals. Only if they are published or I am invited too. :o

I have to also admit that as much as I love looking at OPJ (other people’s journals) I am pretty bad about keeping one myself. It’s not that I don’t have the desire or plenty of journals to create in. I have boxes off them. I’m just not good at being consistent about it. Plus my quest to find or make the perfect size journal is an ongoing mission which seems will never be completed. Anyone else have that problem? it’s the same with bags. It seems I’ll never find the perfect bag but that’s another story all together.

If you are interested in keeping a visual journal like Leonardo did so many years ago, here are a few links to get your creative juices going.

Roz Works is the website of artist Roslyn Stendahl. Check out the “Fun” link on her site for some cools photos of pages from her journals

I love Cathy Johnson’s books on nature journaling. Her site has some great stuff on it as well.

This page on Kay Porterfield’s site page has some great information as well as links to other resources on journaling.

If you are a fan of the mighty Moleskine notebook, You will enjoy perusing the Moleskine Art site. It is very visual with lots of information and links to galleries of art work done in them.

Now off surfing you go…

Till next time.

Have a great day.

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May 1, 2007

Springback binding…

Filed under: Inspiration — jackie @ 4:40 pm

For those who are interested in learning how to do a binding in the Springback or account book style I found this video. It looks like it might be pretty good so I purchased it as an early birthday present to myself. I’ll give a full review of it after I recieve it and have a chance to view it. Probably in the next few weeks.

You can also find written instructions for the Springback binding here.

If you want to see some excellent examples of Springback bindings check out the online exhibit Spring (back) Hath Sprung over on the Book Arts Web. For some other great examples go here, here and for some wonderfully unique Springback bindings go here.

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April 27, 2007

Possibilities and the power of imagination…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:21 am

Good morning readers…

Now that I’ve bored you with my epistle on finding the perfect bag to carry my journals and junk in, I’m wondering yet again what inspires you? What motivates you to create books or to get out your journal and create in it?

Me…I’m always motivated by possibilities. My blank journals remind of the possibilities of what I could create in them.

My field bag also reminds me of possibilities. The possibility of travel. I don’t get to travel to many places but I daydream about traveling. I love to look at maps. Maps are full of possibilities. I have been all over the US and the world just by map traveling. Years ago I had a job that I would occassionally get bored at because I had nothing to do so I would take out this big ol map book of the US and “travel” to places I always wanted to go. I visited all the national parks and hiked the trails. I climbed mountains, camped in the wilderness, participated in Mardi Gras, sat on a deserted beach. I like to collect old travel books and I sometimes order travel brochures offered by state travel bureaus because they have great information and photos in them.

It sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? Just looking at maps and photos of places and dreaming about them but never going anywhere. To me it’s all about the possibilities and the hope of one day getting to travel to some of the places that I have dreamed about going.

Next time you create a journal, whether for yourself or someone else, think about the possibilities of what will go inside of it someday.

On that note, I am presenting you, dear readers, with a challenge. To create journal with a travel themed cover. You need to create a blank journal with the cover done in some type of theme that represents travel. The challenge will run starting May 1 through May 31. To participate just post a photo of your book and a short description of your technique over on the forum on the Show and Tell board. I’ll have a thread setup for you to post in.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Have a great day.

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April 24, 2007

Visual Journaling…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:56 am

Good morning readers…

A quick shout out to the readers from Finland, Iceland, Brazil and Japan!

So now that you’ve made a stack of blank books what do you do with them? Give them away? Sell them? Create art in them?

Roz of Rozworks makes her own journals and sketches and paints in them.  Roz says that “Initially I bound my own books because I was on a quest: I was looking for the perfect sketchbook to contain my visual journals.” There are some great photos of her books as well as the artwork in them on her site.

Nature artist Cathy Johnson has a great site with information and tutorials on sketching and drawing from nature.

Aisling has a great site with lots of information on art journaling. She has free tips and tutorials as well as links to other sites on art journaling.

Artist Michael Bell creates visual journals. Michael says “Visual journaling is a way to record life’s experiences, feelings, emotional reactions, or one’s own inner voice visually and verbally. Sometimes words alone fail to describe what we feel inside. Visual journaling is a creative way to respond to an internal, very personal situation in traditional sketchbooks, or through non-traditional works of art that include both text and imagery.” There are some great video clips of his students talking about the journals that they keep and how it helps them in creating thier art.

An interesting site on using visual journaling as an educational tool from the Jefferson County Public Schools.

Def. check out the Trumpetvine Travels site of Martha McEvoy. From the site header: “This site is dedicated to the study, appreciation, and promotion of personal sketching to enhance our travel logs, illustrated journals, nature diaries, art projects, sketchblogs and more.” While you’re there download the pdf copies of her Trumpetvine Travels zine. They are great.

That’s it for today. Tomm. I’ll have more information on journaling for you.

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February 20, 2007

What inspires you?

Filed under: Inspiration — jackie @ 11:32 am

Good morning all.

This morning I wanted to talk a little bit more about inspiration. As I’ve mentioned before I spend way too much a little time each morning checking out my favorite blogs and surfing the Net for inspiration for my books and of course, to share with you.

I also gain inspiration from other sources such as books on various crafts and the world around me. When looking at and buying books I do not limit myself to books on bookarts and binding. I look at books on painting, beading, quilting and collage to name a few.. I like to take it all in until my head explodes and try to figure out how I can somehow incorporate all the beautiful ideas into my books. 

Some of the things I have incorporated in the past are fabric and quilting. I’ve made quilted cover books out of fabric as well as scrap paper pieces. I love to use beads on my books even if they are just on the ribbon bookmark. I think they add a bit of elegance. I’ve painted covers, embelished them with three dimensional figures. I’ve used wood, plastic clay, glass and metals for covers. You are only limited by your imagination.

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to try out new ideas. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Don’t worry too much about wasting a bit of glue, paper or fabric. And of course if you’re a packrat saver like me, don’t throw away the bloopers and misfits as they have a personality all their own and you may be able to incorporate them or utilize them in future projects.

Now on to a little blog business…I’m curious as to what you, dear readers, would like to see on this site. After all it is your site. I created it to share ideas and information on book arts with anyone who is interested. I have been working hard to make sure that the content is fresh, relevant and plentiful. Of course the later is what I need help with. I could, of course, blab on and on about whatever is in my head but I’d also like to know what you would like to see here in the future. More tutorials/how tos, featured book artists, surf reports? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and let me know.

Hi…my name is Jackie and I am a bookbinding enabler.

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February 15, 2007

Write soon…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:55 am

Good morning all.

I hope everyone survived the annual “Day of Love”  I made it through this year without going into a chocolate comma. :o

As I have mentioned before, I spend a little time surfing around the Net looking for a bit of inspiration to start my day. I do have a few blogs that I like to check daily because they usually have interesting posts. Most of the blogs that I read are design or graphic arts related. The only bookbinding related blog I read regularly is the one from Rag and Bone Bindery. If you get a chance, def. surf on over and check out their blog and the lovely books they create. One of the reasons that I mention them this morning is that in one of their posts they mentioned this article which talks about letter writing. Which of course made me think about one of my all time favorite books. It’s Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard. If you don’t have a copy of this lovely little book treat yourself today. I’ve had my copy since 1990 and would be lost without it. In a nutsheel Ms. Stoddard talks about the dying art of letter writing. When she wrote this book email and the Internet were in their infancy. Now with email being readily available to every man, woman and child handwritten letters seem to be going the way of the letterpress. Used mainly as an art form.

If you pick up a copy of this book you will be motivated to write a letter. From this book I contracted the deadly fountain pen collecting disease. (I can’t tell you how many pens I have, it’s a secret.) I also started reading/collecting books of letters by famous people and started lusting after good papers and stationary. I even had my Dad make me a custom wooden lap letter writing desk. (photos to come)

One of my favorite parts of this book is her Grace Notes. Little bits of wisdom and ideas at the end of each chapter. She even published a book of them.

Alexandra Stoddard has written many books on living your life beautifully. I have several of those but this little book is the one I keep coming back to year after year when I want a little inspiration.

Gift of a Letter

Cherry scones with butter, hot tea, a Waterman Fountain pen, nice stationary and The Gift of a Letter. The perfect way to start a morning!

PS…Write soon…

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February 12, 2007

Red velvet in the morning…

Filed under: Inspiration — jackie @ 2:13 pm

Besides surfing the web for inspiration for my books I like to watch all the creative DIY shows on HGTV. One of my favorites is Debbie Travis’ Painted House. Every once in a while she’ll have a cool idea that she uses that will translate well into a book cover. Recently she showed a technique for embossing velvet to make into pillow covers. Of course a light bulb went off in my head and it occured to me that the embossed velvet would make a great book cover. So, I got a small piece of velvet and a rubber stamp and gave the process a try. Below is a photo of my results. I only wish the photo could show how elegant the fabric looks. The color of the velvet is actually a deep red.

The method in a nutshell is…the velvet is melted where it comes in contact with the rubber stamp. The stamp is layed on the table face up. The velvet is layed on the stamp face down then a hot iron is applied to the back of the velvet for a few seconds. It takes a few tries to figure out the amount of time and pressure needed to get a clean design. I would also suggest using a stamp without a lot of tiny details to start with.

Embossed Velvet

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