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January 5, 2009

Lots of good stuff…

Filed under: Fun, Good Things, How To, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 11:34 am

Good morning dear readers.

Thought I’d try to post some before jumping back into classes with both feet next Monday. I’m scheduled to take five classes this coming semester. Four of them are studio classes and one is a portfolio and resume class. Crazy I know but I’m running out of funds and need to finish up by the end of 2009. I’m sure about mid semester I’ll start pulling my hair out and should be about bald by May.  :o)

And now the good stuff…

I have Peter Goodwin’s new video on box making, Boxes for Books, and plan on reviewing it in the next week or so. The video is one in a series produced by Janette Heffernan. Information for all can be found on their website. You can also find a teaser for the box video as well as other great little bookbinding tidbits on Janette’s YouTube site.

For a small fee, you can watch and/or download a video tutorial for sewing a headband on a book by the Bookbinding Guy. You can also buy and download his whole bookmaking tutorial here.

Billie, of Billie’s Craftroom Blog, has put up a nice video tutorial on how to dye linen thread for bookbinding. 

Roz Stendahl has a great post on her adventures in bookbinding on her blog. Her post are always interesting and very informative. It’s definitely worth spending the time and reading through her other posts. She has a great website too.

This was posted on one of the binding lists, an entertaining site with an interactive book.

I’ve seen this posted on several sites but I thought that I’d post it here too. A nice tutorial on how to make your own flipbook. Something to do in your spare time.

Looking for some unique fabrics for bookbinding? Or perhaps you want to create your own? Check out Spoonflower. You can buy custom printed designs in their Etsy store or design and have them print your own unique fabric. It’s definitely a way to set yourself apart from other binders.

Speaking of fabric…if you like playing with fabric and making books, check out the Journal Making for Fabric Artists online class offered by Two Creative Studios and taught by Sue Bleiweiss.

If you haven’t been over to the Book Arts Forum in a while definitely check it out. Lots of good converstaion and upcoming swaps for the new year.

Ok…that should keep you busy for a while.

Have a great day!

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January 12, 2008

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: How To, Morning Musings, online tutorials — jackie @ 11:17 am

Good morning readers…

I finally got my challenge book posted over on the Flickr site. It was actually done yesterday but was still in the press drying when I retired for the evening.

Here is a photo of the cover. You can see more details over on Flickr.

 Challenge #1 book

Edited to add: that it is actually quite lovely in person. The photo doesn’t do it much justice. It’s approx. 8″x8″ in size with hand torn natural stonehenge pages. My favorite paper. Perfect for sketching and watercolor. 

I need to use something else besides foam core for my backdrop when taking photos of my books. Or at least ditch the bounced flash and use continuous lighting. The shadows tend to have a greenish grey tint to them. I’ve used black velvet before but it is only good for light books.

I found this tutorial on lighting through another blog. It’s primarily geared towards taking photos of quilts but I think the techniques should carry over well for books since they are basically fiber also. There is a great tutorial for making your own simple light stands as well as a reccommendation for inexpensive lights to use. I am def. going to try a set of the bulbs that they reccommend.

You don’t have to have an expensive camera and fancy setup to get good photos of your books. Knowing a little about how to setup and light your books goes a long way and as we all know having good photographs of your work makes it look nicer online and sell better because of it.

If anyone has any techniques or tips they would like to share I’d love to hear them.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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