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September 2007
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September 28, 2007

Feeling disconnected…

Filed under: Commissioned Works, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:09 am

Good morning readers.

It’s scarey how dependent I have become on having Internet access. Occassionally our service will go out (for mysterious reasons unknown) and when it does I feel really lost. This morning was one of those times. I tried to keep myself busy with other things but I felt so disconnected. :(

Of note this morning:

Rhonda of the My Handbound Books blog has put together a nice little tutorial on paper grain.

Here are a few photos of a guestbook that I recently created for a photographer friend of mine for one of his clients. It has a really elegant red fabric with an embossed heart pattern on it. I have used the fabric in the past for another project and had enough left over for a few smaller projects. The book looks much more elegant in person.

Guest book 3

Here is a closeup of the cover fabric. It’s still hard to see the hearts in the photo.

Guest book 4

An inside spread…

Guest book 2

I wanted something different for the endpages so I created some by sandwiching a layer of Japanese tissue with plain white paper and left the deckle edge of the tissue hand over the paper edge slightly.

Guest book 1

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 27, 2007

Thursday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:24 am

Good afternoon readers.

It’s overcast here and the sky is threatening rain, which we need badly, but I think it’s just being a big tease again. Ok…as I was writing this it started to pour outside…go figure.

My book swap partner finally recieved her book from me so I can show you photos of it. Yeah!

I played around with some new techniques on this one. I used a modified case binding structure. I had been looking for ways to simplify my bindings to stream line the process of making multiples and I gave this tutorial by Dave the Designer a try. I ended up modifying it slightly. The big diff. in the way Dave makes his books and a more traditional case bound book is that the block is rounded but not backed. I actually like the appearance of the book.

The spine decoration was done with a wood burning tool. I used this tutorial as guideline to burn my initial design onto the leather. I then dyed and painted it with acrylic paint and gave it a couple coats of acrylic varnish. The leather is fairly thick so I did have to skive/pare the edges for a smoother turn in.

Here are the specs….
The book is 7.5″ tall x 8″wide, it has 40 leaves of hand torn Stonehenge paper, Canson MiTientes endsheets. The spine is leather with hot tooling and acrylic paint. The cover is decorative scrapbooking paper. It has hand sewn headbands and ribbon bookmarks with glass leaf beads.

My swap book 1

My swap book 2

My swap book 3

My swap book 1

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 23, 2007

Sunday coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:54 am

Good morning readers.

We’ve had several dreary cool days here in Va. Beach followed by a hot muggy one yesterday. Today promises to be another sunny hot muggy one. Just when I thought fall had taken hold. Darn! I want to wear boots and sweaters.

To console myself I will be using up a bunch of apples given to me by a friend and making apple bundt loaves in a nifty new pan that I found at TJMaxx. It makes 4 small bundt cakes in loaf form. Since I am the only one in the household eating sweets or carbs right now I can eat one and share the other three with friends.

Of note:

If any of you are art journalers Danny Gregory of the Everyday Matters book and blog will be coming out with a new book featuring artists and journalers within the next year. Be sure to check out the teaser over on his blog.

On the same theme…artist and book author Cathy Johnson has some tutorials on her Flickr site to help you with your drawing skills.

From the Etsy Treasury list You Need A Book. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 20, 2007

Mailbox goodness…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:59 pm

Good evening readers.

I wanted to share with you all what the mail person left in my mailbox this morning. My book swap book arrived all the way from Germany.  



Look…there are a couple of extras. Some origami pieces.


This cool book is from Astrid. You can see more of her work over on her blog.

My book is finally on it’s way to it’s new home in the Netherlands. I have photos all ready to show you once it gets there. :o)

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September 18, 2007

Monday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 12:50 pm

Good afternoon readers…

The weather here is sunny and cool. A typical early fall day. The dogs are frisky and I’m in the mood to bake a pumpkin spice bundt cake. Mmmmmm…

This week, besides my school work, I’m getting ready for a small art and craft show at the Valley Green Gallery in Nellysford, Va. I don’t have much time so I’ve been working on putting together some simply bound books to send up with my friend Holly (she’s a weaver) who will be manning the table for both of us. (Thanks Holly!)

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like a “square peg” when it comes to my bookbinding. I understand that coptic bound books with lots of “interest” on the covers sell better than traditional bound books (at least here anyway) but I’ll let you all in on a little secret… I really don’t enjoy making them.

While finishing up my book for the book swap (I know…I’m behind) I started thinking about how much I love making traditional case bound books. I love the preparation and I love how they feel in my hands when they are finished. Especially ones with full or partial leather covers.

I have been hesitant to make them lately. I’m not sure why. I really don’t think they take much more time to create than a coptic bound book. They are not portable and there is a bit more drying time involved because more glue is used. I’m thinking the problem is the issue with what people prefer to buy. Which now begs the question…should I create artwork that I am pretty sure will sell even though I don’t enjoy creating it or should I be true to myself and create the books that I enjoy making?

That said…I stepped out of my box a bit when creating my book for the swap. It’s still traditional but let’s just say it’s got some “interest” on it. I can’t show you a photo until after my swap partner gets it. (Even though I’m dying to.) Should be next week sometime. (Marloes, it’ll be there soon…I promise!)

Thanks to those of you who responded to my second question about classes. I’m still trying to figure out how to get more people in our area interested in the book arts. Bookgirl suggested that I might add some mixed media techniques to my classes. This is actually what I am doing for my six week class that starts in October. Each week I’ll be teaching a different technique that can be incorporated into making books. A few things that I’m planning on having the students do are papermaking, transfers and block carving. I’m hoping to get some interest for the class but it’s hard to get people to commit to a class that runs for more than a day. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 16, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:54 am

Good morning readers.

It’s a beautiful, sunny and cool day so far here in Va. Beach. 

I appreciate the comments by readers on my question about teaching. It’s been an uphill battle to get students in classes of late. When I do demonstrations there are alot of people that seem to be interested in the book arts but I also think that people in general are way busier than they used to be, especially is they have children, so even taking a couple hours for a class is a stretch for some.

So, my question now is, how do you make the classes sound interesting enough so that people will want to take those few hours out of their weekly schedule to learn how to make a book?

Of note…

Remember this cool little tutorial? Here’s a link to a video by Judy over at Photojojo showing how they are made.

I was thinking that I’d like to make a few books like these but I would probably sew signatures of plain paper together then put the covers on as she shows in the tutorial. I’m not a big fan of perfect bound books but they do work well when using stacks of misc. papers.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 11, 2007

Tuesday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 3:30 pm

Good afternoon readers.

My dogs and cats are my babies and I hate when one of them is hurt or sick because they can’t tell me what is wrong. You just know that they are not acting “normal” for them. My oldest dog Archie has something hurting in his shoulder area and needed to visit the vet. He’s on some pain meds and is quite relaxed right now. Hopefully he will feel better soon.

On to the book arts…

I love teaching book making classes but am finding it hard to fill up classes so most of the time they end up being canceled. I have taught classes as small as two students before. I’m not sure if it’s waning interest in learning handcrafts or the venues not publicizing them enough as it’s not just my classes that don’t fill up. All areas of the arts seem to be suffering. Are people just way too busy in their daily lives to do something for themselves?

I’m curious, for all you teachers out there, how are classes in your part of the country/world going? 

Of note: 

Here’s an interesting take on a traditional bookbinding tool…the Jordan-Dehoff Finishing Press for book workers

Green book arts revisited…Here is a great video from Treehugger.com on making green notebooks. These would make a great school fundraiser project.

I hope everyone has a great day…whatever’s left of it.

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September 7, 2007

Friday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 5:24 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I’ve been busy studying art history and writing my first speech for my public speaking class but I wanted to drop in and say hi and share a little books arts info with you.

I’m hoping that once I settle into a routine with the school work I will be able to create a few new tutorials to share with you. 

Of note:

The San Francisco Center for the Book is having their 4th Annual Street Fair this weekend where they will be printing large linoleum blocks on the street with a steamroller. Proceeds of the day go to benefit the center. You can find out more information here. 

Bookfest returns in November. From the site…BookFest will showcase the best contemporary artist books from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Collectors and book-curious visitors will find volumes crafted from unusual materials and utilizing a wide variety of printing techniques. Whether you are already a collector or just starting to investigate this innovative medium, you will find books in every size, type, and price.

The website of book artist Ed Hutchins has a lot of great examples of his work as well as information on the book arts. Check out the special features section for some interesting articles.

I hope everyone has a great evening.


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September 4, 2007

Afternoon musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 2:43 pm

Good afternoon readers.

Yesterday I took the Labor Day holiday to heart and just took it easy all day. Today it’s back into the regular rhythm of the week. Monday and Tuesdays are my days with multiple classes so they tend to be a little more crazy for me. Weds. and Thurs. it’s just morning classes so my day isn’t broken up as much.

Of note:

The HeyLucy blog has a post on bookbinding resources. There is also a nice little tutorial on pamphlet binding which is available as downloadable PDF. (a shoutout to Astrid for pointing this site out to us over on the forum.)

If you’re interested in papermaking to enhance your book projects The Paper Project website has some good information as well as a downloadable tutorial in PDF format on making paper at home.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 2, 2007

A little survey…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:44 am

I’ve got a little survey going on over on the Book Arts Forum. It’s for a special project that I’m working on. Basically I want to know what tools everyone carries in their traveling/basic bookbinding kit.

If you’d like to participate you can list your items here in the comments section or over on the forum.

Thanks in advance for your participation! :D

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