Thursday, May 19, 2016

Weigh Each Species Separately. It's important.

Here is my latest book.  It is 5.5 by 4.25 inches in size, and it was a joy to make.  It has 112 blank pages.  

As you can see, the assemblage elements are starting to creep in, as I should have known they would.  In this case, it's a vintage old frozen lock mechanism.  I adhered it with Golden's Heavy Gel and then used four sharp tacks as rivets, driving them through the cover, cutting them off on the other side and then spreading out the remaining ends with a hammer.  After that I was able to attach the inner front cover to the smooth surface.    

I am not piggy.  
The text on front and back is from a vintage bill of lading for shipping stock.  Apparently there are/were a lot of rules in this regard, some of them very unsavory.  I've thrown the icky bits away.  I wonder what the order to mark stock means.  Does it mean mark it on the bill of lading, or on the stock itself?  I also wonder what a "piggy sow" is.  Aren't all sows pigs?

Back cover

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I covered the salvaged book boards with crumpled brown paper, then applied color with Inktense pencils, India ink, white gesso, and my own proprietary glaze.  The insides of the covers were collaged with endpapers salvaged from a vintage children's book which was a favorite of mine when I was young.  

Inside front
The spines are covered with pieces of gold/ochre mulberry paper, and the front cover sheet is a section from an antique ledger sheet.  The inside papers are my usual ivory heavy bond, with a couple of other page colors thrown in randomly for variety.  

Gathered long stitches.

I bound the book with unwaxed dark brown hemp cord, in kettle stitch and gathered long stitch.  I had fully intended to wax the cord, but it didn't seem to need waxing so I conducted an experiment, which worked.  This is a very strong cord, without a lot of lumps or bumps.  

I've located a new paper shop, and I hope to visit it sometime this weekend.  I want to find a heavyweight bond with a higher cotton content.  All readily-available paper seems to be printer paper, which is not what I need.  I remember the days of 100% cotton bond, and I wonder if there is any of that left at a reasonable price.  I'd like to mix it with found and vintage papers.  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hand Book

Hand Book is my first foray into home publishing.  It's a 32-page booklet bound with a 5-hole pamphlet stitch, measuring approximately 8.75 by 5.5 inches closed.  

I made the cover from doubled, folded and glued Tyvek, which I painted, stamped and overpainted.  I am very impressed with Tyvek, because it is strong, lightweight, pliable, and takes acrylic ink like magic.  This is no doubt because it doesn't contain one natural ingredient, but I'm overlooking that for now.  This booklet's cover might survive the End Times.  

I created Hand Book in MS Publisher.  It took me more than a day because I'd never attempted layout in Publisher before.  Turns out it's not very difficult, but of course there's a learning curve.  After writing and rewriting the text, I painted the images and applied collage embellishments.  The result is a nifty little product which anyone with hands, or who hopes one day to have hands, should find useful.  Here are some of the pages: