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May 25, 2010

Every Day in May - 25

I was just about to start my daily journal page last night when I found a 4-part video on Teesha Moore's blog about making quilted books.  In Part 1 she showed many quilted covers, some of which contained paper, and two of them started me thinking about another project.  These two books had a cover that opened in the center and either two faces - one on each front half - or one face - in the center back.  I don't know how the faces were made - transfers from photos or painted - probably the former.

She makes little "quilt pillows" and then stitches them together to make her covers.  I would adapt my regular quilt-making techniques and  just borrow the ideas about a center front opening and faces.  I'd like to put hats or paint hair on the heads and add arms, instead of wings.  If I made these books for family, I would make the face theirs.

So, in order not to forget the idea, my sketchbook page became drawings and notes for the project.  The colors and way of coloring the book are mine.

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May 18, 2010

Every Day in May - 18

I blocked out three days to make new fabrics to use as book cloth for my watercolor journals.  Over the last 20 years I learned many surface design techniques for silks and  cottons and love to play with dyes and resists to create textiles.  In a Manhattan apartment, I need to "schedule" time to play with dyes because I have to get out so many supplies, tools, etc.  And our dining room table is covered in plastic for several days as the fabric cures and dries. 

I purchased 3 new primary color dyes in February and made up new stock solutions.  Then when I was "playing" I decided to see if the stamp process I used recently for paper worked equally well with fabric.  Here are my stock solutions, the secondary colors I mixed and my new stamp.  I used it to stamp a dark blue design over an entire piece of dyed blue-green cotton that will be book cloth.

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May 14, 2010

Every Day in May - 14

I finally finished the book inspired by Gwen Diehn's book on Darwin.  Hers was really small.  The ones that our Journal Study Group made are 3" X 5". 

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Here is the cover of mine.

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This book has two concertinas, one that makes up the spine and end papers of the book and a second one that makes the pages.  The concertinas are stitched together with a 3 hole pamphlet stitch.  The spine of the book is then held closed with one stick which goes through 3 tabs - two on the front cover and one on the back.

These are the pages that I created using stamps I made from figures I sketched at the Society of Illustrators figure drawing sessions this spring. 

End paper on the left and page 1:

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Pages 2 and 3:

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Pages 4 and 5:

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Pages 6 and 7:

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Page 8 and End Paper:

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When the stick is removed, the spine can be opened to reveal a hidden image.  This is a stamp that I made from my painting of mother and child - inspired by a Henry Moore sculpture.

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March 20, 2010

More Bookbinding and Art

It is time for a little post about my obsession with bookbinding.  I started by recycling books as watercolor journals and then progressed to make 12 watercolor journals creating my own book covers and the book size of my choice.  While dye painting fabric for quilting, I wondered whether I could make my own book cloth from these fabrics and this week finished my 4th watercolor journal using my own dyed fabric as bookcloth.  For anyone reading this blog for the first time, the progression can be seen by clicking on the "Bookbinding" category on the right side of my blog page.

My 4th Dye Painted Watercolor Journal:

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 I used Canson Mi Teintes paper for my end papers.  It is available in many colors, is heavy enough so it doesn't stretch during the casing-in process, and is very inexpensive.  Here is the end paper for this book.

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Our Monthly Art Group learned how to make adhesive-backed "fun foam stamps" from Pat last month and at the end of the afternoon, we each used our stamps to make everyone a tag from our designs.  Pat does extraordinary work with her stamps and colored ink pads,  We will do this again and I explored making a "pocket artist's book" to keep all of the tags together.  The instructions came from Gwen Diehn's book Books For Kids to Make.

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This month we are going to make very small "folded" artist's books (as seen in the link to Pat's blog above) and arrive prepared to "decorate each page."  Then we'll make a small envelope for the book.  Here is a website that demonstrates the folding process.  Our books will be made from a standard size sheet of paper (8.5 X 11"). 

http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/2007/11/secret-fold-notebook.html

I decided to play with the techniques even before our meeting next week and created the following tiny book and envelope.  During the last two months I sketched a pregnant model at the Society of Illustrators figure drawing sessions and decided to feature her in my book.  I reduced the size of each image to fit the page and collaged the printed reduced drawings in place.  I made a fun foam stamp from one of the images and made the cover and the envelope.

Two Pages From the Book:

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The Front Cover - with Stamps:

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The Envelope for the Artist's Book:

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February 22, 2010

My Third Watercolor Journal with Dye Painted Book Cloth

I made my 3rd watercolor journal with another piece of fabric that I dye-painted - this time striped using corn dextrin resist with procion MX dyes.  This is  a 6 X 8" watercolor journal containing Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Soft Press paper - 6 signatures with 2 folios each.  The bookcloth was prepared by fusing my fabric to Thai mulberry paper using Wonder Under - see more about the method here.

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I used color-coordinated MiTientes paper as end papers. 

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There is still one more piece of fabric that I made in this first batch, and since I'm now using a big roll of Fabriano Artistico paper, I will make a 4th book to gain more experience handling the big pieces of paper instead of the usual 22 X 30 inch sheets.  There are 48 single pages in each book so will have enough watercolor journals on my shelf to last 5-6 months!

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