|from the cover of my new handmade book|
In less than 2 hours we were able to do the following:
- dye rice paper for the book covers and set aside to dry,
- use clips to hold the cut pages together
- punch three holes into the clipped pages using a hammer, block, and awl
- re-cut strip of material from a piece of Sari cloth to use as thick thread for binding
- glue dyed papers to front and back substrates to create the front and back covers
- glue inside face pages to front and back covers
- clip front cover, pages, and back cover together
- re-punch holes making sure that each hole is large enough for binding materials
- thread needle with the strip of sari cloth
- bind the book, using a Chinese-wrapped binding method.
I took photographs as I was working so I could remember the process. Some of those images can be seen below.
When I got home I opened the journal to the 2nd and 3rd page (I never start painting on page 1) and created the two images below by adding gesso to each page. Next I made two very quick sketches in pencil. Then I shaded and painted the two faces using Stablio pencil, Tombow markers, and thinned acrylic paint.
|Pages 2 and 3 from my new journal|