I clear up some projects, bind and impromptu batch of books and announce a bookcloth scraps give away.
Above: The lastest batch of casebound books. Read about them below. Top left has navy blue bookcloth and the top right has purple bookcloth, not readable in the lighting. They all have hand painted decorative papers made by me.
Last week I spent my spare time making book samples for upcoming classes, well for proposals for upcoming classes. The new adult program director at MCBA has asked for a year's worth of proposals at one time, and I'm fine with this, because it's what I've been doing already (otherwise it's too difficult for me to keep all these non-work related deadlines in my mind or on my calendar it seems).
I had one brainiac idea that I had to step up production on, however, since the deadline had changed. But things kept interrupting me and I finally pulled the plug. I'll work on that idea for 2011.
Because I stopped working out the technical issues in that new structure I had several sheets of Arches Text Wove (now called Velin Arches but I can never think of it that way) yet to tear down and I decided to make them into my regular journals. (While this paper is lightweight and there are opacity problems, I love painting and writing on it.)
So the remaining sheets were quickly torn down into this small impromptu batch and because I'd purchased enough sheets for a different set of books there was one extra sheet and that became the ultra-thin peach-colored book in the front with only two signatures; and the scraps from the sheets I tore down became the small, ultra-thin book on the right front, also two signatures. Both thin books will be perfect for a weekend trip or an end-of-the-year-not-enough-days-to-fill-a-regular-journal journal if I need one.
I can't wait to crack one of these open. They smell so good (I love the sizing on this paper) and feel so good in my hands. I think the one at the back right with purple fabric and purple and blue decorative paper will be my February journal. The tall journals are 6-7/8 x 9 inches—my favorite portrait (orientation) size, and it always makes a great page spread width.
With these books bound there remain only a few projects from last year—the case for my State Fair Journals needs to be bound, and two sewn-on-the-spine samples, which aren't for classes, but just for fun.
Everything else has been put away. As I did that I came across bits and pieces of bookcloth that either needed to be stored or…
Which leads me to the give-away portion of today's post:
Are you a book binder who makes SMALL BOOKS??? Do you live in the U.S.? If so write to the comments section of this post before Sunday, January 24 and I'll put all the names in a hat and draw a winner.
I have about 20 pieces of bookcloth waiting in a roll to find a new home. These are scraps, but "scraps" doesn't do them justice as they are lovely cuts and colors. Many are around 5 x 7 inches, some are long and thin. Because of the size you'll only be able to cover small books, tiny books, but you'll have variety because these pieces range in color from blues and purples to reds, greens. There is also a large piece of the beige linen that was used on the front right book in the above photo.
Some strips will also be perfect for covering the spine on a traditionally bound book on which the cover boards are both covered in decorative paper.
When I decided at the end of last year that I would take a break from selling my handmade journals, I stopped saving the smaller pieces of bookcloth that I would otherwise use to make my smaller journals (which have always been good sellers). Many of these scraps would go to friends and to teachers I know with no budget for materials.
Well now I've sat with the idea for a bit and it really fits—no journals for sale in 2010. So why should I keep any of these small pieces of bookcloth? I went through my storage bins and pulled everything left that I could find. I could not bear to toss them because I know there is someone out there who loves to make small journals and will enjoy using up these bits (especially as he or she will be receiving them for free). Two pieces are a bit wrinkled but I am including them because they are lovely colors and may glue out flat—but most are lovely and flat and ready to cover little gems of books. Just the kind you make right? Let me know if you're interested. After I draw a name I'll contact that person for a mailing address.