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Books, Books, Books: An Impromptu Batch

January 18, 2010

I clear up some projects, bind and impromptu batch of books and announce a bookcloth scraps give away.

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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.

  1. Reply

    Roz,
    Please put my name in the hat! I think I could make good use of your leftovers.
    Thanks,
    Briana

  2. Reply

    What a nice and generous idea. I would love to be included in your drawing for the bookcloth.

    Chris

    • Miriam
    • January 18, 2010
    Reply

    Roz, how do you paint your covers? When I try to make something like that it just doesn’t look right:( During the holidays I made my first journal and I loved it! It is far from perfect, I made an extra hole on the signatures, I glued the headband too close to the head, etc., but still it was a lot of fun! I wish I could take one of your classes! But I live in Austin, TX. Have you thought about making a DVD and selling it for people like me who cannot take your classes? I would buy it! 🙂

    • Chris
    • January 18, 2010
    Reply

    Well I’m finally taking a class to learn to do casebound books, so I’d love some scraps so I can practice what I learn!

    • annebanan
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    I love scraps and I use them in many ways to make books. Some might be for a small book, others to piece together on a larger book. Pick me! Pick me!

  3. Reply

    What a beautiful new crop of books!! I would hurry through my current journal to get to one of the new ones….you have converted me to the wonders of Text Wove! I’ve made several journals with it and do enjoy it….

    And I would enjoy using the bits and pieces of book cloth you’re offering, so please put my name in the hat!

    Carol C.

  4. Reply

    Hi Roz – I would love to win pieces of book cloth! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  5. Your journals are always SO LOVELY, Roz!
    I do love making smaller journals that I can carry everywhere; someday I hope they come close to the quality of yours (I’ve seen one you gave Kate in person).

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Miriam thank you. I have written about how I do decorative paper a couple times, but because I don’t have a search engine specific to this blog I can’t find them (525 or so posts to remember is too much for me!). Basically I paint my covers using acrylic paints, acylic inks, anything that won’t rub off—it has to be waterproof. I use full or half sheets of 22 x 30 inch watercolor paper (140 lb. was my favorite for quite awhile and it wraps well despite the thickness; I also use 90 lb. wc and Strathmore Aquarius is an 80 lb. paper that I use.)

    The paper you use will influence the paint acceptance. I wrote a post about this, hmmm.
    I found it
    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2009/02/paper-choices-fitting-the-paper-to-the-technique.html

    Go to that post and read about the various papers and the need to experiment and find out what captures the look you need. There are swatches that show differences.

    You might just have a paper you’re not comfortable with. Or you might be working too small.

    Believe me the large sheets (and there’s a post showing these somewhere but I can’t find it) look very odd as large sheets, but it’s when you crop them down and find the bits of them that you love, that they look fun on your books. So work with at least half sheets, all the way to the edge.

    Also think about color theory as you work. What colors mixed with what other colors are going to give you the look you want—bright and vibrant looks are best achieved with analogous colors, for moody looks throw in complements or near complements. And work with a limited palette.

    Keeping in mind the bookcloth you have on hand!!! I have a pain of a time matching blue bookcloth to decorative paper as there are so many blue paints with a green tinge that don’t go with the fabrics I tend to buy. But you work it out and find a response. Find a different direction to go, away from “matching.”

    Hope this helps. Don’t forget to put newspapers down! (I put newspapers on the floor, put the papers on top of that, and kneel with my gardening pad!!! Easier clean up that way.)

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Miriam, I do hope to prepare a DVD, but that’s next year’s project at the earliest. Thank you for being interested! I’ll keep you posted.

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Carol, I’m so glad that you enjoy Arches Text Wove (Velin)! I would hurry through the current journal, but it is a very special paper (Lion’s cover, now defunct) and so I’m trying to enjoy it—but I’m almost finished. Then I have the Stonehenge tester to go through. But I will get to that purple book soon!!! I haven’t even put it on the storage shelf.

    I’ve added your name to the hat for the book cloth.

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Vicky, thanks. Keep making books. The more you make the better your skills become, it’s like playing the piano, or painting, or a hundred other things. If you’ve seen Kate’s then you must be fortunate to be a drawing friend or student, so there’s some major inspiration to keep filling up your journals (and make more!).

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    If I haven’t answered your comment directly, don’t worry, it just means your email didn’t need an answer. But everyone one here will go into the hat for the drawing, along with anyone else who writes in before Sunday and tells me that they make small books. I’m so glad that these pieces will find a home and become small book coverings.

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Miriam, I just realized that you said you lived in Austin. Well you need to seek out the fabulous bookartist Wendy Hale Davis. She teaches bookbinding and lives in Austin.

    Go to her blog
    http://worldbridger52.blogspot.com/
    to find out more about her and to get to her website link and so on.

    She is a friend, a FABULOUS ARTIST and PERSON, and her books are stunning. You can take classes with her!

  6. Reply

    Your books are so gorgeous! Please put my name in for the drawing. I would love to use some of your scraps.

    Kathy

    • Miriam
    • January 19, 2010
    Reply

    Roz, thank you so much for your replies! You may be right, I’ve been working on small pieces of paper. I’ll try a big one and see what happens. And thanks for the link to Wendy’s blog! 🙂

  7. Reply

    They are absolutely beautiful…………!!

    • Roz
    • January 21, 2010
    Reply

    Will Do Kathy, thanks. (I added more pieces to the pile after some more searching!)

    • Roz
    • January 21, 2010
    Reply

    Thank you Mai-Britt.

    And Miriam, I’m glad the suggestions were helpful. Big sheets are amazing. It is so fun when I teach these techniques in class to see what the students come up with on their larger sheets. Often after the painting they don’t think they have anything, but when they cut the piece down for their book, WOW. And 90 percent of the time people’s papers match their outfits! It’s so fun to watch this happen!!

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