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New Year’s Day Activities

January 7, 2011

A quick note on how I spent part of New Year’s Day.

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Above: two mini journals I bound at the end of New Year's Day. (Those are dark purple splotches on the cover at the back.)

I just wanted to report that New Year's Day went off well for me! However, we wound down to bedtime I realized I hadn't done one thing I really wanted to include—I hadn't bound any books.

I had some small signatures already torn and punched, waiting for sewing and casing. In a flurry of activity (measure twice, cut once) I cut boards, fabric, and decorative paper from scraps I had on hand. (Actually I had one scrap of bookcloth which was long and just the right height and by making books with it I actually eliminated the need to put the scrap away! I like cleaning up like that.)

With 15 minutes to spare until bedtime I got these two small journals (about 3 x 4, and 4 x 3 each) under weights. So January 2 there were two happy little books ready to greet me. I can savor that taste of binding until I have time to bind at the end of January!

During the day I also got over to Como Zoo. It was 9 degrees F. The winds were 25 mph. Walking between buildings was a real treat—I'll share some of that with you another day.

  1. Reply

    Your hand bound journals are really beautiful! Thank you for all of the informative posts too!

    • Debbie L
    • January 7, 2011
    Reply

    Roz, I LOVE your book covers. They look hand painted. What material are you using? Fabric? Paper? You showed some covers the other day and I had the same thought.

  2. Reply

    Sheryl, thanks for reading. I’m glad you liked the journals. I appreciate the comment.

  3. Reply

    Debbie, thanks. All the decorative papers I use for my book covers are handpainted. Some are paste paper, others like the two in this picture are simply painted without paste. I use paints and past on a variety of papers, depending on the effect I want to get with the paper.

    You can read more about this at my post
    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2009/02/paper-choices-fitting-the-paper-to-the-technique.html

    https://rozwoundup.com/bb11.html
    shows you some paste paper versions (3 in the center of the front row, and tallest book in the back are all paste paper).

    https://rozwoundup.com/bb9.html
    is also paste paper options, but the red book is marbled paper—I love marbled paper but I don’t make it. I made the sheet used to make this little book at a marbling demo where we were each able to make a few sheets. I had to draw the line somewhere. I find that paste paper wears a bit more on my journals than the marbled paper does and so I favor it for durability.

    I also hand-paint my own fabric and turn it into book cloth.
    https://rozwoundup.com/bag206.html

    And sometimes I just paint the boards
    https://rozwoundup.com/bag217.html

    Have fun with your experiments.
    I use fabric paints for that.

    • Christina Trevino.
    • January 8, 2011
    Reply

    Love them!

  4. Reply

    Thanks Christina, I hope your new year is going along really well!

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