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Above: The final four books in the group of 20 I started casing in on Friday. The back left book is about 7 x 10 inches and is the thinnest book made, having only 3 signatures. It's a test book with Arches Text LAID (usually I use "wove" now called Velin Arches). The book on the front right has a bit of one of my metallic paste papers and looks much more sparkly in life. It and the small landscape are new papers I'm testing. The green and orange book at the back right is another Gutenberg—a happy standby both in paper and in size (perfect for fitting in just about every bag at 6 x 8 inches).
Sorry about not taking time to get out the gray background and set up lights for any of the 3 photos of these 20 books (see the first portion of this batch here; the second portion here). I'm in putting away mode, not getting stuff out mode. But you get the idea.
And I finished! I ended up binding the final four books Sunday evening. My hands were glad that the marathon experience was over. They are enjoying the break. I'm hoping to fit in a trip to the zoo to sketch to reward them!
I will keep you posted about the papers I'm trying in 2012. I can tell you this about the Arches Text Laid (which as its name implies has a lovely laid texture) it smells every bit as nice as Arches Text Wove (Velin Arches) when you get it wet with your paints. I know this because I made a one-signature pamphlet test booklet (more on this later too) to test this summer (eek, these papers have been waiting patiently to be bound into books).
Speaking of delightful smells. I use clove oil in my paste paper and that book (the blue one) smells heavenly. I had read long ago that clove oil was a deterent to bugs who might like paper so I include it in my paste mixtures (the other option might have been wintergreen and I'm not too keen on that smell). When I use a book covered with my paste paper I think I get a little giddy from the odor. Because of the kitchen "issues" I haven't been able to make paste paper in the breakfast nook for over 7 years. (It might be 9; I think Dottie might have been alive when I last made paste paper. She was so wonderful about not walking on the paper laid out on newsprint all over 3 rooms of hardwood floors to dry. She was a wonderful pup.) It is amazing to me how the remaining sheets of paste paper, and the books I covered with it still have this delightful smell. I wonder how long that will last? When I'm 80 will I still be able to hold one of these books and smell any of the clove oil?
I have to go test some papers. Go be productive. If you bind your own books, bind one (or more today); you know you feel better when you do!