A New Batch of Books, Part 3: The Final Four

December 27, 2011

See the post for complete details.


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!

    • Zoe
    • December 27, 2011

    Roz, I’ve been thinking about the cloves and wondering if you also add it to your glue and how much of it you add for the paste paper. Do you have a special recipe for it?

    And as always lovely books I would love to use.

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    Zoe, it’s just a couple drops to a big batch of paste. The oil is really potent! I do have recipes for the various pastes I like to use, but because I haven’t done it in so long I don’t recall it off the top of my head. (I think the one I like best has cornmeal in it but I might have switched to rice paste so you can see it isn’t clear in my head.)

    I can’t get to any boxes of files from that long ago right now (too difficult to explain what’s going on here) but if you remember to ask again at the end of January I’ll have some time when I can actually go looking for it.

    • Miss T
    • December 27, 2011

    Roz, your books are so, so beautiful.

    • Zoe
    • December 27, 2011

    Thanks, Roz, I’ll put the question on my follow up list. See you next year.

    • Leslie Schramm
    • December 27, 2011

    I’ve some Winsor And Newton Burnt umber, made in austerity times in the early 1950’s, as sugar and honey was rationed,W+N used a few drops of clove oil to keep the paint moist in the tube, can still smell it when you open the tin where I squeezed it out into a full size pan ( the contents vary depending what I fancy in the paint box, this is a storage tin ), perhaps 15 years ago; it’s not used often as it’s very old and who knows how stable; though I’d guess it’s fine.Have used Daniel Smiths’ Monte Amiata Sienna and Lunar Earth, plus Umton Barvy’s Burnt Yellow ochre as earth tones for ages; but sometimes have a change to reflect the mood of the day. Liked all books too, the first set posted had a wonderful cover or two that appealed to a big hairy bloke; enjoy the paper testing. Although there’s always a moment to paint/doodle/plan in every day have got a clear Thursday in prospect. Suggestions for what turns up to disrupt the painting day welcomed.

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    Leslie, I love hearing that the older paint still has a clove smell. It makes me happy to look forward to the clove smell for years to come.

    I hope that your Thursday is not disrupted and that you do get to paint!

    You might not get M. Graham watercolors there and if you can they might be very expensive because of shipping, but they have some lovely earth reads and such.

    And I tried some new Daniel Smith earth colors too. Right now I could actually use them for landscapes because we have no snow!

    Have a great Thursday sketching.

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    Zoe, thanks for remembering. I won’t be sane until the end of January.

  4. Reply

    Thank you Miss T. And they smell good!

    Now that they are finished and waiting on the table in orderly piles I feel quite good about finishing them and relieved that I finally got to them (as the binding of some of these was put off for so long). I’m hoping to organize things differently next year!


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