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The Potentiality of the Page

March 26, 2018
A stack of signatures made by tearing down large sheets of Nideggen paper—they await binding.

I write a lot on the blog about using the types of papers that you want to work on so that you can push your work forward in intentional ways.

One of the simplest ways to do that if you work in a bound journal is to bind your own journals with the papers you like, in the size you enjoy working in.

I like to encouraging my binding students to change it up and use different papers so that they can stretch their creative muscles. Trying a new (to them) paper is a great way to do that.

One fun approach is to bind books with toned papers. Nideggen is a toned paper that binds up beautifully.

Registration for the Simple Round Back Spine closes on March 30, 2018. Click here to register.

Despite it’s lightweight it takes watercolor, gouache, inks, color pencil, just about everything. It is one of my favorite papers to work with. That’s one of the reasons I use it as one of the two papers selections when I’m teaching the Simple Round Back Spine. 

I know students will get repeatable great results with it when binding, and I know they will enjoy working on it once it’s bound. 

Here’s an example of how watercolor holds its own on the light tan paper. 

Here is an example of quick sketching with color pencil on this tan paper.

It’s also great with gouache and textured backgrounds, though I pretty much cover the background here. 

If you’re interested in changing up your drawing practice and want to try something new I encourage you to sign up to take the Simple Round Back Spine online class. Registration ends on March 30 and class begins on March 31.

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    • Christine K
    • March 30, 2018
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    Oh my goodness! That is just the yummiest picture ever! Only thing better would be the bound books!

    1. Reply

      If you enjoyed seeing that photo you might go check out my Instagram feed where I posted as I worked through making 52 books while recovering from a fractured foot and torn ankle, last fall. Lots of fun photos and lots of yummy books! Thanks for stopping by.

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