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Having Fun With Book Board Scraps

  In December I wrote, “Five Things To Do When You’ve Got Paper That’s Just Too Bad To Work With.”   In that post I wrote about gessoing over paper that you don’t enjoy working on so that you can still use the paper, but not feel limited by the paper in its manufactured state. […]

All my binding methods can be done at home without any special equipment. I stack my books with heavy art books as weights, there are also some bricks on the top of the stack that didn't make it into the photo. When I'm done binding everything gets put back on the shelves and it's life as normal.

New Adventures in Book Binding

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to add a new entry into this series of posts started way back at the beginning of my blog! A shoulder injury has kept me from binding batches of books. I’ve bound a book now and then so I’d have a special Minnesota State Fair Journal, […]

The completed case. I stamped the date on the spine of the case so it can sit on my bookshelf.

A Slip Case for My 2017 International Fake Journal Month Journal

This year for the April 2017 International Fake Journal Month celebration I created a journal of 30 loose card sheets. Each sheet contained the sketch from one day in the month.  To contain these sketches I decided that I would make a simple slip case using pre-painted watercolor paper. I decided to use a case […]

Stacks of Zerkall Nideggen awaiting binding into visual journals.

Registration Closes Soon For Simple Round Back Spine

  Saturday, July 15 is the final day to register for The Simple Round Back Spine online class that starts the same day. (You can read more about this class at that link.) It’s a detailed class in which I show you how to make an elegant hardcover book with cloth-covered boards and a rounded […]

This shot shows all the signatures I tore down from all of the sheets, including the long strips that were waste from one tear—but which can be further torn and folded to make mini books out of small signatures like the one resting on top of the strips.

Tearing Down Paper for Book Binding—Stacks of Gutenberg

Last year I got the news from Wet Paint that Hahnemühle was discontinuing Gutenberg. It’s one of my favorite papers for binding into art journals. It comes in 3 weights that all take wet media, all work great with gouache, and the thickest weight is also a great support for collage. I happen to love […]

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Review of the Dylusions Creative Journal

If the above video doesn’t play, please click on the YouTube link to view it. Today I am reviewing the Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger Ink. You can find it in many locations via a Google search. There are a variety of sizes for this journal. (I have the 9 x 12 inch journal. There […]

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Wrapping Up My 2017 International Fake Journal

Today I’ve got a gallery of images created in April for 2017 International Fake Journal Month. (Don’t know what IFJM is? Or what fake journal is? Click on the link.) This year’s journal was a loose sheet journal. All the sketch pages were 6-3/16 x 9.25 inches. In keeping with my goal of using what I […]

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Simple Round Back Spine Returns July 15, 2017

My popular bookbinding class, “The Simple Round Back Spine” returns on July 15, 2017. (This is the only time I’ll be offering this class in 2017.) You can read about the class on this page. There you can also download a supply list. Registration is open now through July 15, 2017.   You can click here to […]

9 x 12 inch Kilimanjaro Watercolor paper journal page. Brush pen and watercolor. The turkey was a yard visitor, the quotation was from a movie I was watching that night. Do they mean anything together? No, but I wanted to get the quotation down as I watched the movie. I knew I wanted to laugh and think about it some more. And I have.

Journaling Superstition #20: Your Text and Your Image Need to “Make Sense” Together

Students tell me all the time, “I can’t write in my journal, I don’t have anything profound to say.” Or they worry, “I don’t want to write on my pages because my handwriting is so bad.” Or they fret that, “What I’m thinking about right now and want to write about doesn’t have anything to […]

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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