Thanks! This was a while ago, the case has changed since. Now my boyfriend's pc is watercooled so he got a new side panel with a window on the side without Rosie so you can see all the goodies inside. What did your boyfriend do? People do some really crazy stuff. My boyfriend and I are always planning out his next case!
Watercooled.. my boy would freak out over that. He is always threatening to hook up some elaborate watercooling system that involves giant pvc pipes through the apartment and fluid exchange with my fishtank!
His case isn't as elaborate as this one, or themed.. it's his first attempt. Looks really professional though, I'm always so impressed with what they can do to those ugly cases. He cut holes and put plexi behind them to make windows on each side, added some interior lights, and topped it off with fancy fans. I'd be afraid to see what would happen if he had more money to devote to the project--although there are definitely worse things to be addicted to... and helping with the planning sounds like a lot of fun.
Great job!! These look fantastic. I am a big fan of tie-closures on books, and I like the way you did the decoupage covers too. What did you use to do it? Modge-podge?
Bookbinding question: when I do a Coptic-stitched book, I tend to sew boards on as covers, but leave the spine exposed, not covered with board or paper or fabric -- or glue. Pretty traditional, but I like the way the exposed stitching looks. How well does the book open if you glue the spine into the spine of the book? Do the pages lay flat for writing?
Another easy way of attaching a sewn textblock into a cover is by pasting the first and last pages to the insides of the cover, but not gluing the spine.. that way the spine still has plenty of flex.
Phew! Sorry for the lengthy post, I just got all excited and curious when I saw your lovely books. Nice work!!
Hahaha! That is so awesome!!! I can't believe no one has replied yet. I love it. The use of kiddie-patterned fabric, colors, and cushy look make it so playful -- something the obelisk never dreamed it would be! Amazing. Definitely deserves a better installation environment than a workshop. Keep up the great work.
Aah! My boyfriend gets home from his computer tech job any second and I can't wait to show him this! He did mods to his case over Christmas -- he'll freak over this. The theme is awesome, nice take on "patriotic", and you did such a fantastic job on it!! Congratulations!
I recently decorated a plain white t-shirt that I was sick of with fabric paint and even though it was really simple when I was working on it, it took me forever to get around to working on it! I used a stencil and in regular pencil (my fabric pencil didn't want to work) and wrote song titles of theirs. Then I used black fabric paint and went over all of the song titles exept Yellow Submarine which I did in yellow. It turned out great and I'm going to wear it tommorow for the first time!
your t-shirt sounds so awesome! i love the design idea of the yellow lettering in the middle of all the black. post a picture, if you can!
I love papermaking, and reusing paper is a cheap and easy way to do it. I don't think the juice cartons will work though, or at least not hold up well -- any paper carton that is designed to hold liquid has some kind of a coating on it -- otherwise the juice would soak right through. Stick to things like computer paper if you can -- your handmade paper will last longer. Newspaper, cardboard, etc. have acid in them that will eventually turn your gorgeous handmade creations yellow and crumbly. Hope this helps!
Yay for felted beads!! I am in a fibers class right now, and one of my classmates combined her felted beads with the coiling technique we learned.. she is coiling a basket with some raffia-type material and using the felted beads as spacers around the top portion. It looks so cute. Wish I had a picture to show everyone.
Anyway, I would really love some info about dyeing wool with Koolaid! We have access to the fiber-reactive dyes and chemicals, but it would be fun to play with something different, and Koolaid colors are so bright! Do they fade quickly? Bleed? Do you use other chemicals? Any info would be fantastic. Thanks!
I think you could really just glue smallish loops of ribbon or strong yarn onto the inside of the hard covers of an existing journal, if you need one right away. If you want to make it yourself, one quick and easy book structure is the pamphlet stitch: http://www.gaspereau.com/sew.html start on the outside and leave long strings to loop around the book and tie/lock shut. Hope this helps!