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crumpet
« on: December 29, 2006 12:37:41 AM »

I went on a book making binge this Christmas -- I needed relatively quick gifts, and I wanted to get some practice in.

Small concertina photo albums that can hold about eight 4"x6" photos -- these can be carried around as a book, but they also stand upright when opened out, so the photos can be displayed.  The cover papers from these two were old linocut prints on cartridge paper (I screenprinted the bird on the first one), and I also made one with chiyogami cherry blossom paper.





This is similar, but is smaller and in notebook version... I made two of these for my nephews, and screenprinted some animal illustrations on the inside covers.



Another notebook, with sewn signatures instead of a concertina layout, covered with chiyogami paper:



And finally, a large Chicago-screw-bound photo album for my mother-in-common-law, covered with cherry blossom chiyogami paper.  Her sister is dying from a rapidly degenerative form of motor neurone disease, so we wanted to give her something special.  My partner took really nice photos of everyone in the family, and we put them all in the album.


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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2006 12:58:26 AM »

Ooooo, those are very nice and professional looking.  I love the cover designs.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2006 01:35:29 AM »

i love them all! the first three are my favorite. the designs are amazing. amazing job.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2006 05:14:04 AM »

Thanks. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2006 07:47:12 AM »

Wow!  Those are fantastic!  I really need to learn how to bind... every time I see a journal here I want to make one!  I'm all about folding, though.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2006 09:37:04 AM »

the covers and designs are amazing, I especially love the last two books, the cover on the last is my fave Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2006 12:27:42 PM »

Those all look beatiful - the last two are amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2006 08:51:08 PM »

Wow.. your card looks very pro.. very nice..
and i love your book too, looks so neat..
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2006 01:01:18 AM »

Your books look fantastic. The last photo album is especially lovely. I love the Cherry blossom paper. Looks very classy.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2006 05:28:37 PM »

Those are gorgeous! I do love the last one too with the paper you used.  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2006 06:01:32 PM »

Thanks for the compliments. Smiley

I'm a printmaking student and took an Artist's Books class this year where I learned the bookmaking stuff.  I'd love to do some more technical learning though -- the class was geared more towards ideas and ways of expression than to technique.

The paper on the last two books is Japanese chiyogami paper -- it's available in several art shops here in Australia in big sheets.  It costs a pretty penny, but it's worth every cent...
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2007 03:35:59 AM »

these are beautiful, now i feel like making my own!
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2007 07:36:45 PM »

New books!

Big Ideas journal:





Wolf in Sheep's Clothing journal:



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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2007 08:16:23 PM »

Crumpet,

These are beautiful! I love the last postings.
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2007 05:34:40 AM »

Thanks. Cheesy

I stocked up on book board and glue yesterday, so you can be expecting some more. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2007 06:10:06 PM »

Ohh, so nice.  They all have this nice, clean professional look.  I love the binding you did on the next-to-last one.  The designs on the first few are simple, yet very lovely.  I like how the 2nd looks sort of Asian-y, even though that might not have been your intention.
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2007 07:17:33 AM »

This is so cool! Nice cover design. Especially the last two. And I like how the first few open!
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2007 07:52:45 AM »

Those are great. Not even joking. =] I love the how the colors go together and things. Great job and you dont need pratice
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2007 08:37:06 AM »

You've inspired me to get goin' on learning how to sew bind.  I'm great with the glue and adhesive, I just need to work thread into my repertoire  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2007 01:12:04 PM »

Wow, these are amazing. I really want to learn bookmaking. You say you're from Aus, as am I, where did you buy your supplies?
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2007 12:15:00 AM »

reallllyyy cuteee.
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2007 03:33:44 PM »

Wow, these are amazing. I really want to learn bookmaking. You say you're from Aus, as am I, where did you buy your supplies?

Sorry -- work has eaten my life the past couple of weeks, and I haven't checked in here until now.

Where in Australia do you live?  I'm from Melbourne.  I buy all my supplies from specialty art shops.  Some came from Melbourne Etching Supplies on St David Street in Fitzroy, just off Brunswick St.  A lot of the papers (the black paper, the red tissue paper and the paper used in the pages) came from Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies on Greeves St in Fitzroy.  Most things came from Melbourne Artist's Supplies on Little Latrobe St in the CBD, right near RMIT -- they have the largest range of bookmaking supplies I've come across in any of the stores so far -- bone folders, awls, archival glue, thread, Chicago screws, board, etc..  I also bought the Japanese chiyogami papers from there -- they sell them in A4 size for about $3, or a very large sheet for just under $30 $22.
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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2007 03:36:48 PM »

wow....
can i ask what camera you used to take those pictures?

My partner's beautiful new Canon 400D digital SLR.  I love it so much, even if it isn't actually mine... Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2007 03:48:24 PM »

Oh, and here's my latest book -- I call it the Bright Ideas journal. Smiley  The cover is orange book cloth, and the image on the front is a fragment of an old linocut print.





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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2007 02:35:33 AM »

That book is great as well. Thanks for your answer!
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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2007 04:43:35 PM »

Those are way cool.
How do you cover the end card bits? it's so neat!
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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2007 09:19:19 AM »

They are really brilliant!!Do you possibly have a tute for the photo albums..the first ones?i would love to make one as my mum has hinted she really wants a little album for her handbag to put pics of me and my brother in..and since its mothers day on sun i think im going to make one Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2007 07:43:53 PM »

How do you do the binding? I'm new to making books and it somewhat confuses me. Is there a tute anywhere that I can use?
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