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« on: October 08, 2010 10:36:09 AM »

I want to bind a book.

I want it to be about the size of a sketchbook I bought from Hobby Lobby a while ago -
here's a picture.

I've figured it to be about 12x9 or 10, but I haven't measured it yet (just found my measuring tape in the cat's stash). It was done with folios, so I need paper to be about 12x18 or 12x20. However, the kicker is that I want this paper to be somewhat heavier duty. The reason I love this sketchbook is that it took SO WELL to my tea staining test adventure (see here). BUT once I tried to stain the creases, the paper got so soggy it came out of the stitching.

To combat this, I want to get the big paper to make into the folios and dye it all BEFORE I put it into the folios. But that's as far as I've gotten. I've got plenty of things to try for the cover and the binding, it's just the paper I'm stumped at. I want a heavier-duty paper, because I'm going to be doing some serious journaling here, so the paper needs to be able to hold up to teastaining and/or light watercolor, as well as some paint, stamping, inking, etc. I know you can make the paper hold up better to these elements through use of a gesso, but I want to preserve the look of that light-tea stained paper (to make it look older).

Can anyone tell me what type of paper they use to bind into books? And where they get this paper? Or any other random tips? I have a TINY bit of bookbinding experience with the envelope book I did, and I want to do some more experimenting before I use 'the real good stuff', but aaaaaany advice, tips, pointers, etc, that anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010 06:09:47 AM »

Hey, recently I've been trying to learn all about book binding and I have finished one book and completed 5 more bookblocks.  I have to say I'm partial to parchment paper, but the block I made out of grey computer printer paper turned out just fine too, I think.  I bet you could use just about anything that you would find acceptable to write on for your purpose.  I also have a nice journal (bought by me not made) with "laid" paper in it that I like very much.  I tend to be a supplies snob, so I have to say parchment and laid are my favorite, but any cotton or linen blend paper is nice too I think, and printer paper would also do.  I am looking for a video on hand making a "book headband" if you know of one.  I'm about to make a post of my own to try to find out.  Thanks! - Sarah   
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010 06:14:23 AM »

OH, sorry , I got some parchment at Hobby Lobby but buying in bulk, say, from Staples or Zepher, is cheaper.  I also found an online site, Paperworks.com, that has some good prices and a great range of inventory, though the shipping cost is a bit much.   There are some really good teaching vidoes on YouTube.com, but I could not find one for making the headband.  What about watercolor art paper for your tea dying?   
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