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Circus Book

Working
Working

Makeshift Punching Cradle
Makeshift punching cradle

Circus Book

Circus Book

Circus Book

Circus Book
Circus Book
single-needle coptic binding with waxed linen thread, using repurposed book boards and card stock pages

I used spacers so there would be room to add collage work without stressing the binding. Some people like fat books that won’t close, but I’m not one of those people.

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Tacket Binding and Photo Albums

Tacket Binding

Tacket Binding

Tacket binding using a recycled encyclopedia cover. I’m planning on doing more of these, using the same encyclopedia set.

Sorting Photos

Photo Albums

I also spent the weekend sorting photos and getting a start on putting them into albums. Just when I thought I was finished sorting, I found another box of photos. And then I realized I’m still missing a stash, but I have no idea where they are.

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Jingle Bell Jack Book

Jingle Bell Jack Book

Jingle Bell Jack Book

Skeleton Drawing
Jingle Bell Jack Book
8 x 6 1/4 inches
exposed spine sewn on tapes with waxed linen thread
96 pages recycled from old student work
cover recycled from a creepy children’s book

And finally the point of all that rummaging through old art. I found enough old drawings and sketches that were on decent(ish) paper that I was able to cobble together a nice sized book out of it.

I still have a mountain of old sketches on lightweight paper and newsprint, but those aren’t suitable to binding. I’ll probably tear them up and use them in collage. My end goal is to get rid of the giant box they’re stored in, because it is awkward as hell and a giant pain in the ass to store. It’s going to take me a while, though.

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Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes
exposed spine sewn on tapes
4 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches
handmade paper and recycled boards
14 signature of 2 sheets (56 pages)

I’ve never sewn a binding on tapes before, so I gave it a try. I’d probably make a few small tweaks next time, but it turned out pretty well.

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Recycled Book

Recycled Book
4 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches
7 signatures of 4 pages each
boards and pages from recycled cat food packaging
Coptic bound with waxed linen thread

Happy Earth Day! I celebrated by making a little book from recycled materials.

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To Do and To Finish

To Do and To Finish

I finally finished one book that had been lingering, so there’s hope that I might make some progress on the others. Maybe.

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Hark! An Art!

The Freedom Fighter's Manual

I spent Christmas weekend finishing up work on a collage book I started two years ago. It was enormous (108 pages), so I don’t know when I’ll find the motivation to sit down and scan the whole thing. I did a page-through video, though. (Audio provided by Thomas, who decided that was the perfect time to sit down next to me and chew on his Benebone.)

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Working

Working

Trying to finish The Freedom Fighter’s Manual.

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Bookbinding with Piglet

Piglet Meets a Heffalump Journal, 8 x 6 inches, Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper Coptic bound with orange waxed linen thread #copticbinding #copticstitch #bookbinding #bookarts #artjournals #handmadebooks
Piglet Meets a Heffalump
8 x 6 inches
Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper Coptic bound with waxed orange linen thread

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water Journal, 8 x 6 inches, Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper Coptic bound with black waxed linen thread #copticbinding #copticstitch #bookbinding #bookarts #artjournals #handmadebooks
Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water
8 x 6 inches
Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper Coptic bound with waxed black linen thread

I found these kids’ books at Goodwill today and couldn’t reaist them. I think Piglet would approve.

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Paper, Paper, Paper

Bookbinding #bookbinding #paper #arting

I’ve spent the last four hours tearing down paper. That might not sound too laborious, but it’s 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, so it’s heavy and rough. My hands are sore, so I’m saving the binding work for tomorrow.

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