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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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Red Book

Coptic bound book with 90 lb black Stonehenge paper 6 1/2 x 5 inches #books #bookarts #bookbinding #copticbinding #exposedspinebindings #handmadebooks #handboundbooks
90 lb black Stonehenge paper with boards recycled from a children’s game, Coptic bound with waxed linen thread
6 1/2 x 5 inches

I moved some junk around and, of course, found a big Rubbermaid tub of collage and paper stuff I’d squirreled away. In there was some paper I’d torn down for a book, and I’d even cut the boards. So I thought I’d bind it. Once everything is assembled, a basic Coptic binding goes quickly. I think this one took me 15 minutes.

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Tiny Books

Tearing down recycled paper for binding. #books #bookbinding #bookarts #artistbooks #recycling

I spent the afternoon tearing down a bunch of crappy paper into book-sized pieces. Reduce, reuse, recycle! I have enough for a total of five regular coptic bound books plus two single sheet coptic books.

I finished the two smaller books.

Miniature Coptic Bound Book 3 x 3 inches #bookbinding #bookarts #books #copticbinding #handmadebooks #handboundbooks

This one is 3 x 3 inches. The pages are made from the tail-end of some totally unacceptable chipboard-type cardstock that I love shamelessly. I’m sure it’s brimful of acid and other vile things, and I do not care.

Miniature Coptic Bound Book 3 x 2 7/8 inches #bookbinding #bookarts #books #copticbinding #handmadebooks #handboundbooks

The second one is 3 x 2 7/8 inches. It’s filled with heavy, light blue, cold press paper that was the outer portfolio for a bunch of ritzy old master posters. The portfolio paper was too nice to throw away, so I hung on to it.

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