Bookbinding and mixed media are two techniques that are inseparable for me. While I love bookbinding (quite a new love for me since last year) and I loved the results from my first workshop, the books I created with readily available paper (as beautiful and expensive it may have been) were quite unimpressive compared to the ones where I used some of my own printed paper. The paper was printed using handmade gelatin printing plates, they work like the commercial available gelli plates or gel press plates.
I wrote a tutorial a while ago for Art Elements about how to create your own little book pendant and showed ideas for book covers (have a look here). I stayed with the same size for the book covers I made there (it will be a small book) but went a little bit further in the embellishment of the covers itself. This is not a tutorial but rather an inspirational blog post (it is also a finished project and not another one of my UFOs).
When I say I went a little bit further with the embellishments, I mean this in a way I added some raised or 3 dimensional areas. Both, front and back, are covered with a layer of resin. I love the glass like look the resin creates and how much more depth the colours gain.
While the front cover is directly painted on the cardboard I used for the covers, the back cover has an additional layer of textured polymer clay on top. If you know my jewelery work, you may already be familiar with this look from me.
I know, such a tiny wee book and I write a whole blog post about it. But for me this represents a step further into the kind of bookbinding or rather bookmaking I want to go to. This book in itself represents a lot of experimental techniques in one. I think a lot of us have these mix-all-together-experimental pieces, no?
The tactile properties of an object is highly relevant for me, not only shape and colours (or the look of the texture) but rather how it feels. This is true (again) for my jewelery and beads but also the other “stuff” (or what do you say to a mixed range of things… just things…? 😉 ) I create. This books just invites one to play with it.
I drilled some holes into the covers (one basic tool: my beloved Dremel!) and bound it together with the pages using coptic stitching (you can find a lot of online tutorials for this, but believe me, if you sew, it will be good to understand, if you do anything remotely connected to macrame, it will be easy). It is a little bit rough since the paper was really thick and I covered them already with acrylic paint. In hindsight maybe not the best idea, but how should I know without trying first? I also left space in between because I want to add to the pages later on. I want to use it as my miniature art journal.
And hey, I even tried to capture the book on video! It may be a little bit awkward but this is due to the fact that my other hand had to hold my camera. But you will get a better impression of the size as well as the colours (and I really like to play with it, too).
Thank you for joining me. I hope you like my little book as much as I do! Also I am always curious for any other tips, tricks and inspirations. Until next time 🙂