Sunday, May 23, 2010
I made this little book for my friend Johanna's wedding to the lovely Tom yesterday. It's made of watercolour paper, 18 pages inside, some of which flip open to make a three panel spread. It's about 7 1/2 inches square and has a nifty folding closure that is fastened with rich burgundy hemp. I wrote out quotes about marriage on the edges of several of the pages inside. My camera battery was dead-deady-dead, so we had to grab a couple of pictures of it with Greg's phone before we gave it to it's new owners. Poor photos, but I think you get the idea. I hope she fills it up with lots of notes, sketches, keepsakes and photos of their life together.
I really like the way the little spine on the closure allows room to put a title on a sketchbook that can be read when they're stacked on a shelf. I'm constantly looking through reams of identical black coil bound books for something. My idea is to make one hardcover folder, then use these little inserts inside. When it's full, I can take it out of the folder, paint and decorate it's cover and spine, insert another one of these and keep going.
They're smallish, so they could be easily filled up in one trip. I'm using 140 lb watercolour paper. On this one I used binding thread, but I think I'm liking them bound with coloured hemp more. They'd be good trip journals, wine touring notebooks, garden journals, that kind of thing. I'm going to make up a handful of them for my workshop next weekend (Saturday, 1-4, Penticton Art Gallery, part of a two Saturday thing) and see how they go over.