Sunday, August 24, 2014

It Was a Book Day...

Recently my art journal class has been interested in making their own books so I've been trying out a few more styles. Being the teacher means I have to know how to do it before I can show someone else! I have taken several book binding classes...a couple with Mary Ann Moss and also some with Julie Prichard but it was several years ago. I've been wanting to do more book binding but just never seemed to do it. With a new incentive I got busy.

The Coptic binding has always interested me so that was the first one I tried.

This book is about 7" x 11"...the covers were from a Japanese cookbook leftover from my book selling days. I covered it with painted newspaper. Inside I used 140 lb watercolor paper. I'm pleased with how it turned's nice and tight but not too tight. A perfect new art journal!!

My next attempt was Japanese stab binding...
(there's kind of a Japanese theme here!)

This one is very basic. I used the backs from paper pads as the covers, and plain printer paper for the pages. It's the size of the printer paper...8.5" x 11"...this will be used for quick sketches or notes.

If you're interested in learning these techniques I found some excellent videos on YouTube by Sea Lemon.

I had a fun day learning new techniques that I can share in my class, and I'm sure I'll be making more of these books in the future. Books have always been a huge part of my life, whether reading them, collecting them or selling them, and now I can add making them. I am definitely a book gal!

PS - I'm also working on a new painting. I should be able to share it with you in a day or so. And I also have another project in the works...the one I gave you a teaser of with the foam board. That will be coming up soon, too. 

Have a happy day!!! 


  1. Love your book binding...I like the metal binding because it opens flat!! I recently saw a person recycle a regular binder in to a book cover...Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. I am impressed with the book binding I have tried both of those and even taken a class to no book binder here

  3. The book is lovely -- I have trouble with binding; I should look up the instructions for this version. I like it very much.

  4. I love the Japanese binding techniques, so pretty. Nice work there lady. xox

  5. My favorite to make is the coptic stitch.

  6. Janet, having recently delved into a collage class I am all excited to do more. I love the altered book!
    Congrats on your awards, too. Way to go!


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