flax paper

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This is a book I bound for myself; Witchcraft and the Black Art by J.W. Wickwar, second printing from 1927. Half bound in fine chocolate brown Harmatan goatskin, with handsewn French headbands and black endpapers. Covered with flax paper. You might remember that dirty, foxed edge from a previous post. I wanted the look and feel of the new binding to be sympathetic to that edge I liked so much.

What I wanted from this one was a simple, straightforward project to ease my mind whenever I wasn’t working on anything else. Now this piece is in a lovely, readable condition. It used to be a cloth binding coming loose from its covers. So, success. I would have preferred smaller type for the lowercase titling but there wasn’t any, so I’m satisfied with what I got. I took these pictures before adding a few tooled lines but you get the idea!

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Happy FMA Day!

I’ve had in mind a few ideas for themed, handmade books for a while now, and while thinking about what I could draw for FMA Day, I thought - why not make a book?

It’s been quite a while since I bound, but I missed it. :3 The cover sheets, both blue and yellow, were handmade and hand-dyed by me. Blue is flax paper, yellow is either bamboo or cotton… they looked nearly identical once I made them so I have a hard time telling which is which o.o

I cheated for these photos because I need a binding break and I wanted to be sure to post it in time, so the sheets aren’t currently sewn in. There will be 64 pages of creme Canson Edition drawing paper inside. It works really well for dry media, and I’ve used ink with no issue and watercolors with just a little extra drying time!

(Message me if you’re interested - I can also make custom books :3)

Needle-weaving the spine of a longstitch journal. The weekend has been quiet so far and mostly consisted of drawing, tea-drinking, medium format photography and the winter sun. At home my bookbinding ergonomy is often along the lines of crouching in front of the window and holding things between my knees. I’ve yet to learn to be this comfortable (“ ”) in public.