Saturday, September 30

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: September / Flora and Fauna

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for September was Flora and Fauna, which led to some really interesting creations.


For my book, I used 2 techniques that I've been interested in: flower pounding and eco-printing (or botanical printing).


For the pages, I tried botanical printing on paper for the first time! I loosely followed this tutorial on YouTube. I used plants from my yard, including cotoneaster, oak, coleus, clematis, peony, raspberry, and others.

Layering the plants between the pages.
Boiling the bundle between two boards.
One page finished and drying.


I was delighted and surprised with the variety of colours and textures that came through. I'll definitely be doing botanical printing again!

For the covers, I printed the fabric with flower pounding. Since I most often work with recycled materials, I chose a thrifted hemp shirt because I loved the texture and softness of the weave, and deconstructed it. I only used the sleeves for this project. 

I layered leaves and flowers from my garden
randomly between two pieces of fabric.

I gathered leaves and flowers from my garden and layered them between the sleeves, which I placed on top of a granite block. I wanted an abstract effect, so I placed them randomly. Then I pounded the fabric with a hammer until the colour from the plants came through. 


I picked off as much of the plant remains as I could, and let the fabric dry.


Once dry, I gently rubbed off any remaining plant material with a table knife. 


Hemp may not have been the best choice, as I did make several holes in the fabric with the pounding. 

Left--after heat setting.
Right--before heat setting.

After heat setting, I made bookcloth the fusible way. You can see in the picture above how the colours changed with heat setting. I used the side of the fabric that did not make direct contact with the plants, as it had a softer look.

Ready for sewing!

 I'm very happy with how this little book turned out!



To see more Flora and Fauna themed books made for the Instagram challenge, check out the hashtag #areyoubookenough on instagram!

Thursday, August 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: August / Heart

 The theme for August for the #areyoubookenough bookbinding challenge on Instagram was Heart.


I didn't get a book made this month on the theme, but here's a little peek into my favourites for the month:


Feel free to follow along on Instagram, using the hashtag #areyoubookenough, to see what inspiring creations are being made around the world on each month's theme.

Monday, July 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: July / Formation

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for July was Formation, which could be interpreted in many different ways.


First steps of my book for July. 



Formation can be the process of being formed, and I wanted to try my hand at creating paper cloth or fabric paper for my cover. I started with a lightweight cotton fabric piece, and spread thinned PVA all over it. 


Then I layered tissue from old sewing patterns until I had 2-3 layers of tissue (with more glue brushed over each layer) covering the fabric.


It took a couple of days to dry completely, but once it was dry, I cut my cover piece, layered another fabric piece under it, and sewed random lines all over it with my sewing machine. (Random, but still in formation.) The end result is kind of like leather, and easy to work with. It gets softer and more pliable the more you work with it.


Then I stitched around the outside to give it a nice clean finish.


For the pages, I used handmade papers, again thinking of the process of forming the paper itself, as this journal was created.



I used a simple longstitch binding, with the stitching in nice neat rows on the spine (formation....).


I thought this vintage button complemented the design nicely.




Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to see how other participating artists interpreted the theme. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Friday, June 30

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: June / Hardware Store

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. After the heavy theme of Grief in May, the theme for June was much lighter: Hardware Store.


For this month's theme of #hardwarestore , we were to find some materials at a hardware store that aren't normally used for bookbinding. My book is a Jacob's Ladder book structure, which can also be a toy. 

video

The first thing I did when planning my book was to head over to my local ArtsJunktion instead of the Hardware Store. I knew I would find linoleum samples and other hardware materials there, that had been discarded by local businesses. So win-win for me and the environment!


Next, I painted a tyvek mailing envelope, also found at ArtsJunktion, to cut into the ribbons holding it together. I love the texture of the veins in the tyvek when you paint it!



Construction wasn't too difficult, and I only messed up once when attaching the layers together! I forgot to criss-cross the ribbons, and ended up with a solid block of layers. To make it easy, I used Sookwang two sided tape as the adhesive.



Here are a few more pictures of my finished book: 




And one more video of the book in action:


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Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the imaginative creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Wednesday, May 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: May / Grief

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for May was Grief. However you interpret it, art/creating is very therapeutic in working through grief. I'm sure this month was very emotional for a lot of us, but it was good.



Here's my entry for May:


I thought a Rebound Journal would be fitting with the theme, and this title called out to me from my shelf of books. 


What comes to mind when you journey through grief? Here are some of the words I felt as I created my book for this month
-unraveling 
-woven and stitched back together 
-patched up
-journeying 

-ongoing endless journey 
-uphill climb
-darkness 

-loose threads
-unfinished 

-altered, changed
-emptiness, holes 

-torn apart 
-don't talk about it 
-keep it inside 
-get over it 
-healing 
-light
-joy
-happy memories 

-hope




I used a variety of techniques to express these emotions through the pages. Here's a little slideshow of my book to show you inside:


And when it's all said and done, close it up and keep things under wraps (with a button).


Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the thoughtful creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Sunday, April 30

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: April / Nature Walk



I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for April was Nature Walk. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!


I had very good intentions of completing a book on the theme #naturewalk for the #areyoubookenough#bookbindingchallenge for April. But with preparations for the #winnipegetsy Spring Market and the deadline for #incometax coinciding, it didn't happen. I will save my idea and it might come to fruition in another month, and I'll be able to start next month's in time.

Friday, March 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: March / Time


I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for March was Time. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Here's my entry for March:



In an age of fast fashion, fast food, and instant gratification, I wanted to do something that was all about slow process and old supplies. 



Using only materials that I had on hand, I laid out some patchwork cotton fabric pieces on a muslin foundation, and slowly stitched them together #Borostitchstyle. 




I used beautiful rayon threads that I found at a thrift shop ages ago. 



The colours were brighter than I wanted my finished book to be, so I tea dyed the patchwork to age and dull the colours. This worked really well.



I soaked the patchwork piece overnight in the tea bath.



I used another tea dyed vintage linen on the inside of the cover. 



The pages are also slow--handmade papers made locally @botanicalpaperworks and sourced at my local @artsjunktion .

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the hashtag #AreYouBookEnough on Instagram to be delighted and inspired by other makers around the world!