Oooh this was so much fun to make, just a different use for the many mini books I have been making lately. Demand has been really high at the craft fairs but people definitely want choices so I am making loads more, if they dont all sell then its more for xmas stockings.
Posted in Books, Craft fairs
Tagged book, bookbind, bookbinding, Books, craft, create, design, handmade, keyring, mini, sew
Just a bit of an update on the apple book that I did, well I tried to make a pear to go with it, unfortunately I have temporary run out of old books to cut up, and chose to use something a bit more modern. The paper was too thick and the spine too stiff, so although you get the idea from the photo, the final version will definitely be made from an old poetry book just like the apple was.
I bought some packs of beautiful printed coloured papers from India. The texture of the papers is really delicious, and the colours are so vivid and lovely to work with. I just made some simple small notebooks with ivory paper inside. Each one a different cover. The covers are made from card not too thick, so the covers have some flexibility and the books are not too heavy.
I have been drawing small images for a long time, but as lovely as they are to draw, they never really turn into anything. Deciding that everything really should matter and be a part of something, I decided to print out these pages of little squares (well, almost squares) and started to fill them in. I was looking at houses in the desert in Mexico for a project I did in university about 3 years ago, and something about them stuck with me. After looking through the sketchbooks of the incredible talented and simple illustrations of Tom Gauld (see my links for his website) I decided to create these images. I didn’t get to fill a whole page but have posted them as individual images on my Flickr page, I can’t wait to get up in the morning and finish the page, I have so many more ideas. And a huge thank you of course to Tom for his inspirations. I have been following his work each week in the Guardian newspaper. Great stuff. The plan is to turn these into a little book for the upcoming artists book fair in Manchester.
Posted in Books, illustration
Tagged book, buildings, cactus, desert, doodles, dwelling, illustration, mexico, palm tree, pen and ink
I have been folding books for a while now, making shapes from books and it’s been really enjoyable, but I took this really old poetry book with really thin pages, and removed the cover before trimming it into the apple shape, then rubbed the edge with a sandpaper block and dipped it in ink (mixture of brown and yellow). I rubbed some pages in the ink diluted with water, and it all wrinked and stuck together. I took the first and last page and stuck them together before blowing the whole thing with the hairdryer on hot which puffed the thing up like it is now, and added a bit more crinkle to the pages. Yum. It feels lovely to touch.
Just this idea for Book Birds, my book making side of things. Kind of a play on a few things, being from Liverpool, thinking about the Liverbirds, and making books.
There is the colour version and the rubber stamp, keeps the logo idea but changes it enough for different applications.
Posted in illustration
Tagged acrylic, birds, book, book birds, design, hand carved, ink, logo, painted, pen, rubber stamp, watercolour
I bought myself one of those staplers that can go through loads of pieces of paper at once the other day. I wanted to staple loads of papers together that I had lying around the place, just to keep them together really. But Then I came across this idea for a binding using one of these staplers. Anyway it seems to work as long as the spine is no thicker than the papers. It’s lovely that the front cover opens flat, would be nice to use for binding artwork or photographs together.