street patterns

I’m fortunate to live in a very walkable city full of awesome sidewalk and street imagery that I like to photograph with my smartphone.

Line shapes positive and negative space spaces of color shades of black, Grey and white.  Gravel, concrete spray paint brick stone cracked repairs asphalt sand dirt.  All of this inspires me and seeks to push me into new creative arenas. So I think it’s time to make an inspiration wall with paint,  collected fabrics, images, scraps of
paper, text, photos.

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case bound book

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So what have I made, you might ask.  It is the a pocket sized Case Bound Book covered with paste paper that I made my self. I look at this book and think, “Wow, now I can have “Moleskin” books that I design and enjoy without having to buy one.” This makes me feel very accomplished

The stitching in the photo ended up being covered with book cloth (orange in this case), which is a shame since the stitching is so beautiful.

The paste paper was super fun to make.  I used one of my old rubber stamps, stamping randomly with a paste covered stamp.  Once it dried, I colored the paper with colored pencils using blue, orange and lime green.  After the paste paper was glued to the book cover, I coated the paper with cold wax medium to protect the paper.

Now to do some writing and fill the empty pages…more on this in a later post.

Links:

Cake Flour Paste Paper Recipe (jokingly referred to as ‘adult finger paint’)

Cold Wax Medium

a book for amy

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I’m finishing up a historical bookbinding class so I thought I would share one of my finished books. It is made with a Coptic binding and covered with paste paper that I made.  The pages are simple copy weight paper.  I sent this book to my granddaughter since she is an aspiring writer.  I can’t wait to read her stories.

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