Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mmmmmmmm....

There is something deeply satisfying about creating a journal. It's full of potential, almost a book...



I made this journal, with Japanese stab binding, in a class which ended yesterday. I didn't select my most beautiful paper for the first book, because I figured I would screw it up, but I'm pleased with the way the handmade Japanese paper looks.

On the inside, I used three different papers: a soft Italian printmaking paper called Magnani; Niggedden (Roz Stendahl's favorite paper) and 90 lb. Arches watercolor paper.

I've taken two book making classes in the past few months. In the first class I learned to make simple pamphlet and folding books, which I found equally satisfying.

A few hours very well spent...

6 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

It looks beautiful, Sharon! I am not familiar with this method--I'll have to read up on it. Great job!

willow said...

It's really lovely, Sharon. I enjoyed your studies in oil, as well!

Kathy McCreedy said...

Your book is beautiful... I'm not usually a big fan of how the stab bindings look, but I must say, yours might be the most carefully executed, prettiest one I've ever seen (mind you I'm not an expert on handmade books, but I know what I like)! Brava!

laura said...

Beautiful book, Sharon. I took a one-day book-making workshop--and left at the end of the day with three different types of books: it was one of the most satisfying experiences I've ever had! I felt like a kindergartner rushing home with my art project.

Sherry said...

This is just simply beautiful. Wow.

Robyn said...

That is such a classy book, Sharon. Looks like it would cost the earth! Really beautiful binding. How clever.