Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Making Books

All over Blogland these days I see books being made.  Inspired by the work of Norma, Connie Rose, Kim and other artists, I took a recent Saturday and made a couple of books myself. 
A modest beginning, my books
I used stuff laying around the studio such as prints from the ginormous stack of gelatin monoprints I have accumulated while learning that process, and didn't document my efforts - this time.  It was VERY satisfying!
I cut my covers too small by a quarter inch and had to do some trimming of the frontspiece, but really don't mind - I am learning.
One thing I really enjoy about book making is the blend of stitching and gluing that goes into the fun.

And of course, I wanted an integral book mark.  I am using this little volume for my current 'day runner' list of things to do book.
The other book is larger and comprised of monoprints on standard copy paper, folded in half.

I plan to use this book as a drawing journal.

Hope your week is a creative one.  I am so glad today is my Friday at the Mighty Mighty Day Job, and tomorrow I start my studio week!


  1. GREAT books, sus. So glad you're having fun with this. I need to make a few more myself! Enjoy your studio week. xo

  2. Love the different papers in the small one and very much like all the prints in the bigger one !
    Good start ! Have a good studio time !!!

  3. Wonderful idea! I love your little book :)

  4. Isn't learning wonderful, Sus! Have a wonderful studio weekend. xo Carole

  5. isn't it great how we stimulate one another to explore and try new things, your larger book looks very beautiful, are you going to draw on these monoprint pages? exciting! i look forward to see the results, xx

  6. This is marvelous!!! I think I would hesitate to draw on the pages, but that will be another layer of exploration and invention.

    I plan to stop in briefly on Friday, and would love to take a peek at this.

  7. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Nice beautiful work Sus! Love these tons. N, xo

  8. WOW. Beautiful books Sus! I love making books, and yours are just beautiful. I love your monoprint pages. I don't know if I would be brave enough to draw on them as they are so beautiful the way they are, although I love the idea to add to them.... I hope you share some pictures if you do draw on them. ENJOY your weekend!


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