Weeks ago I started what will be my 5th hand-bound book of the summer, and just yesterday, I finally put the finishing touches on it. The only reason it took this long to finish is that I’ve got a number of projects going simultaneously, as always, and work on this book had to fit in around the edges of everything else. One of my art-making goals is to use what I already have as much as possible, and in this case I already had a collection of suede scraps of assorted colors and sizes, decorative paper for endpapers, plain paper for text blocks (some pre-cut from an earlier book), and linen thread shared by a friend.
Here are photos to illustrate the process:
Then I decided that the pages needed a little oomph to go with the leather…
I love and collect decorative papers the way some people collect beautiful fabrics or yarn, so when I go into my stash to find just the right thing, the number of good choices can make deciding difficult. The hand-painted paper I picked for the endpapers seemed to go best with a green thread, the cover, the stained pages, and the overall feel of the book.
As for what will go inside this book, that remains to be seen!