Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A Little Crazy, But Lots of Fun

I decided to try to make a book I have a pattern for. I substituted my painted and other papers for the ones suggested, and created something different. But I'm really pleased with it. I just need to be a better photographer, because the pictures don't give the full effect! The ribbons and threads on the spine truly make it a one of a kind. 

The pages inside this book are different weights and textures. One of the pages in each of then12 signatures (groups of folded paper) has a little envelope attached. This book would be fun to use as a travel journal, or photo album. You can add lots of writing and pictures and it would definitely be a one of a kind. I've already had two people say they would buy it. I'm reluctant to sell it, because it was fun to make and is so unique. Maybe if I make two or three more I'll be willing to sell one?

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Owl Books and Boxes

Our recent book show got me inspired to try a few fun things.

My first new project has been owl inspired. I have a daughter who loves owls, and so I decided to make some books for her.

There are three mini books in the series. One of the books in the series has facts about owls. Another has facts about the owls of Harry Potter and the last one has literary quotes related to owls.

Each page of the book is 3 x 3" then folded into a pattern that allows the book to be only 1.5 x 1.5" All three small books fit into an owl box. the box is a 2 x 2" cube with an owl head topper.

These were fun. The owl box was a bit of a challenge. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for an owl box pattern. There were a few, but none the size I needed, so I did some adapting and while it took longer than I'd expected, I think they're pretty cute.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Vision

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember taht this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. ~ Walt Disney

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Book Show

Our book show this past weekend was a great success. We had more than 100 books on display that had been made by people in our group, as well as some from other parts of the country.

We also had a sale table of books we'd made.

It was wonderful to see people become surprised by the variety of books and things you can do with books.

Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Art Show

We're having a book show. Art books are fascinating. Previously published books can be altered, sculpted, or carved. New books can be created from wheat paste painted papers, blank pages, leather and decorative paper, cut and folded and sewn into bindings.
My first book was made from wheat paste paper, with collaged threads and leaves. I have since made books that are 1" x 1" in size, lots of different painted pages, and other styles and shapes.

My books are 'beginner' books. I'm very pleased with them, but I do have lots to learn. At our art show we'll have books from all sorts of talented artists, including Martha Cole. Martha Cole is a Saskatchewan fibre and book artist who has an incredible body of work.

Our Afternoon Book Affair is November 5 and 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 42 McMaster Place.
Tickets are $15.00
Join us!