Monday, January 25, 2010

First Batch


Well, I've been busy applying what I learned in one of Roz's book binding classes at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts. The red journal is from class, and measures about 5"x6.5" landscape. I made a second one (green) at home to make sure I remembered the process. Then three small ones about 3"x5" (scraps) and three 5"x8". All these used Velin Arches light weight watercolor (printmaking) paper. Then I made two at 5.5"x7.5" using Strathmore Aquarius II, also a light weight watercolor paper. Some of these will be going to family, which will just give me a reason to make more. I've wanted to learn bookbinding for many years and I'm tickled to finally do it. When I finish my current Moleskine, I'll start using one of the green 5"x8" journals, and I'm not looking back. (p.s. two thumbs up for Roz and her artistic and teaching skills)

19 comments:

Barbara said...

I'm in awe! - Barbara

Denise said...

Wonderful! You've really taken this on. I hope to see more of what you produce.

Gill M said...

WOW John, you have been busy - these look incredibly professional. I look forward to seeing what you put in them too.

Louise said...

gosh, they DO look good!

Shirley said...

WOW!!! You have been busy. They are fantastic. Isn't bookbinding fun?
Shirley

raena said...

These are terrific. My question is, do you save much money by doing them yourself, or is it more to get the exact size or paper you want? I keep thinking I might try it, but...

john.p said...

Raena - It won't save you money. It's about getting the paper and size you want and do-it-yourself satisfaction, with the potential for self expression. And, to me, my sketching on my solo backpack trip this year meant more because I knew I made the journal that I was carrying in my pack and sketching in. That's a non-tangible.

Sandy said...

Oh I am so jealous, a class with Roz would be heaven!!! These journals look so fabulous - And how lucky those recipients will be!!!

vickylw (Vicky Williamson) said...

John, these are incredible! You are going to LOVE filling them.

Scrappy Cat said...

John - they look GREAT! You're way ahead of me now - I've only made one more of this style (and the deer skin one for DH). Not that it's a competition or anything ;). Glad you like the Velin Arches paper - and I'll be interested to see how you like the Strathmore Aquarius II paper.

Ramona Davidson said...

Good for you!! Great work there. You will really enjoy using your own creation.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Absolutely gorgeous, John! WOW...I love the beige ones with the (inletted?) covers...can't wait to see what you do with them.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

And hey, maybe you save over buying a handmade journal from someone else! Hope you bring one to our next sketchcrawl, I want to drool...*G*

. said...

Amazing journals/sketch books, it will be great to see what you will put in to them... Do you sell your books?

nanke's stuff said...

They are lovely, and what a sense of accomplishment. Good for you! nancy

Speck said...

These look luscious! I'll take a half dozen of the 5x8 greens ones please. Even if I never used them they would look magnificent just sitting on the shelf.

Deborah said...

Wow, these are fabulous. Could I be one of your family for awhile? Smile Smile. Can't wait to see one of these with your work in it.

lyn said...

These are beautiful! I think about trying it.... at the moment I've found a hardcover book with decent paper with big spaces around the photos and I gesso the paper and try to paint the rest of the photo out to the edge of the book. Its been an interesting challange.

Jennifer Lawson said...

These are so cool. I am so in awe and so impressed. You are so lucky to have had a chance to do this class with Roz. Lucky you!!!