|Folded Book with pockets and cover|
Following on from last month’s post of making sketchbook covers from gelli plate prints (see here), how about making actual books from them?
I tend to make lots of prints in one go and to be honest, for every print I see potential as an artwork, there are at least two others which, if I can put it politely, are only suitable as backgrounds or to be printed over again. Many of these are on paper as you need less ink to print on paper compared with fabric, so often my second print is on paper. Also, if I am demonstrating quickly, the results may be less impressive and on paper. For how to gelli plate print, see here.
So as you can see, I have a large pile of paper prints to be used. Making little books is a great way of using them up. And it doesn’t need to be difficult. A sheet of paper cut in two, joined to make a long strip, then concertina folded can be really effective.
All the books I’ve made are blank so far, but at some point, I will use some as sketchbooks, others may have photos added as special photo albums and some of the simple ones may be turned into fancy birthday cards.
|Japanese Stab Bound Book|
This one has pages made from prints on copier paper, but the outside is made from slightly thicker card. I’ve then bound it together using a Japanese stab binding and put little beads on the end of the binding threads.
|Inside of Japanese Stab Bound Book|
You can make traditional books in sections, like this one.
|Traditional Bound Book|
It is four sections (or signatures), each with four sheets folded in half and then stitched together. At some point, I will add a cover.
|No Stitch Book from one sheet of paper|
These little ones are made from one sheet, with no stitching required, folding the paper into 8, cutting in the middle and then folding up again. I’ve also folded up the bottom of the page to make a little pocket-like structure.
Lots of ideas, but this still leaves me with a huge pile of prints – more makes coming soon!
|Long Narrow Book on top of Japanese Stab Bound Book|