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Linen covered book

Since I raided the local odd lots store last month for about 2 dozen of the linen and cotton kitchen towels they were selling for 50 cents each, I’ve been trying to use them in as many different ways as possible (I haven’t yet used them as actual dish towels, but it may come to that).

This one became the cover fabric for a coptic stitched blank journal I made for a milestone birthday for my sister. The linen was a little on the thick side–great for wiping dishes, not as great for book cloth–but I’m tickled with how it came out. The art on the cover is a watercolored print from one of my hand-carved stamps. The interior pages, which are a creamy white, are from a block of Sennelier “Le Maxi” sketching paper that I snagged on sale (the cellophane wrapper of the block was torn, but the paper was perfect) from my local Dick Blick store a while back.

I made a similar one with a kraft paper cover, red enameled eyelets for the waxed linen thread to go through and a handpainted, hand-carved stamp of a bird for a friend whose birthday was last week, but that one didn’t get photographed. In fact, I was so late in finishing it that I sat at the table in the tea shop where some friends and I were celebrating her birthday and finished the coptic stitching as we chatted over our iced teas on a hot afternoon. She was pleased–said it was like getting a present and a show.

(At least) one more to go, for yet another friend with an August birthday. Jeez, you’d think that December was a cold month or something.


Another noteworthy gift

There’s always a present that I find myself working on at the last minute. This year it was a gift–actually, several gifts–for my niece, my nephew, and my nephew’s girlfriend, a delightful young woman who appreciates a handmade gift (I hope).

Simple stuff, but I’m pleased with how they came out. Each got a set of Japanese stab-bound journals, one each in folio and quarto size:

I finished these just in time to wrap them up and get them into the mail, and I used up the last of some wonderful kraft paper cardstock making them. But as soon as the smoke clears and I can find another source for the heavy brown cardstock, the Japanese screw punch and waxed linen thread are coming right back out again so I can make some more.

Make that 11 things . . .

That top ten list of art supplies I must have?

I forgot something important–my art journal. Ideas, inspiration, reminders, project ideas, sketches of things I see and about which I think, “hey, how hard would it be to make one of those myself?

Way back a few months ago I posted some pictures of the one I was using then.  Here’s one of those.

I’ve got a new one idea book now, a blank journal that strikes precisely the right note between cool enough that it makes me itch to write and draw in it, and not so cool that you think, “Oh, I couldn’t mark that up.” It also has little pink and orange flowers embedded in its handmade paper pages, which are sometimes tricky to write over, but which add another sensory layer to working in it.

Most of my ideas have to percolate for a while before they take physical form, so a quick note or sketch in the journal, plus time, can eventually yield some good stuff. Without this, there might be no art around here. And who knows what these might eventually give rise to: