CBBAG Bookbinding Course
Getting ready for a bookbinding course on Vancouver Island next week. It's another beginner's course and hopefully my last before I move onto leather paring.
They have actual bookbinding equipment there like a book press. Hopefully the equipment will make all my books look absolutely perfect.
To be truthful though, I've never been in anything that even vaguely represents a book studio. This will help me from looking like a total moron when taking courses in working book studios. See, the course has already paid for itself.
It's quite a bit of planing as I cobble together a transit plan. ( 3 different buses, 1 Sky Train and a ferry). All of this before 10 am.
Should be a huge challenge for someone who usually rolls out of bed about noon.
Arranging accommodation is pricey in a town that seems to have only 4 or 5 hotels.
But I'm certain that once things get started I'll be fine. Stay tuned for more of my adventure this July.
This course is all about the basics. Like here are the basic tools of binding. Makes me realize how little I know.
The spring compass on the far right has already revolutionized my life. Great for scoring picture frames and borders, making picture windows that aren't crooked without endless measuring. Also good for measuring distances between holes. Definitely a must have.
Expect some books with windows. I'm going to use my Vintage tintypes and frame them in the book covers.
There is nothing dainty or demure about using these brushes.
To use wrap your hand around the brush handle and insert into the glue.
Then use it like a toilet plunger to suck up as much paste as possible. It's amazing how much glue that this brush holds.
Then daintily (not) wipe off the edges of the brush.
Then grasping the brush like a 3 year old paste the paper.
This was so hard for me to do as I kept having visions of my melodramatic 11th grade Art teacher screaming, "Cretins, Ctetins! You'll destroy your brushes!".
So far I've been using PVA glue on all my books. Wheat paste is a cheap and easy alternative. I've always been in a panic when pasting, because PVA dries REALLY quickly. It's a real treat to leisurely paste on cover papers; maybe even get a cup of coffee or make a few tweets between pasting and adding covering materials. It also dries to be hard as a rock making Bristol Board or heavy card stock into a hardcover for a book.
I tried straining the paste at home in order to get rid of the lumps. It sucked.
Call me lazy, but the whisk attachment on my Cuisinart Hand Blender makes silky smooth paste.
I was amazed at how many diferent types of starches thereare: Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, to name a few. I've heard that some Bookbinders use Rice Starch and it works well for them.
I'm thinking there are endless types of things I can do with Wheat Starch paste. I'm using it on soft covers to make firmer covers.
As you can see in these photos where Joan was demonstrating how to cover a frame, scalpels are very useful for cutting wet paper. As in paper with paste on it.
However, trying to find a scalpel in the city is not that easy to do. I've been in a few drug stores where I tried to casually ask if they carry scalpels and have gotten some very weird looks. No one has ever asked me what I want them for. I get the distinct feeling they don't want to know.
But in the country I hear you can get them at Rexall Drugstores.
Unfortunately my flu came back with a vengeance so I wasn't able to attend the Sunday class. But I'm excited to go back over to Sidney, B.C. next weekend and learn more.
Oh, and I learned that you never use cork on the back of a metal ruler or the cut won't be straight. Now instead of flipping my ruler over to cut I'm peeling the cork off all my metal rulers. So simple.
See you next week.
I had an awful cold before the course and during the Saturday. Sunday at 6:30 am I was busy throwing up and came to the horrible realization that I wasn't going to make it through the Sunday. So I missed my second day. Somehow I managed to make it back to Vancouver through sheer willpower.
Joan was very good about it. She made some models (samples) of notebooks for me. Since the course ended I've replicated most of them. I had no idea there were so many different styles of notebooks.
There were also notebooks with flat spines and a link stitch on the front.
Okay, its been 2 weeks since the CBBAG bookbinding course has ended. I came home with a bookbinding cradle. I found that I really liked using it. The holes for the thread are always exactly in the crease of the page. Pages don't slide around; lots of great reasons to use one.
Now 2 weeks later I'm googling (is that an official word yet?) how to fix a bookbinding cradle. Oddly enough I couldn't find anything. The bottom of the trough gets chewed up very quickly, especially if it is made out of book board like mine is.
I came across some great instructions on the Paper Chipmunk for making a cradle, and it gave me an idea. They put book cloth in the trough of the cradle.
I really liked this idea of gluing in a strip of book cloth into the bottom of the trough.
So, I found my solution to fixing the cradle. It probably wouldn't hurt to use another piece of book cloth on the bottom side. I wanted a quick fix so I used some binding tape. In a pinch that is probably the best thing to do if you are in the middle of punching holes.
If you have some time and you don't have any book cloth at hand you can slather a thinned out mix of wheat or rice starch on a piece of cloth and the next day you will have sized book cloth that can be used for the cradle repair.
So tomorrow I will be punching a lot of holes to sew my Coptic stitch book together. I'll let you know how the repair works for me.
Here's the link for
MAKING A BOOKBINDING CRADLE
This was my day's work when I walked in the studio at 9:30 this morning. Two hardcover books. One with a quarter cloth binding ((bright blue linen) and The half cloth binding (The silk cloth with circles). The green is painter's tape and the white paper that will be glued on will extend over the silk to meet the green tape.
The book blocks are one with traditional endpapers (white). The purple endpapers are sewn on.
We did traditional endpapers. First step is to glue down the mull. The next 2 pages use your ruler and rip them to size instead of cutting. The space between the ripped pages should be smaller than seen here. The idea is to have a gradual slope when the papers are pasted down. The full page is the actual endpaper which covers the inside board and can be coloured or patterned paper.
This book was done with the method I use by tipping in the endpapers. This time using the wheat starch glue. It dries slower than PVA. I wasn't in such a panic to get the endpapers down before the PVA dried. The wheat starch gives a lot more time to make adjustments and can be undone or even trimmed after the book is dry by dampening the paper.
A gorgeous ferry ride home.
I was lucky enough to meet someone from my neighborhood on the ferry and as it turns out had done some bookbinding herself. She was kind enough to offer me a ride which shortened my trip home considerably. Thanks Hilda!
An hour's drive back to Vancouver.
Home at last at 9PM.
A twelve hour day. Whew!
Finished my CBBAG Course, Level 1.
YAY! I did it!
Just thought I'd write a short post so the first thing you see isn't a New Year's greeting.
In my other life I do Altered At and Digital Design. I've been doing a lot of that in the last couple of months, so I've been neglecting my blog here. I mean I've been doing a real lot of it. At this point I have severe Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Even so, I'm still doing a lot of Digital work. Gives new meaning to the term Art Junkie. Please make me stop!
But spring is here and I'm heading outdoors after what seemed to be an endless dark winter. Trying to stay off the computer for a few hours a day. I went out yesterday and took some photos of my neighborhood. I'm thinking I'm probably spoiled.
If that isn't enough natural beauty, then beyond the above forest scene there is also a Blue Heron rookery .
Did I mention that the Cherry Blossoms are starting to flower?
This is the view from my computer. This is what Real Estate sales people optimistically call a vis a vis view.
So it's time to back away from the computer and go play outside.
I have been doing some work on this site which brings us back to the above view.
Here' my new online store (shameless plug) that's attached to this site.
Also on the sidebar I've added links to other bookbinding blogs in case you get bored with mine. If you are on this list and want to be removed then let me know by email.
I promise I won't crumple into a sobbing mass of tears and then blog about the experience. To show what a good sport I am I'll make it easy for you.
Conversely, if you want to be added to the list, then send me a link for consideration.
As far as bookbinding is concerned, I bought some leather and made a couple of books with it. At that point I realized that I was well in over my head. I'm looking into some bookbinding workshops.
This made me think back to when my granddaughter was younger. I offered her a stick of gum and she said, "Thank kew" then promptly swallowed it.
No, not quite there yet.
Just a quick note to everyone to let you know that I'm no longer selling on Etsy.
After three years I feel it's time to leave. The atmosphere is so toxic and disrespectful and combative that I just can't stay there anymore.
Etsy has turned that corner that so many good ideas have. They are letting manufacturers on the site to sell 'real', fake, handmade items. I've seen it many times before. It's a sad truth than many wonderful ideas get commercialized to the point of extinction. After spending a few months setting up the framework to leave I got one of those gut feelings that told me that I couldn't do it anymore.
All I want to do is sell my crafts and my books.
My new venue for most journal sales will be this site. I have already sold some journals here and everyone was quite happy with the buying process and products. I will get a notification of any sales right away.
My new venue for all other crafts such as Altered tags, Original Art Cards and Collage Sheets will be Zibbet. They provide a great positive atmosphere for sellers and buyers. Here is my new home there:
Please feel free to drop by there and visit. I'm still setting up shop there, so if there's something you want, that you may have seen in my Etsy Shop, just ask about it. I'll set up a listing for the item.
My goal is to cover supplies and selling costs, a bit for my pocket and money to use for bookbinding workshops.
So stay tuned for more blog posts and books in the future.
This is a great weekend to be a book lover in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Roedde House is a restored Queen Ann style home that has become a museum. Lucky for me it's at 1415 Barclay St. which is in the heart of my neighborhood, the West End.
This weekend was an open house. It's so cool; you have to ring the old fashioned bell in order to be let in. Someone comes and greets you and welcomes you into the house. They direct you to the umbrella stand, then the coat hook stand as they tell you a bit about the home and what's going on in the house that day.
Gustav Roedde was a bookbinder by trade. In his day he made ledgers for businesses and the local municipal governments. In fact, he may have been the city's first Bookbinder. It was quite fitting that the guests for the weekend were a Bookbinder and a Hand Marbler.
Yesterday they has a bookbinder from the Mad Hatter Bookbinding Company, Alanna Simenson. She had a bookbinding frame set up. Earlier she had already used it to sew the signatures for the Perfect Bound book she was making.
Courtesy of WikiMedia
FYI This is not Alana Simenson.
It was a great experience and opportunity to pick her brains and ask some questions that I had about Bookbinding. I've always had trouble with endpapers stretching. Fortunately her book cover was ready to be attached and she walked me through the process and adding suggestions. I also discovered some new sources for materials and asked more random questions. I found her to be an extremely knowledgeable bookbinder. Alana's cover was finished with marbled paper.
Lots of people wandered through the house and had questions of their own. Many people asked about courses in Bookbinding. Sadly in Vancouver there aren't many opportunities for instruction or even sources for materials. Hopefully that will change in the future.
My second day at Roedde House I got caught in a downpour of rain. My pants were soaked and my feet squished in my waterlogged shoes. Again, I rang the old fashioned bell, and was let in. I hung up my coat and deposited my umbrella in the stand. I squished my way into the old fashioned kitchen to watch Phyllis Greenwood marbling paper across the room from the wood stove.
She too was gracious and answered loads of questions from everyone as she made a row of pink tulips on top of the marbled ink on the water. I marveled at the different combs she had made for dragging across the paint. There were explanations with beautiful photos of how to make each design. It was fascinating to watch, ask questions and then begin to understand the process. It made me look at my own, purchased, marbled papers differently. I'm hoping to attend one of her workshops next summer.
Phyllis Greenwood's marbled papers.
So, that's been my weekend so far.
* Roedde House: http://www.roeddehouse.org/en/about/the-roedde-house-museum/history-xbe
* Alana Simenson: firstname.lastname@example.org - Repairs, Fine Binding and Box Making
* Phyllis Greenwood: http://www.kestrelbooks.ca/book_repair.htm
Book Restoration, hand marbled paper
Tomorrow is the
Vancouver Book Fair
I came across this very brief but amazing video showing a fore edge painting on a book. This differs from Edge Painting in that you can only see the painting when the spine is tilted back.
Fore Edge paintings were popular in the 1800's but very expensive. Hope you enjoy it!
Strange how it is. I rarely hear about Fore Edge painting, in fact I only discovered it a few months ago. Now I come across a great article about the process, complete with video. Click the link below to open the article in a new window.
FORE EDGE PAINTING ARTICLE
For more images of Fore Edge painting. 40 Hidden Art Works
As you may have noticed I've changed the name of my studio from NeonSun Studios to its current name. It turns out that it's a bigger deal than I realized. Working on new promo materials, address labels, Thank you notes, shop stickers... OMG! Well, at least I'll know for next time.
I have changed the names of my Twitter, this Website and my Etsy Shop so far. My Flickr will remain the same because most people there know me as Stoneangel. Facebook will stay the same for now because FB continues to find the most difficult options available to accomplish anything. My icons on this site should lead you to the newly named, social media sites. The Twitter button is now set up to go to The Altered Diaries at Twitter. If you get a 401 page while trying to get to these sites, please let me know.
For those of you that don't know, I do mixed media, digital Altered Art which I sell in my Etsy store. I have over 40 different collage sheets for sale. Generally I offer up some of these images or backgrounds for FREE. Check these out on my Flickr page. Have a great weekend!
The Guild of Book Workers USA
MILLIMETER BINDINGS henryhebert.net/2012/01/11/millimeter-and-rubow-bindings
HAND SEWN HEADBANDS
Be sure to check out the bookbinding blogs too.
They often have tutorials
BIG JUMP PRESS
Beautiful books and boxes in Finland
Portugal - leather tooling
OWL AND LION
Bookbinding workshops in Scotland
Forum & lots of info
BECCA MAKING FACES
Examples and TUTs of every Japanese stitch in the world