To this! Wow.
Then while Steven was taking a break before we went out to dinner to celebrate our new found space, I dove back into my sketchbook project. I had been thinking since yesterday about the extended pages I had created by taping 2 sets of pages together, and how I wanted to re-insert them into the cover. I had been laying them into the cover "nested" and realized perhaps in a dream or maybe the early morning hours that I wanted the 4 signatures of pages I had created separate, not nested. This would mean sewing the 4 signatures of pages together, slicing the cover in half and gluing the first and last pages to the front and back cover -eep! I also wanted to "prime" the pages a bit and when cleaning the garage I found a new can of spray primer which worked wonderfully, laying down a very thin coat of primer paint on the pages.
|This was my test piece -always test first!|
|These are the actual pages now that I have taped them together.|
It had been a while since I had sewn any pages together so I reached for Unique Handmade Books by Alisa Golden. I found directions for a decorative stitch book with weaving that looked like it would work even though it called for 5 signatures and I was working with 4.
|Creating the holes for sewing with a cradle |
so that all the holes will be in the same place.
|The stitching is similar to the Star Book class I have taught many times.|
|I use waxed linen to do the stitching.|
|The weaving part was different, interesting.|
|Finished! All 4 sections (signatures) of pages are sewn together.|
Now to get very brave . . . and cut the cover in half!
| I trimmed the cover just a bit, then attached it to the sewn signatures |
of pages in the front and back.
|There are 4 sections of pages just like the one above in the sketchbook now.|
|I finished the basic structure by adding tabs to make it easier to pull the folded pages out.|
Now I get to fill this sketchbook up! You may wonder WHY I went to all this trouble of preparing the sketchbook like I did? Hmmm, I could have just worked in it the way it was, right? Well, I did that last year. This year I wanted to challenge myself and do something different. Last year I was satisfied to work in the moleskine the way it was presented to me because I had never really worked in an artist's journal before. That in itself was a new experience for me. I feel good already that I took the challenge I gave myself to do something different with the sketchbook. And the HOW will be here on my blog and I will also add journaling to the sketchbook about my process. Thanks for listening, I needed to get this down!
yours creatively, lenna