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Golden bird artist’s journal

28 Feb

A short while ago, I was asked to create an artist’s journal that had a vintage feel whilst avoiding looking too traditional. After discussing several different ideas, he chose a Japanese binding with heavy velvety paper with a hand-ripped edge.

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At the start, the client was torn between several papers but I think he made a good choice with the beautiful green paper who’s golden birds give the book a slightly whimsical feel. This journal was made to accommodate the addition of extra photos and other memorabilia – a scrapbook of sorts. This was enabled by adding several spacers along the spine of the binding.

I particularly like the inscription ‘Lee Lee Angels’ – it seems to match the quaint quality of this journal. I experimented with several different fonts before choosing one called ‘Free Booter Script’.

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Marbling magic

7 Aug

This summer I did a paper marbling course in West Dean College in Chichester. This college was set up by poet and artist Edward James as a centre for conservation and crafts such as bookbinding and clock making.  The house (or castle in my mind!) is set in 6,000 acres of beautiful countryside with an orchard and walled garden beside the house.

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Marbling was originally used as an anti-fraud measure: if you had a written contract with somebody, it would have been written on marbled paper. Each party would receive one half of the contract which was torn down the middle. As each marbled paper is completely unique, it would be impossible to forge or make an imitation of the marbled sheet.

I learnt a great deal on the course – from traditional patterns and modern takes on them, to different paper and bookcloth possibilities, to text block edge marbling.  My favourite pattern was the Fern with a modern twist. For the last section of the course, I focused on reproducing this pattern using different coloured papers. It was amazing how just changing one variable resulted in a whole range of contrasting papers.

These papers can be used as coverpapers or as endpages (i.e. the first and last pages of a book) and I hope to develop my marbling skills so that I can offer made-to-order marbled papers for my wedding albums.

I would like to thank the Crafts Council of Ireland for giving me funding to do this training.

Lovely new paper supplies

28 Aug

I have just come back from London laden down with a stack of beautiful papers. Unlike Ireland, there are numerous paper suppliers – each one with an enormous amount of speciality papers. I was in heaven!

Here is a selection of some of the paper but please check out my Cover Papers page for the full stock.

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