|My cabinet card sketchbook, along with the book that helped me to create it
For my first project, I've created the cabinet-card sketchbook from Jeannine Stein's Re-bound, in which she encourages the use of recycled and re-purposed materials for creating books.
The cover of my hand-bound book is a cabinet card purchased from the Allentown Paper Show.
I was thinking about giving this blog post the title: "Bookbinding is not for the faint of heart."
But through the process of binding this rather complicated book, I realized that there is definitely a simple secret to making the activity easier: punch yourself large enough holes so that you are not fighting your needle's way through each one!
An awl is a fine way to start, but the Japanese screw punch is really indispensable for the bookbinder or book artist. I'm no expert, but as a beginner, I'm finding that these are a few of my favorite things:
|My favorite adhesive (UHU glue stick), Japanese screw punch, awls for
punching small holes, ruler, sharp utility knife
And, really, isn't that pretty much true of any creative endeavor?
I'm on a bit of a bookbinding kick, it seems, so there may be a lot more where this came from!