I love podcasts (REALLY!) and listen often when doing other things. (I try to learn something new each time I am in my car on my day job.) Here are some of my go-to’s when I am in need of a podcast fix.
Creative Pep Talk. A jolt of adrenaline for your creative endeavors. Part creative inspiration and part business building insight, one episode and you’ll be 100% jazzed.
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited about this new year. It’s going to be a year of growth and challenge. Even though I still have a day job, I have big plans for BB in 2018.
I have seen several people I admire post their business goals/plans for everyone to see, with regular updates. It was really inspiring throughout the year–not to mention really, really brave!–so I thought I would do the same with my plans for BB this year. So, here goes… *deep breath*…
My goals for 2018: grow BB in 3 areas–
To make this happen, I plan to complete (at least) the following 18 tasks for 2018:
Participate in the monthly IG challenge #areyoubookenough
Celebrate 1 obscure holiday per month
move my products from Etsy to my own website store
Teach at least 2 classes
Create one new product/binding quarterly
start a newsletter
create a workspace that makes sense for my business
be a guest on a podcast or post a YT video
host a FB Live of my process
post to my blog [at least] weekly
create a bookbinding kit
set up wholesale to one vendor
create one original printed paper
Participate in one art/craft show per quarter
Participate in the #100creativedays challenge
Grow the BB community
Take 1 class from another artist/crafter
So there you go. I plan to update monthly, for accountability and to [hopefully!] celebrate my success.
What are your 2018 goals and plans? How can I support you to reach them?
These buttery papers I bought at Paper Arts last week were my latest bookbinding inspiration. They are the perfect weight for soft cover books (and look at that sparkle y’all!). I have wanted to make some Japanese bound books lately so when I got them home I knew just what I wanted to do with them.
I was so pleased with the results! The pattern of the marble lends itself so well to the simplicity of the variations on four-hole binding patterns.
Like Coptic stitch, this binding can be quick–and the results are oh so satisfying. I am whipping up more of these beautiful books ASAP..
Yea! Another Marbled Monday has happened. I spent the morning in the same basic color palette that I seem to find myself in most often–blues and greens, with some brown, and little gold for sparkle. I experimented with several different patterns today. Here are some samples:
I enjoy marbling and look forward to mastering some of these patterns.
Do you marble? Would you like to? Have any questions? Leave me a comment below.
Once again it is my favorite day of the week–Marbled Monday! I love marbling paper and I wish I had room in my home to dedicate a space to marble more easily. It takes a lot of preparation but I don’t mind. The results are worth it!
I made ten pages this week and worked on some new techniques (including blowing the paint around with a straw). There are a lot of imperfections, but overall I am pleased. Here are a few:
This time around I tried a new technique. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried it sooner because I think it is now my favorite pattern. Italian vein marbling is deceptively simple and the results are stunning:
If you are interested, please add to the IG hashtag next Monday, or just search for it and enjoy. Some people marbled their own papers and some are showing off their wares using papers from others. It’s all wonderful.
It has been a very long time since I have posted anything artistic. Life has taken some unexpected turns, putting my bookbinding on hold. I have missed it so much!
I am so happy to announce I have hung out my shingle once again and I’m opening Bluebonnet Bindery. The name is a nod to my Texas roots and to my love of the color blue. Visit my Etsy store and find me on the usual social media. I look forward to connecting with you!
There is really no limit to what a book can be or what it can be made from. Books have been made from food, fabric, wood, metal, glass, found objects and anything else you can think of.
They can also be about anything you can think of. Or they can be blank, ready to be filled with wonderful thoughts. Here are some examples of people thinking outside the traditional book parameters. Please click on the images to visit their sites and learn more about their works.
This book from Angela Lorenz entitled Soap Story is printed on soap.
Rosemary Furtak created this work.
Amazing artist books from Brian Dettmer.
Robert The’s Whimsical cake book.
I encourage you to Google Artist books and Artist’s books in images. You will be amazed at all the creative artistry that there is out there.
Marching through our bookbinding alphabet,we are now to the letter H. Leather is one of the most enduring cover materials. Since the dawn of books animal hide has been used to bind and decorate books for all occasions. Half leather means that the corners and the spine are covered with leather and the rest is covered with marbled paper or book cloth. The leather protects the most vulnerable parts of the book from excessive wear.
Lovely sample of half binding from TJBookarts
Beth Antoine’s exquisite half binding with marbled papers
Ooooh adding gold or silver to your book makes even the simplest tome a treasure to hold. Gilding is the process of adding precious metals to leather or paper bindings. There are gilding supplies available for anyone interested in apprenticing or taking a class.
gilded and enamel covers
beautiful detail on a gilded prayer book from Etsy
Red cover with gold gilding from 1700’s France
Etsy sample of a handmade book with beautiful gilided Art Nouveau cover