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Today I would like to share some pictures of an art journal I made. Before I had my own leather, I bought a bag of scraps from Jackie to see how I got on. Amongst the pieces she sent me was the most gorgeous sulphur yellow piece of leather. I have been saving this for ages and finally decided that it would make a very good art journal.

 

The other think I wondered whilst looking at this lovely piece of leather was…. would acrylic paint dry on the unfinished side of the leather. Jackie had coloured the piece yellow and the reverse side was still natural leather. In the interests of trying new things, I applied a couple of coats of Cryla acrylic paint to the piece to see how it would get on.

Un-finished (suede) side of leather, painted with acrylic paint

It looked very nice, but was a bit ‘bright’ considering the outside was such a strong colour. Next I wondered if alcohol ink would dry on top…

Painted side of the leather, after alcohol ink has been applied

Painted side of the leather, after alcohol ink has been applied

 

 

So I put a couple of coats of alcohol ink on top and really liked the result. A very interesting alternative to marbled end papers I though.

 

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The paper in the book is water colour paper so it would hold up to washes of watercolour or acrylic paint. I assembled the book and bound it using Long-stitch, which is perfect for this as it opens completely flat. I am very pleased with the finished book…the only drawback is….I like it too much and worry about using it! DOH!!!!!!

Let me know what you think.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As some of you will know, I am a regular member of the Book Arts Forum. Today’s post includes pictures of the book I created for their swap for June 2009.

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

 This book is 2 x 2″ and incorporates coptic binding

Detail of the coptic stitching

Detail of the coptic stitching

The back cover

The back cover

Inside the Stampboard book

Inside the Stampboard book

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

Stamps were by Elusive Images and are available from Graphicus I really enjoyed making this book, hope you like the pictures.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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I received a commission for one of my hard backed accordian, coptic sewn books from the Kent Archery Association. Their current Secretary was standing down and they wanted an original gift for her. Here is the book I created;

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The individual pages are joined together at their outer edges with the same coloured card as the front cover. The pages are then sewn together as you would for a normal coptic bind. I coloured the linen thread to compliment the gold on the front cover.  The inside pages each have a burgundy edged card with a message from each of the Kent Archery Association’s current committee.

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I redesigned their logo a few few years back from a single line-drawing into the colourful design that you see on the front cover. They now use this logo in all their stationary. If you would like to find out more about them visit www.archerykent.org.uk

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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