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Long time no post, health not in a great place. Today sharing some soothing, gentle, You Tube channels, for you to explore. There is so much stress and distress inthe world right now. I thought I would share places that are kind and gentle and soothing. A diverse mix of channels, see what you fancy.

For those missing creative content check out

Art

The Unexpected Gypsy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzk20sJQ2gq_XB9oCgOWrQA/featured Art studio vlogs. Art by Wendy Robinson

Bookbinding

Sea Lemon for bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/SeaLemonDIY

Bitter Melon Bindery ASMR bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/bittermelonbindery/featured

DAS Bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/DASBookbinding/featured

Fabric

Din Life sewing fabrics and also books https://www.youtube.com/c/DinLife

Furoshiki, seriously research this, on You Tube! Its amazing. Practice with a bandana if thats all u have. I’m bundling book and kind things together for when things are tough. Self care september soon, so its good to gather stuff u love togther. Its the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. So sustainable, you can also make a bag in many variations, ditch the plastic and try this

How to turn Linens and shawls into bags https://youtu.be/pnLZOj5V-f8

Kakefuda Kyoto – Famous Furoshiki Store https://youtu.be/NC7MH3EzBWM

If its tempting u to shop there is a store in the UK called Kindly Yarn. Here is their website and they have videos on the basics https://www.kindlyyarn.co.uk

How about getting some fabric and stop with the excessive paper and selotape? There are so many nice fabrics around. You can practice with a table cloth or bandana etc to play along as u watch.

Simplistic living

The Cottage Fairy https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCottageFairy/featured

ASMR

The Lune INNATE https://www.youtube.com/c/LuneINNATEASMRenergy ‚̧ūüôŹ Gillian and her Reiki ASMR, sooo soothing. Reiki Master and energy worker. Thanks for helping me groumd and sleep Gillian.

Holistic Mystic Ysania https://www.youtube.com/c/HolisticMysticYsaniaASMR Galactic Reiki. Helping u soothe and settle.

Guided Vibrations https://www.youtube.com/c/GuidedVibrations Sound baths etc if u prefer without the narration their other channel Healing vibrations has no talking https://www.youtube.com/c/HealingVibrationsMedia

Books

These are the books that are holding safe space for me at the moment. Yey for the kindle reading them out to me. Im crashing now, so can’t link them all, copy n paste them into searches in ur fave store.

Depression Recovery Letters James Withey is brilliant from this project I found his other books;

How to Anxiety to sod off

How to tell depression to f off

Thanks for sticking with me, when I post so rarely. I think about the blog, just don’t have the health to allow me to write or create as much as I’d like too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

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Today I would like to share a picture of my first Button hole stitched book. Originally I started by following the instructions given in Keith Smith’s book…but then I modified them to create this;

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I am quite please with the result for a first go, but as always my perfectionist nature always wants to unsew it all and redo it now I’ve learnt a bit more. I will resist that temptation and let it be. Sometimes it is better to leave things as they are and just accept that in time skills change and improve.

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The cover is made from White hammered card

Pearlescent blue card embossed with Cuttlebug’s Birds and Swirls Embossing folder, which I then sanded on the edges to bring back the white card underneath.

The embossed card is mounted on to navy card and then onto the cover, just to add a bit of depth.

Linnen thread was colored using Ranger Adirondack dye ink, in Stonewashed.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ūüôā

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Well that title needs some explaining doesn’t it! I have found a wonderful bookbinding community over on www.bookartsforum.com and at the end of last year one of the members suggested a swap based on the medieval book style of Nag Hammadi. These books were found burried in pots in the Egyptian dessert.

Here are some pictures of the book and the embellishments I made for it;

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

 

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

 

 After failed attempts to make my book with a board cover I reverted to leather and got on much better. Being a newish bookbinder, I do not have the tools or skills for some of the finer points of this bind. To make up for this I played to my streangths and used my papercrafting skills instead.

 

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

 

I used Cuttlebug embossing folder D’vine Swirls to create the texture on the inside of the covers and applied Perfect Pearls patina set for the colouring. I wanted to keep the tie¬†closure to the book and to make it a neater finish I used a die cut from the Cuttlebug Harlequin¬†¬†die for the front embelsihment, which I coloured with the same Patina set as the inside covers. This embellishment was attached with an eyelet which gave the ribbon tie a way of threading through the cover to the outside and be wrapped around the book to keep it closed.

 

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

 

Links

The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of early christian gnostic texts, found at the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945.  Here is a link to the Nag Hammadi description over on Wikkapedia as they will do a much better job of explaining it all than me!

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi

The volumes of the collection have been bound in a special and interesting way of coptic binding.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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This weeks film will show you how to add a cover to your ATC holder, that I showed last week. As before I have show a plain one in the film to make it easier to see how the project is constructed but feel free to use your favorite papers to co-ordinate with the cards inside.

In case you missed last weeks film here is a link to the tutorial you will need to create the ATC holder that the cover is for.

I will do my best to answer any questions you may have, just leave me a comment here or on You Tube.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ūüôā

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Here is another in the bookbinding series of videos, this one as thet title suggests is on how to wax your thread for bookbinding. Do you like the ‘happy face’ I made with the spools of thread hehe.

 

I am planning more inking related films soon.

 

Best wishes and thanks for watching/reading.

 

Billie ūüôā

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Great news those great people over on www.tvweekly.com are back from their holidays and now have started posting new video demonstrations.

There are two channels;

Scrapbook Lounge; for papercrafting tips and techniques. New shows every Friday

Plum and Verdigris; For jewelry making tips and techniques. New shows every Wednesday.

 

If you haven’t been before go check it out right now www.tvweekly.com

Join their mailing list and you can download the instructions to print out later. They will also email you when new episodes are posted.

 

Have fun

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie ūüôā

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I have been playing with alcohol ink, I have had my ink for a couple of years but not really made friends with it. Until a couple of weeks ago. I read a tutorial describing using it over card painted with metalic paint and decided to give alcohol inks a try over Mirror board.

I used quite a thick mirror board and applied Denim and Stonewashed ink over silver mirror board using the aplicator tool and got this;

 

Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board

Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board

 

I used the blending solution over the ink to give it the marbled look. Make sure you work on a craft sheet to protect your table. Use the Blending solution to clean any excess ink of the sheet once you have finished.

 

Links

www.rangerink.com Ranger

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_alcoholink_adirondack.htm This will take you to the alcohol inks on the Ranger site

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_inkssentials_craftsheet.htm Craft Sheet

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_adirondackapp.htm The ink applicator tool

 

I’ll show you the project I made, with the gold piece¬†later in the week.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie ūüôā

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