Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Honestly, I am having a hard time settling down, if you hadn't noticed. The bookbinding sirens are calling again, and I've brought books home from the library once more to pore over and set my mind to dreaming. I've looked through most of these before, was looking specifically for the one that talks about recycling food boxes as your cover, but found a new one that is more than just about technique. Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn also gets into the actual types of journaling one might do which then drives the choices for the sort of book that would work best. It's got me thinking differently about what might go into one of my handmade books. At any rate, it also has me thinking about my many approaches to sketching lately, including a simple quick book I made from a piece of scrap paper and started filling with Zentangles (see this post). The one above is called Rixty and was added quite awhile ago.

Yesterday, I turned to another blank spread in it to try out another new Zentangle called Ing. As with any good Zentangle, I let my imagination fly with embellishments.

I found this one easy to go astray on but wanted to try it again using a different filler variation. I decided to go back to my stamped pages in the button booklet. Turned on its side, Ing seemed the perfect thing to add between the bands of Celtic knots.


Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Sheila, thanks for sharing how rich the public library of your city is.
Well, here in Brazil we dont't have any books about bookbinding in Portuguese, so I need to buy books in English. And it happens that I have already this book and I liked it very much too!
I hope you use it very much!
Thanks again!


The Idaho Beauty said...

Lucia, I never imagined you might have this book! I'm really enjoying its thought-provoking style, as much "why to" as "how to". I never stopped to think that you might not be able to get instructions in your native tongue. We Americans are spoiled that way.

Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Sheila!
Yes, we don't have any books like Gwen Diehn or Alisa Golden's, so I need to buy them and read them in English. I think it is because here in Brazil most of the people aren't full litterate. After all, Brazil was a Catholic Portugal colony, so nobody thought it was important to be litterate or to have access to books. It is sad. I myself could learn how to bind books because in the library I work there is a book repair workshop and I sought many classes through the years. Ah, yes, attending English classes for 10 years and being phan of Charlotte Bronte, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe helped me a lot, too!
Thanks for this communication channel.

Michele Matucheski said...

Cool Beans! My Public Library has that book. I bought the Alissa Golden book a while back. 100 options for binding a book, and I still tend to use the one I know best!