We made amazing, and surprisingly beautiful, paste paper for our covers. Our teacher, Celeste, mixed up a big batch of Elmer's Paper Mache Art Paste and colored it with globs of acrylic paint and set us to work swirling and layering and smooshing and stamping on sheets of drawing paper. While our papers dried, we folded stacks of signatures of drawing paper for our books.
This week we used our amazingly gorgeous paste papers to cover binder's board for the covers. Using waxed linen thread, we learned how to stitch the signatures, end papers, and covers together. At first I felt all thumbs and sort of hopeless. I went off track a few times. But, miracle of miracles, by the end of class I got it!
Celeste sent us home with more thread and instructions to keep going until all the signatures are sewn in.
Done. (I only had to backtrack once and pull out some stitches when I realized I had missed a loop or gone through the wrong hole or something).
I was never a big fan of Coptic Stitch books. But I have to say, these are quite lovely. And the big appeal for me is they lay flat when open!!! This is crucial for a sketchbook. I'd like to make one with hot pressed watercolor paper for the signatures. It's wonderfully smooth to draw on and you have the option of adding color if you should want. Yay!