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Monday, 11 August 2014

Bookmaking II

I spent Sunday at yet another bookmaking class. The workshop was run by talented bookmaker Liz of Book Art Studios. Apart from learning new technique to stitching a book, there was a lot of freedom in creating where boxes of old scrap papers, books, magazines, stamps, paint, sewing machine, coffee and tea (for staining the pages), and even a typewriter were there for us to play with. It was a total creative chaos and it was fantastic! I had so much fun that I didn't get the chance to take many photos, which was a good thing. Here are the books created by the enthusiastic bookmakers that day!
Such amazing books! Everyone was so talented and creative and I was blown away by the beautiful work that everyone did! And of course I went home quite giddy and inspired!

My book is the one on the left, with the bird and the word "soar". It is an unfinished work and I am still working on it, until I "feel" it is done. The best part is I can continue gluing, ripping, painting whatever I want. That's a great way to making a book! Creatively and intuitively.  

Back in my own studio, I finished a woodblock hand stamped journal using a heart stamp. Love how it turned out. It really is satisfying to be making my own fabric prints, feels organic and natural. It is now listed in my Etsy store.

I am making another custom journal with an autumn theme right now. It takes quite some time to stitch this little one but I am enjoying it. Hope to finish it soon.


  1. It all looks, and sounds, fascinating and good fun to do. Flighty xx

  2. What binding method did you use this time Alison? Your 'soar' book sure looks great! -Christine

  3. It's call a straight stitch, I hope I can still remember how to do it. I did some changes and will like do more changes until I like the result, good to just play around with it.

  4. That's a new technique, cool :-) No worries you can find online tutorials on anything!
    I do the same with my cards when I try various paper colours/design, layouts, etc. until I am really happy with the final outcome. Voilà !!


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