Sunday, August 30, 2009

My first hand bound book!

Front and back covers of my book. I plan on using this as a visual diary. I taught myself from tutorials on You Tube. You've gotta love You Tube!
I did 6 signatures, 4 A4 pages folded in half so that's 48 pages A2 in size. I was originally planning 4 signatures but as I discovered book making is addictive!

The back spine, a wee bit quirky because I ended up improvising but that's ok!

At the risk of sounding incredibly vain...I have to say I am feeling very pleased with myself today! Isn't it great when you create something that you even manage to 'wow' yourself with? lol. Ok, so I do sound a little vain now. Serioulsy though, I am incredibly chuffed at the way this book turned out. It has it's little quirks of course but for a first attempt I am, as I mentioned, feeling pretty good.

The painting below became the cover for my book. It was done on paper around the start of 2008. It's painted with acrylic, indian ink and coffee. The assignment I was doing at the time was about life drawing and the environment. You had to combine the two so that the person became part of the really what you are looking at is a nude on the beach!


The Weaver of Grass said...

Koestler once said that "fortune favoured the prepared mind" Lisa and I think your book is a good example of that - glad you are really pleased with it - that sort of feeling doesn't happen often in the art process does it.

nancy neva gagliano said...

soooooooo exciting to make a book come together..and from a tutorial, very impressive!! i've only been disciplined enough with a hands-on teacher around. beautiful "beach" scene too!! thanks for sharing.

Mick said...

Very impressive, Lisa. Crow all you want! :)

The Green Stone Woman said...

I'm very impressed with you first book, Lisa, but I had a very difficult time reading the text and I don't know if that is because of my eyesight or because of the color of your background. Either way, I know that you're happy with the outcome and that is the main thing.

John said...

It was bound to happen...first you make paper now books - soon you will be makinmg computers and drving Intel out of business

Anonymous said...

Is Lisa having too much fun or what? Next thing you know she will be changing the name of her blog to "Skinny Dip"! Ha. Looking forward to seeing the embellishments on the book. Great job,Lisa.
Oooo...can I borrow the rusted muffin tin for MY rust dyeing? Can't wait to see what you do with that.