Handmade books

I’ve been madly making handmade books with all the painted papers I made on LK Ludwig’s course last month.  I love her method of making books as it is easy and doesn’t require lots of accurate measuring or covering board with paper or anything like that.  Or stitching the boards on to the signatures – you just glue them on to tapes that you’ve incorporated into the stitching of the signatures.   Yummy.  Here are some of them:

hand made book

Look away, Carol, or any other of my book collecting friends!… because these ones use the boards from old books.  But I only used ones which would get thrown away anyway, or put into the recycling bin.  Rescued books…

hand made book

As well as the painted papers course, I’ve now signed up to LK’s shadows and light journalling course so I’m going to be drawing over the photos you see in the journals.  Or some of them.

hand made book


The photo below shows four of the books sitting on top of a larger one which I made to focus on leaves and reeds and nature generally.  This bookmaking is getting addictive!



This one is using some leather scraps that I’ve had sitting in a bag for ages.  They make great tapes for attaching the boards.  The book is an old children’s book that was falling apart, which I painted over with black acrylic paint then scratched into to reveal the printed cover underneath.  And I’ve kept the inside pages to print over with my Gocco.

I also had a bit of a play with some paper from my Pogo printer today.  I read somewhere that it was heat activated so I messed around with my craft soldering iron.  I found that by varying the speed with which I drew with it, I could alter the colours it produced.  And by using the side of the tip rather than the tip itself, could vary the width.  Fun! I think I’ll try it on some of the photos I have printed with them to make them more personal.

drawing on pogo paper

Painted papers course

First of all, let me show you a photo of the reeds in February, just so you know I’m keeping up with my resolve!  (Not that one lot of photos a month is exactly onerous but still…)

February reeds

I love the colours in that one.  It was a glorious, crisp, sunny winter’s day last week.

A few weeks ago I signed up to do an online course, hoping to get my creative mojo going again, and it definitely worked!  I did LK Ludwig’s Printed Patterned Painted journal making class – Karen Stiehl Osborn was doing it and mentioned it in her newsletter. 

Here are a few of the painted papers I’ve made:






Can you believe these were made with acrylic paint, a few old credit cards and some foam stamps or stencils?  My (mostly) home made stamps box is getting fuller:


I have actually made two journals out of them so far, but don’t seem to have any photos yet!  Here is one in process of construction.


Besides all this, I spent most of last week monoprinting over them with a gelatin plate – this time I used Rayna’s recipe and it is still going a week later!!! Last year it cracked up after a day or so, and Rayna’s recipe is definitely easier so I will be using that from now on…  I seem to have been so busy printing that I haven’t taken any photos yet so that’ll be the next post.    Last week it was half term and DH was away in India and I seemed to get a lot more done, for some reason!  I also finished the two large reeds hangings finally so pics of them will be forthcoming as well.