This post was originally titled ‘Combining Practices’ a good four weeks ago. Yup that’s how long I have procrastinated. Four weeks and two more handmade books(Actually it’s more like one and a half handmade books. You see what I mean when I get down to writing Book-Making IV.) later, I am making myself put the pictures I have taken and doctored down.
Come to think of it, I’ve always loved making books. I made little record books detailing the loans and returns of my humble library collection at age 7. Or 8. Or maybe 9. I also made a jute-covered storybook for the hubs during dating days and little hand-sewn note books for my gal pals B., K. and A. before returning to SG last June.
So when gal pal Randy asked me if I would help with her wedding guest book, I jumped at the opportunity!
It has to be a special book so the first thing I did was to tea-stain the pages. I love applying tea to the sheets of paper without a care in the world. I love having to wait patiently for the tea to dry and feeling a joyful glow when the tea pooled and dried created really gorgeous textures. I love how one tea-stained sheet is different from the next.
Ok you get the point I’m sure: I love tea-staining. After the sheets dried, they were gathered and arranged. Tried several arrangements of the pages before I decided that tissuey paper must be inserted in between them to soften the look. Yes Mister M, your mother is meticulous, not OCD, like that.
And worked the painted cotton into front and back covers.
By then I was so excited that I started to feel nervous. You know like how you imagine something being perfect and it just turned out not? Yah I doubt myself A LOT. Anyways, self-talked out of my silliness and continued working.
Zen-ly poking bind holes proved quite therapeutic for a frenzied mind.
With this upside-down photo collage I conclude the first part of my virgin serious book-making.
Coming soon: Processes of making this baby wedding guest book-worthy.
Cheers and happy Thursday folks!