LEAF PRINTING – Brush the backs of fresh leaves with metallic liquid acrylic paints. Print on paper rubbing the back of the leaf with a soft piece of cloth. Lift up the leaf to reveal the print! Fold an 11 x 8 1/2 piece of paper into 8 sections and slit the middle 2 sections. This one-minute book technique creates a French-fold handmade book!
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.” — Emily Bronte
COLOPHONS WRITTEN AT THE BACK OF A HANDMADE BOOK ARE USED FOR EXPLANATION OF THE KINDS OF MATERIALS USED TO MAKE THE BOOK. In published books Colophons list the typeface. In handmade books the Colophon lists the type of papers used to make the book, the bookbinding technique, pen types, paint mediums & even extra embellishments that may have been included in the book. The Colophon page shown here is from my “The Moon Viewing Party” handmade book, which I created after taking a writing and illustration workshop at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. The print of the Mt. Fuji painting shows Mt. Fuji during the autumn when the moon is fullest.
HANDMADE BLANK ART JOURNALS The cover papers of these handmade blank books are beautiful handmade papers. The 14 double-sided (28 pages to paint or draw on) interior pages are 90 lb. Stonehenge paper, which is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel. These books are made using a Coptic stitch in a traditional book-binding method. The books have a wonderful “hefty” feel to them, the page paper is thick. The cover can inspire art for the interior of the book: Blue fish could be a sketchbook of 28 sketches/paintings of fish, the Aqua marbled book could have sketches of ocean landscapes or planets, the colorful paper umbrella book could have sketches of your own hand-painted umbrellas or fans OR your blank books could hold your poetry and dreams. It’s up to you!