Monday, May 22, 2017

Tiny Books Get Tinier!

 Still using bits & pieces, leftover swatches of watercolor play.
 
I switched from accordion pages 
to simple pamphlet stitched pages for these little guys.

Non-adhesive covers (previous posts) 
with store bought fancy papers and Canson,
with a pamphlet stitched signature.
.
 Learn some skills, then use them in different combinations. 
I've let go of wanting immediate perfection, and
with each new book, there is indeed more precision!
They come from chaos,
tubs of little bits and pieces, 
 
piles of paper scraps,
 
and miscellaneous odds and ends.
And from reading books like
Making Handmade Books 100+ Bindings
by Alisa Golden.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

More Mini Accordions with Some French

Some Materials:
Quality paper 
• du papier de bonne qualité
• du papier qui est souple et flexible
Cardboard
• du carton, l'épaisseur dépende 
sur la taille de livre et sur le type de papier
• un couteau, X-acto knife
(il faut souvent changer la lame)
Glue
• de la colle, je préfere "Yes! Glue" et "UHU glue stick" 
(Bâton de colle) 
Ruler and Triangle
• Une règle de métal, un triangle
Embroidery thread
• du fil de broderie

How To:
Put "non-adhesive accordion book" into Google.
My favorite is the one by Rebecca Edwards,
"How to Make an Accordion Folded Book Without Glue"
But check out lots of others for tips on various techniques.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Il me faut pratiquer avec beaucoup de répétition.

I'm not gifted in cognitive, left brained functioning...
I have to try things and experiment. 

If faut aborder mes projets 
dans un esprit d'exploration, d'aventure, 
d'expérimentation et de découverte. 

I still mess up on new projects like this, 
having  to adjust elements. 
It all works à la fin, just takes me longer.
(But when I will teach it, I will have it down
because of the practice.)

The author of the podcast Français Authentique says: 

"N'avyez pas peur
de faire des erreurs." 

Dont' be afraid to make mistakes.
Oui, j'en essaie.