Saturday, December 8, 2012

How To Bind A Book

I have been teaching myself the art of book binding over the last few weeks, and I am pleased to say that I just completed my first one.  There are a few mistakes, to be expected, but generally I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I have to give a big thanks to Sage Reynolds, an artist who has an entire YouTube Channel dedicated to teaching these skills to anyone interested.  Click here to watch his over 90 videos posted on various techniques.  



Step 1.  Cutting the signatures.



Step 2.  Sewing the signatures together.  I used a traditional kettle stitch for my book.  




Step 3. Adding the endpapers and lining the spine.  The spine is reinforced with a special gauze like material and lining paper to give it more structural strength.  


Step 4.  Making the case.  I decided to use a neutral toned book cloth to match the netural end paper, and to create a contrast with the brightly colored images inside.  




The book is a combination of pictures from my trip to Peru and blank pages for sketching and writing.  A free association picture journal..













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