The Wrinkly Book
Lately I have been working back into a handmade journal that I began using over 5 years ago. I call it "The Wrinkly Book" because I have painted on all types of not-for-painting papers, making it very wrinkly. I don't mind that kinda thing.
Five years ago I filled up a third of the book but then I ended up sticking it on the shelf for a couple years. This year I brought it back out to work into it again.
I made this book because I love making books, but also so I could have lots of different types of papers in it. I selected some papers I had on hand that were inspiring to me: rice paper, some tan kind of construction paper that feels almost like Canson brand, some pink copy-weight paper, etc. I made 3 folios that mostly matched up height-wise but stayed at a variety of different widths.
The cover was what inspired me to make the book in the first place, because they say "Elements of the Universe". I found these old book covers somewhere--maybe a yard sale? I glued them together using book cloth and a new spine made from book board and I sewed the pages into the cover using a pattern from a Keith Smith book. <- Check him out for some advanced bookbinding patterns. They are more complex than a simple pamphlet stitch but they aren't impossible.
Because I am getting close to completing this hand-made book I wanted to share the completed pages here. Many of these spreads I have posted before, but some I have not:
There's more to come, as I still have about a third of this book to fill up. Thanks for caring!