Friday, July 18, 2014
New Journal and Small Tutorial
Step 1: Flatten the empty cloth bag from Mafiz Valenciano paella rice and turn it horizontally. Cut or tear 25 sheets of drawing paper from an inexpensive Strathmore drawing pad so that they each measure about 4 1/2" high by 7 or 8" wide. Fold each sheet in half to make little folios that you will then nest inside of each other, 5 folios to a signature (or gathering or booklet).
Step 2. If you want a hard back to your book, slide a piece of light cardboard into the bag, and push it all the way to the bottom. When turned horizontally, the cardboard part of the bag will be to your right. Before doing anything else, sew a seam down the center of that end of the book to keep the cardboard from scooting around.
As you can see here, the open end of the bag is to the left when the book is open. You can leave it like this to use as a pocket for holding pens, small watercolor brushes and small mint tins of watercolor or money or keys or whatever else you want to keep inside the front cover pocket. Or you could slip a second sheet of cardboard in there to make a hard cover.
I left my cover open to use as a pocket. To close everything up, I fold the left side under and slip an old produce rubber band around the book. These paintings are all of stuff I picked from the square foot garden this afternoon and used in the paella tonight. You can see how deformed the okra is. I don't think it's getting enough heat and light. Put the four new plants in today while it was raining.