Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Reading journal

I made this reading journal for myself in December and have been using it since the beginning of this year. It’s 336 pages long, a traditional hollow-back half-bound book, with Rexine on the spine and corners. The paper covering is gift-wrapping paper with decorated gilt letters copied from old books and manuscripts. That paper was a total horror to work with, and it wasn’t until the second attempt that I managed to get it smoothed onto the boards without tearing it (the trick was to use very thin glue, brush it on very quickly and smooth down the paper onto the boards before the glue weakened it). Since it is so delicate, it should become interestingly worn as time passes and it gets some handling. I have had both good and bad experiences with using gift-wrapping paper in book-making – this was one of the bad ones, but it's so beautiful that it doesn't matter.

I used regular office paper for the pages (weight: 80g per square meter), which is fine for journals as long as they are not intended for heavy ink drawings or watercolour art.

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