Sunday, 20 September 2009
One friend delivered my sewing machine from Holland. Time to explore a whole new medium! I have lots of ideas but must first discover how to work it...
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
The Netherlands. From whom?
Tamara, my Paperfection sister, traveled to Nepal and India and is sharing some of the bounty with us. A beautiful bright pashmina,
an embroidered kameez that I love, a cute dress and bangles for her niece, tasty teas, prayer flags, and even some Japanese foods from Holland that I cannot find out here. Also.. some exquisite silks for bookbinding, though I'm not sure about cutting them up just yet!My parents spoiled us with yummy cookies, foods, books, and gifts for our little girl. Even the tablecloth, with a game printed on, was in the box. And, there were fabrics, ribbons and an assortment of wallpaper samples for my books! I use the latter for the inside covers or first pages of my minibooks, I think this looks really funky:Life's also abundant out in the wild. We picked heaps and heaps of blackberries, a few figs, wild fennel... And now I'm happily jamming and chutneying away. A friend suggested blackberry ice cream,
I think I'll give this a try too! I've only labeled and decorated my peach jam jars, so far, so here's a picture. (There's a tutorial coming up about this!)
Friday, 14 August 2009
So, I made her a 'quick and dirty' cahier, in less than an hour.
This was refreshing as many of my painted or appliqued books take me days, even weeks to make.. This fabric-covered cahier is simple but still entirely hand-made and bound, pretty to see and nice to touch. Make one yourself? Here's how!You will need:
- 15 sheets of paper, white, coloured or both. I used A4 printer paper (w 297mm x h 210 or 11.7" x 8.3").
- cardstock or cardboard, same height as but a little wider than your paper.
- fabric, to cover cardstock, big enough to leave a margin of one or two cm around your cardstock. Iron creases out if necessary.
- cutting mat, sharp knife, pencil, ruler, and set square if you are a perfectionist.
- cotton thread, large needle, pair of scissors, one or two beads, paper piercer (optional).
- acid-free glue (for books or, cheaper, for wood), big brush.
- bonefolder or wrong side of a table knife.
Step by step:1. Making the book
a. Carefully fold your 15 sheets in half using a bonefolder or the blunt side of a table knife.
b. Collect these sheets, fold them into one another until you have what begins to look like a book. If you haven't done it already, cut your cardstock the same height and a little wider than your paper, using ruler, set square, knife and cutting mat. Fold in half and slip around your book.
a. Take your cover off of your pages again, squirt a royal amount of glue onto the front and spread out evenly with a brush (easier with a slightly damp brush). Leave to dry for a few seconds and press onto fabric.
b. Make sure you fold your cover before you glue the back to the fabric too, so it won't get too tight.
c. Cut the fabric off along the edges of your cover.
3. Preparing for binding
a. In the crease of your cover mark one cm from the top and one from the bottom. Between those two dots distribute two more so you create three intervals of the same length (with this size paper 6,33 cm each). You end up with 4 dots.
b. Take a needle (or paper piercer) and pierce through the dots.
b. Pick up your book without cover. From the outside put the needle through the top hole (#1). Pull through and leave a tail dangling that is roughly twice the height of your book.
c. Fold your book back into its cover. From the inside pull needle through the second hole (#2). This time go through both book and cover.
d. From the outside pull needle through hole #3.
e. From the inside pull needle through hole #4.
f. Now go back up again. Put needle through #3 from the outside, then through #2 from the inside.
g. At the top hole, #1, only pierce through your pages, not through the cover. Your threads meet up again so now you can tie a knot
(left over right, right over left). The knot will be neatly hidden between pages and cover.
5. Finishing off: making a pagemarker
a. Take both threads over the top of your pages, place them along the inside fold.
b. A few cms below your book tie a knot, slip on some beads,
tie another knot and cut off excess thread. You now have a fully functional and pretty pagemarker.
c. Leave the booklet to dry for a while underneath a pile of books. Et voilà: your own hand-made cahier or notebook, containing thirty pages (sixty counting both sides), ready to use!
I'd love to see pictures of yours, if you make one!
Monday, 3 August 2009
And... a personalized Paperfection gift book, hand-painted with the Trinité font and bound Coptic style. I hope I succeeded in making it more of a guy book than a girly journal by leaving out beads and frills and keeping it simple.
The wine, Luscinia Canta, by the way, is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It was made with loving care too, by my own sweetheart, in the Catalan Pyrenees.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Especially embroidering the names neatly took forever but I like how it turned out. Next time, though, I should perhaps use thinner thread or heavier fabric.
I immensely enjoy adding all the little details:
These are coptic bound books with heavy high quality white paper and coloured cardstock. They measure 14cm x 11cm, or 5.5" x 4.3". The books were intended as gifts so I made matching little cards.
Friday, 22 May 2009
She was paired up with Jealousy Design, a Swedish artist who creates beautiful jewellery. Jealousy uses natural materials. Her style is, as she puts it herself, 'very variable but often pretty clean design'. At first this scared Tamara a bit because she herself usually makes lavishly ornate and colourful origami objects. So, what to do?
I think she came up with a very elegant version of her star garlands using paper in earth tones, shells, wooden beads and seeds.
A complementary keychain:
Tamara, in turn, received a beautiful pair of earrings from Zsuzsa of ZsBcreations: glass flowers in delicate pink, silver leaves and turquoise swarovski beads. Totally her style! Thank you Zsuzsa! Thanks again Mitsy for facilitating this exchange.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
I considered to be a little too frivolous back then: bookbinding, sewing and now crochet too. But these open up an entirely new range of possibilities, especially once you start combining them. Such fun!
I just love coordinated sets of handmade items. So, my Easter Bunny suprise package for Viltalakim also included a crocheted flower brooch. Kim teaches floristry and loves reds, purples and pinks.
She makes amazing wet felt creations herself.
Paperfection Holland, my sister Tamara, (who participated separately in the Secret Easter Gift Exchange - we'll blog about that soon!) threw in an origami keychain in matching colours. The soft toy is also the first of many I sense that are going to materialize...
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Thank you so much Huismus, thank you ArtMind!
Monday, 16 March 2009
(1) is a spring poster I made a couple of years ago with almond blossom and a dreamy little fairy. It was never printed so I thought I'd get it out just once more. Let spring come!
Monday, 9 March 2009
This morning I was happy to find two of our items in especially pretty treasuries. Tamara's Icy Blue Origami Ball looks very fresh amongst these desirables:
My A-Z Journal is definitely not vintage, but look how well it goes with these finds:
Saturday, 28 February 2009
So here are 16 things we love:
1. Our daughter & niece.
3. Snow-capped mountains.
4. Tapas & also good wine.
5. Mr Paper & also Mr Fection.
6. Making books & ornaments.
7. Cats Frits (pictured), Tommie & Evie.
9. Games, having fun & a little competition.
10. More smiles.
12. Trying new materials & techniques.
13. Cakes, the more sugary, fruity & chocolaty, the better!
14. Themes & colour collections.
15. Even more smiles!
16. Trying more new materials & techniques.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Now the little one's bedroom features a stunning mobile: sixteen intricate origami balls dangling from a mosaic-tiled cross and finished off with beads and bells.
A year earlier big sis needed ten presents for her girlfriends who she was meeting on a decadent trip to Gran Canaria. She learned how to bind books coptic style from the internet and bound, painted and sewed a series of cutesy little friendship books.
Soon after, when everyone in the family had all the journals and origami decorations they could stand, we decided to set our creations loose in the larger world. Paperfection was born!