Thursday, December 6, 2018

Inserting a page in my Book

I wanted to include some eco-dyeing in my non-journal/non-sketchbook and had several lovely sheets of eco-dyed paper waiting in the wings. But I don't want to add much thickness to the book. Some of the eco-dyed papers are lovely on both sides so I decided to cut a window in a page of the book and insert a piece of eco-dyed paper. But how to attach it? I happened upon some fine twine I'd saved and decided to sew it in.
The center cut out of the page, a gold border, the fine twine, and a pin for poking holes.
Holes poked, clips holding the art page in place, and part of the sewing done.
The twine was a good length and I wasn't concerned about having enough to go around... until I started going around. :s
I changed my mind often during the process, at the same time thinking about how I would finish if I did run out of twine. In the end, I had enough, just enough, and tied the two ends in a reef knot with the aid of tweezers. Hurray!

I drew on both sides first. Here is the page, sewn in:

I'm not certain the second side is done. I wanted to leave a lot of the eco-dye showing without embellishment, but it just seems a bit unfinished. Maybe it's my "when in doubt, add more" kicking in!

9 comments:

  1. Clever way to add a page, whilst also being incredibly beautiful! I think the second page counts as done, but equally if you feel inclined to add a little more. Makes me think of eating, feeling full, pushing the plate away, then some minutes later taking another little nibble!

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    1. Thank you! I’m going to leave it for now. There are a few other pages that are works in progress .

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  2. What a creative and GORGEOUS addition to your nonjournal!! And that tiny, shiny border! Is it paint, tape or ?? I always appreciate seeing how you tangle eco-dyed paper. I have some which I gaze at now and then ... and I see ... only nature's art and am seldom able to envision what I might add! I must study the befores and afters you have posted for inspiration. :)

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    1. Thanks! The gold (and copper on the second page) was done with Sakura metallic pens.
      Maybe take a piece of your eco-dyed paper and just start, make a mark (the “four dots” in Zentangle) and let it lead you.

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  3. So clever and a beautiful result! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I've been enjoying your beautiful drawings for a few years. Thank you very much for all the sharing. This interesting way of inserting has shown your creativity again. And your eco-dyed colours look as yummy as always! May I ask you what camera you're using to capture such subtly rich colors?

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    1. Thank you! Lately I’ve been taking photos with my iPhone, sending them to my computer, and tweaking the light and color before posting. (I also have a scanner which is now working again - hurray! - so I’ll be using that more.)

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  5. What a wonderful way to insert a page without adding weight to the journal. Thank you for sharing how you did it - I think that both sides are lovely!!

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