Feathers: another DIY artist’s book — part 2

As promised, this week’s post is a free printable version of a cover for Feathersand instructions on how to make and attach it.

You can download the pdf here. When printed on 8.5 x 11 ” paper you will have something that looks like this:

If you are using A4 or  8.5 x 11″ for the project, print using the Fit setting.

The following instructions are based on printing the accordion on Legal size paper and the cover on 8.5 x 11″ paper. (Instructions for other sizes will come later in this post.) I have provided the cover as a 3-up in the hopes that you can do some experimenting and still have at least one good copy left.

Cut out the top cover using the dashed lines as guides. Score along lines A and B. (Use your folded accordion to double check the width.) Score a second set of lines parallel to A and B approximately where the vertical blue lines are on the diagram. (Use the thickness of your accordion to determine the spacing.) Fold along the score lines.

The back of the cover will be longer than the back page of the accordion. Trim it to match when the accordion is inserted.

Close the cover around the accordion with the tab on the outside and mark (approximately 1″ from the fold) a point on either side of the tab. Pierce holes at the marks after removing the accordion.

Cut a narrow slot between the two holes.

Glue the end 1/2″ of the accordion to the end 1/2″ of the cover.

Fold cover around accordion, insert tab in slot to close, and you have your finished book.

For those of you who printed on other sizes, the instructions are a little more complicated. The Fit setting will have altered the proportions of the cover somewhat, but not enough to fit your accordion.

Cut out the top (marked) copy of the cover. To locate your score lines, centre your accordion over the front cover and mark where the first score lines should be. In the case of the A4 copy, I estimate that your score lines will be about .4 cm in from lines A and B as marked, cutting off the tip of the feather shaft to the left, but leaving the rest of the feather visible. Those who printed on 8.5 x 11″ should do the same, with the score lines in about 5/16″ from A and B. Everyone will need to mark new cutting lines at top and bottom as the Fit copies in both sizes will be shorter top to bottom than the regular copy. All of the rest of the instructions apply.

If anyone has a major problem with this, please feel free to let me know. I have done my best to fake printing on other sizes, and made test copies, but I may not have done it accurately enough!

All of the earlier forms of this book came with actual grouse feathers attached in some way. If you have a grouse feather of your own, please feel free to add it to the book as you choose. Everyone else will have to make do with the image of a grouse breast feather on the cover.

A note about the typography: although many people currently sneer at the use of Papyrus, I have kept it in this edition. (I have also used Comic Sans in books where it seemed appropriate.) I used Papyrus in the original Bird Book and the edition of Feathers both because its appearance suits the image and because the wrap covers used in each case were made from actual papyrus.

This post is being published a bit late today because I spent much of yesterday at a CBBAGSask swap gathering in Craik, Saskatchewan. It was a lot of fun and I will write  about it next week.






About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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5 Responses to Feathers: another DIY artist’s book — part 2

  1. lcmt says:

    I am fond of Papyrus, it is an undeniably beautiful font.


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