Spring is trying her best to arrive, and although I will not be at all surprised by more cold weather, or even snow —it’s still March in Saskatchewan, after all— the worst of winter is definitely over.
We have had bright blue skies for much of the week, and the pussy willows are open at the edge of the pasture north of the house.
I continue to work at my project (the one I can’t show you yet) and a few other things.
I finished backing the map pages, and they are now resting under some book board in a drawer until I am ready to use them.
Next up for backing are pages from an 1897 Funk and Wagnalls dictionary. I will be backing them with Thai mulberry paper.
I am planning to do some paste decoration while the pages are stretched, which should eliminate the curling that sometimes occurs when making paste papers. I plan to do something simple like the samples below, to allow the printing to show through.
The image above is from buntpapier.org. If you are interested in paper decoration, I highly recommend checking it out here.
I also thought about ways to use a dollar store find: a bag of foam shapes.
They should work well as individual stamps. If I want to make a repeating pattern, I will make a template to space the units consistently.
David has been busy as well. A little over a year ago he wrote a short story/essay about walking and we decided to publish a limited edition. David wanted to do the illustrations. He drew all the pictures so that they can function as black and white illustrations, but he wants to hand colour them to make the little book extra special. This week he was working on finalising colour selection and doing test versions of the pictures.
In other book arts news:
My copy of Bound & Lettered arrived this week. You can read Amity Park’s article on bister inks free online by going here.
You can order a print copy and/or subscribe here.
The best book news of the week for 243 people (Su Blackwell and the 242 individuals who pledged to her Kickstarter campaign) came early Saturday morning, local time.
Now I just have to wait two years (a perfectly reasonable time in the world of publishing) for my copy of the book!