Well, that didn’t work …

The title is a bit misleading, as most of what I did this week worked just fine.

I have nine of the ‘Days’ cut for A Month of Sun Days, so things are progressing nicely on that project. I have chosen nine cutting patterns in all. Since there are more than nine gold ‘Days’, some of them have a pattern number with a small a. This means the cutting pattern will be inverted. The image below shows how patterns are assigned to colours. The turquoise line indicates which row of patterns I am working on.

The ‘Days’ will have corner pieces added to lock the folds into place. Here’s a picture of corner pieces from my piece Heat Wave,

and here is Heat Wave to show what the corner pieces look like in place.

About the one that didn’t work: I started with the square unit used in this slide-together kusudama and added a graphic design of mistletoe.

The unit below was the result.

I’m not sure what I did during the process of creating the design, but something was definitely wrong when I printed it.

I decided I would test out the assembly anyway before trying to correct the weird colour.

Also not a success because it was too ‘busy’ and really tricky to assemble, so it’s —quite literally— back to the drawing board.


It is almost time to produce the annual Beeston Calendar so I thought I would share one of my favourite pictures of Beeston. (Yes a tiny butterfly really did land on his nose while we were out having coffee with friends.) The image was used for the cover of the first Beeston calendar in 2008.

In other book arts news:

I haven’t created a DIY project for you so far this month. If you would like to make this little book, you will find it here. You can find many other books to make at the Quarantine Public Library.


The Center for Book Arts in New York has lots of classes lined up for fall. You can read all about them on this webpage.


Want to learn brush lettering or improve your skill level? Letterform Archive is offering an online course. Read more about it and register here.


This is only indirectly book arts related, but if you are intrigued by artificially ‘skeletonized’ leaves, you may want to read this post from The Public Domain Review.

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. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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