Red Quadrant

Art, books, jewelry, and other things

I’ve started doing a series of leather bound bibliophile jewelry :)

recycled leather and paper, czech glass, sterling silver

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Anonymous asked: Sorry! Interior paper!

vluchtig:

becauseisareason:

This is the question of the century. I have been using a higher quality printer paper (either resume paper or something similar) but I don’t like it (the sides are very uneven, one rough one smooth) and it’s still not really nice paper. I’ve also used sketchbook paper but that requires destroying a perfectly functional already existing book (and I prefer off white to stark white in color anyway). 

So, I don’t actually know. You can use a lot of different things but I don’t have anything I love yet, heck I don’t have anything I like yet either. 

Err… Sorry that wasn’t all that helpful. Anything else I may actually be able to answer? 

I assume this is about paper for the bookblock?
Most of all just use what you have/can get your hands on. Just keep the grain of the paper in mind that is way more important than anything else :)

It’s all about the intended purpose of your book. A well stocked art supply store is the best place to find some  papers to try. Not everything there has to be outrageously expensive :) Sketchpaper or the cheaper brands of drawingpaper are quite good. Some watercolorpaper is great but it can be very stiff to use in smaller books.

For books that have no real purpose other than looking good/interesting I like the clairfontaine Trophee line because they have a gazillion colors, the texture is nice and it’s one of few reasonably affordable papers that don’t warp and crinkle like crazy the second it comes in contact with anything wet (like glue). These I buy at an office supply store. I do get them in A3 sheets or larger if I can because of previously mentioned grain direction.

Hope that helps a wee bit. Sorry I can’t give you any addresses, I am in the netherlands and I think most of my suppliers don’t even ship to the us.

I’m a big fan of Strathmore’s drawing and sketch paper for a lot of things. It’s really easy to find, and relatively inexpensive and nice to work with. The 400 and 500 series are a little pricier than some of their student quality stuff, but it’s so worth it. They also make a hemp charcoal paper, which is a little more difficult to find but has a nice soft texture and interesting fiber inclusions. Usually I’ll buy the largest sketchbook I can find and then tear the pages down to the size that I need.

If I’m looking for something really posh, this is my go-to paper. It’s on the expensive side, but AMAZING to work with. I use that for most of my mini books, especially the ones with calligraphy inside. 

updownbindery:

The experiment finished! What do you think?

I love it!

Copper and bloodstone.

Copper and bloodstone.

vluchtig:

Thursday evening is school night. Which is long and exhausting and I often have trouble sleeping afterwards. This night I spent my waking hours sorting through a large part of the remaining embroidery floss. Most of these are pure silk the rest is cotton.

Ooh, so pretty. I need to get a case like this, my silks are out of control :P

vluchtig:

Thursday evening is school night. Which is long and exhausting and I often have trouble sleeping afterwards. This night I spent my waking hours sorting through a large part of the remaining embroidery floss. Most of these are pure silk the rest is cotton.

Ooh, so pretty. I need to get a case like this, my silks are out of control :P

The silk on the cover of this little travel journal is so gorgeously iridescent. 

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updownbindery:

I picked up a super sexy sheet of Rives Paper the other day. It was pricey, but as I tore it down for a text block today, I realized it was worth every penny. So pretty and soft!

Oooh, that paper looks so yummy. 

updownbindery:

I picked up a super sexy sheet of Rives Paper the other day. It was pricey, but as I tore it down for a text block today, I realized it was worth every penny. So pretty and soft!

Oooh, that paper looks so yummy. 

Woven longstitch bindings in recycled leather and cotton bookcloth

The blue and gold book is bound in my handspun silk :)

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Endpapers

gatzbookbinding:

Fellow bookbinders:
Am I the only one that has troubles getting their endpapers right? Like, straight? Like, centered?

Oh man, bane of my existence right there. 

I’ve figured out a trick that helps a lot, but I’m not sure how well I can explain. I’ve started cutting them a little large, then gluing them to the text block. Once the glue is dry I cut them down so that they’re exactly the right size, which then makes it easier to get them into the cover without any crookedness. I’m not sure how much sense this makes because I am super sleep deprived right now, but I hope it’s a little bit helpful. 

Here’s some more of that recycled leather, this time on a blank book pendant. 

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Made a little travel journal with a suede cover and a leather spine. More of these are going to be coming up soon :)