27 September 2013

Pay-What-You-Want Handbound Blank Books

For info on this sale and how it works, please see this post.

This batch of goodies is all the blank books and journals I have on hand. They range from simple pamphlet-style booklets, to full-on leather-and-marbled-paper hardcovers. Many of them I will never make again, except as a special order, or on a whim.

I also have a small stash of demo pieces and seconds I'll be including here and there, secretly, in people's orders, as long as I can do so without bumping up the shipping cost.

Rainbow Raygun Monochrome

These are little hardcover notebooks I made as a challenge to see if I could make a whole rainbow of books where each one used only one colour. They are pamphlet-bound inside, and the pages also match the covers (so the red book has red pages, the blue book has blue pages, etc). I only made one of each, and will never make more. They were originally priced at $20 and measure about 3.5 by 3.5 inches, and about 1/2 inch thick.

Dragonfly Pamphlets

These pamphlet books were printed from hand-set type and a linocut on handmade paper. The small one is 4x6 inches and has cream paper inside (11 available), the squarish one is 7 by 8 inches and has cream paper (1 available), and the larger one is 6 by 9.5 inches -- three have yellow stitching and yellow paper, two have green stitching and green paper, and 3 have brownish stitching and yellowy-brown paper. Original retail was $6 for the small one and $12 for the larger ones.

Miscellaneous Pamphlets

These little booklets were also printed from linocuts (except the blank one and the pointy finger which is a vintage printer's ornament with gold embossing powder) on handmade paper. The one with the silk ribbon has kraft paper inside and is 3.25 by 4.5 inches (only 1 of these available). The fish at the top is 4.5 by 5.5 inches, and has pale green paper (1 available), the dragonfly is also 4.5 by 5.5 inches and has orange paper (3 available), the fish on the right is 4 x 6 inches and has cream paper (6 available), and the pointy finger book has pale kraft paper and is 4.5 by 4.5 inches (1 available). Original retail was $6.

More Blank Books

The two two books are accordion-fold with red paper, Japanese paper-covered hard covers and a satin ribbon tie. They measure 2.5 by 6.5 inches, and originally sold for $10. The two shown are the only ones left. The red book on the left is a cross-structure notebook with cardstock cover and blue interior paper. The image was printed from a vintage printer's ornament with gold embossing powder. I can't remember the price I had on it.

The two red books on the right are cross-structure with cardstock covers, printed with hand-set metal type. the paper in the TOP SECRET one is cream and green, and in the mine one it's pale green, yellow, and orange. They measure about 4x5 inches and original retail was $20.

The ochre book in the middle is an English craft binding, hand-sewn in sections. The cover laces into the book block (not visible when you look at it, but it makes the book very strong), and it has cream paper inside with deep blue leather and marbled paper on the cover. I make very few of these and generally sell them for way less than I should. Original retail was $60.


My tribute to the steampunk genre. These are cross-structure books with parchment-patterned bond paper pages. The covers are recycled garment leathers and suedes, lined with Japanese paper. The fronts have laminated-on real wood veneer, and each one closes with either a vintage key (deliberate rusted and sprayed with matte sealer) or a clock hand. Retail was originally $65.

Fan Books

Made on a whim during a particularly hot summer, these blank books have cardstock pages and are post-bound with a single post so the can open normally, or fan out in a circular manner. The label on the gold/burgundy one is not adhered, so you can put whatever you want there.

One more upcoming post, or maybe two, and I'll be done! Next: book jewellery and printing plate jewellery.

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