Monday, 16 February 2015

India and Africa

Two more books completed over the weekend.  A continuation of the Rainbows theme... and something quite the opposite.

A Rainbow of Handmade Indian papers.  The paper for the pages is 100% cotton-rag handmade paper. Ten sheets are coloured - each one different - and each wraps round a sheet of plain white.  You can see all the deckled edges, from making each page in a mould. You can also see the texture of the mould on the paper's surface (see third photo). 

I used another Indian paper for the covers - this has been printed with gorgeous, bright butterflies. And glitter - there is So Much lovely glitter!  

For the lining of each cover, I found some hand-made mulberry paper and I used bright orange hemp cord for the Coptic binding.  

I love this one! 

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And, for a total change, I made a book with black and cream papers.  The cover paper has African animals, in cream, on a black and charcoal African-style geometric background.  

I chose black dupioni silk for a quarter-binding on the traditional-style "case" hard cover binding. Inside, I added end-papers of black, embossed, snake-skin design paper, which is a mixture of matte and glossy black - very effective.  

The pages are smooth, crisp cream text paper.  

It turned out pretty well. 

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I'm very pleased with these... Now I'm off to make more! 

Thanks for reading! 


  1. Such a contrast to each other, and each so stylish in their own way. I do like that binding of the little 'pamplets' ...

    1. Do you mean the multi-coloured pages, Alexa? I suppose they are like pamphlets bound together!

  2. Oh wow, these are both beautiful! The neat-freak in me approves of the clean lines of the second, but I particularly love the colourful exuberance of the first :)

    1. I agree completely - it's a great contrast and I really enjoyed making them both. The Africa one sold almost immediately, but I'm hoping the butterflies will soon find a happy home too!


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