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Archive for May, 2007

Red Rock Ride

Folded pagesI used my sister-in-law’s photos of a horseback riding trip she took to create my book. The first step in creating this book was folding all of the pages. The background (the blue paper) is folded accordian style and is made out of two sheets of canson paper joined together with double-sided archival tape. The foreground (yellow) and middle ground (red) are made from individual sheets. First, I folded the edges and then they were folded in half. The edges are folded first because they are used to join the two pieces.

After all the folding was completed, I began assembling my book. I used the photos quite literally, cutting them apart into individual sections, and then gluing them where I wanted them to appear in the book. Believe it or not, we used regular stick glue for this project. Using paste would have made the pages too wet.

Laying out the pages

Assembling a pageI used the double-sided archival tape to assemble the pages together. The tape is applied to the back of the tabs on the foreground and then taped to the middle ground. The tape is then applied to the front of the tabs on the middle ground and then taped to the background.

Folding the star shapeOnce the pages were assembled, it was easy to move into the star-shaped pattern to see how the project really looked.

After this, we added a cover that would be used to tie the book open or closed. The cover was made out of one sheet of canson paper and a ribbon was folded into the edges and taped down for the closure. The star shape is thrown off a little by the inclusion of the cover, but that’s okay.

Finished bookFinished book - take two

I really enjoyed making this book and have some ideas for a couple of others – one for my son and one for my mother.  This style of book really appeals to me, and I’m looking forward to making more and including pop-ups in them. 🙂

I go back to making the more traditional hard-cover book this coming weekend.

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Pop-up magic

I’ve definitely got a much better understanding of what a carousel book is now. Plus, I’ve had a basic introduction to making pop-ups! Yeah!

So, traditionally a carousel book looks like a star when viewed from the top. It is made of five panels with three sections in each panel. Think about it as telling a visual story or viewing scenes from a play. The sections work together to create visual depth by giving each panel a foreground, middle, and a background, like a stage setting.

To learn how to assemble this, we’re all making a book with the same dimensions. It’s a form that works well with architecture and landscapes because they each contain the elements that this form needs.

Here are some examples of this type of book that I’ve found on the web. Looking at these really gave me a better picture of this type of book.

I’m finding the hardest part to be designing the panels.  We’ll see how it turns out.  I’m using landscapes and being too literal I think in how I’m doing this.  I have so many ideas for other designs now though that I think I’ll be making several more over the summer.

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Carousel Books

I begin my next class on Wednesday.  This is a unique class on making carousel books.  These are books that contain “three-dimensional panoramic scenes that are revealed in multilayered openings that recede into space. Its seductiveness comes as a result of its construction, a series of five scenes, which when taken together are a play in five acts. Viewed through windows or other intricate opening, they take the viewer in their world, beckoning with surprises of creative multidimensional visual experiences. When fully opened it creates a full 180 degrees stage, which from an aerial perspective can be seen as a complex star, with the viewer performing a dance around it.”

I can’t wait.  It sounds so interesting and complex.  I hope I’m up for the challenge.

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Folding Box

Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. Sorry. I haven’t had a lot of time lately. We’ve been experimenting with a new bedtime routine for our son, and while it’s been going well; I’ve been left a little tired. 🙂

But, I’m back now and ready to write about the folding box. I actually have all the pieces, bookcloth, and paper to finish a second one here at home. Perhaps, I’ll do that this weekend.

What’s really nice about this box is that it’s easy to make multiples. Barbara does have it in the book she wrote but showed us a slightly different method in class. In her book, she calls it the “Postcard Box.” If these posts have gotten you interested in box making, I highly recommend you find her book. She has great information on adhesives, papers, and everthing involved.

Anyway, I created this box to hold 4×6 photos, so I used 60-point board to make it. My notes say to never use more than 80-point. It’s easy to make multiples of this box, because basically, you cut five identical boards to make the box. Then several of the pieces get trimmed. So once you know the dimensions, it’s easy to cut out multiples. The only piece that gets cut separately is the cover because that needs to be slightly larger.

Once the pieces were cut, I cut a piece of bookcloth that would accommodate the cover, spine, base, fore-edge wall, and fore-edge. These pieces are laid out on the bookcloth in a continuous line. Of course, the grain in the cloth had to match the grain direction of the boards, which was running head to tail.

Covering the box

Gluing the pieces is done like any other box. Apply mixture to the board and lay it onto the cloth. The cover is placed first being sure to leave 1/2 inch at the end and about 3/4 inch at the head and tail. A spacer (2 board thicknesses) is used to make sure that enough room will be left for the spine. A straight edge is placed on the top of the cover so that the next piece will be perfectly aligned. And so on.

Head and Tail wallsOnce all the pieces were on I glued the top and bottom turnins down and used my bone folder with a piece of newsprint to fold the cloth into the spine. Then I glued the ends. The next step was gluing the head and tail walls.

This was a little different. They were glued normally, except that I had to leave a 1-inch turnin uncut. This piece is what is used to attach the head and tail walls to the base of the box.

The next step was applying hinges and paper. Now, before the hinges were applied, it was necessary to determine which type of closure I wanted on the box. If I were going to use ribbon, that would have needed to be done first. This is because I would have wanted to hide the ribbon on the inside as I did with my other box. In this case, the ribbon would have gone through the cover to create the holder and through the fore-edge wall for the ribbon with bone clasp. Then the hinges. But, I chose to do a button closure on this box and there would be no way to hide the elastic, so I went forward with the hinging.

Attaching the head and tailHinges are applied over the spine, the fore-edge wall, and the head and tail walls. Once the hinges are done, the head and tail walls are attached to the base. Next up, I applied my decorative paper to all bare surfaces, and pressed the box.

If you note in the picture, the hinge piece for the head and tail extended to the end.  Then a small cornering piece was cut off so that when it was glued onto the base, it would be neater and wouldn’t extend into the spine on either side of the base.

I don’t have a picture of this box in its finished state.  I actually still have to add the closure to it. So, I’ll be visiting a store and looking at buttons very soon. 🙂

One of my classmates, Carol, was making this box for a small bar of soap and cut enough pieces to do 60 of them, I think.  eeek!  She made some really beautiful boxes. In two of my classes now, I’ve encountered people who are going to library school, and I just love that.  Carol was one of them.

I head back to class next week to learn about creating carosel books.  Yeah!

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