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Book Fun

This is actually a post about book binding, not about novels. Sorry, if you were hoping for a novel post.

In December 2014, I was asked to teach a bookbinding class at a local art store (local being Buffalo in this case). Of course I jumped at the chance to teach others about bookbinding, and the manager and I decided to focus on a March course.

Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to figure out how to design books using new techniques. After all, most of the supplies I would use would have to come through the art store, which knocked out most of the fabric I used to cover my books.

My option was to use gold leaf, and other fun things like that. It's been fun trying things. I happened to use Speedball's Mona Lisa Simple Leaf along with the adhesive pen by the same company. Back in college, I used some gold leaf for a class project, but haven't used it since then.

Now, after using it today, I realized how much fun it is. Very excited about trying some new things with it.

One thing I did realize was I have to glue my book covers before using the adhesive pen. I use Mod Podge for my book binding, and usually wind up applying a layer of glue to the top of my paper journals anyway to protect them.

In the most recent project, I used a new book cloth, and didn't apply a layer of glue at first. When I applied the gold leaf adhesive, it soaked right into the cloth. After applying a layer of gold, the gold leaf adhesive held.

All in all, I'm impressed by all three items (gold leaf, adhesive, and book cloth).


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