DCA Bookbinding (Part 6/6)

Was rather sad when the final session came around :( It was such a nice wee course, with lovely people. Thanks for a lovely six weeks lovely people :) and thank you Emma for putting up with us all :)

Well. Last session. Last book.

This time, Japanese Atlas Structure. A fun and pretty simple little book that we whipped up in a couple of hours.

Commonly this book is used to contain atlases into a small book… but i’ve gone for pages from an old book! I think a wee book like this would make a wonderful travel companian, each little segment of book could contain a different piece of your trip; stick in notes, tickets, photos, etc. So that’s kind of what i’m going for in mine… i’m going to make it into a memento of my 21st birthday (which i still need to post about!).

Anyway, step 1: gather your paper. Four sheets for the inner pages, and then something to cover the boards with.

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Here are a few shots of the folding procedures for the inner sections…

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Did that make sense? So, your folding it long ways in on itself in half, with a little gap left in the middle. Then you’re doing the same the other way and leaving a slightly bigger gap in the middle.

Do this with all four sections. Use the first one as a guide, as this will ensure they are all the same size.

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Flatten the folded edges using a bone folder.

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Mark out and cut your board. It needs to fit one edge (ie. the bound edge) exactly, but can be a little bigger on the other three edges.

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Cover your boards. We made cushioned boards, ie. only the inside edges you see here are glued, the front is not, therefore giving it a cushioned effect. But… i’m always one for encouraging creativity, so go wild with your cover!!

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This strip of paper is the binding. Cut it to fit the side of your board, and fold as shown (ensuring you have enough valleys for your sections).

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Glue the two edges to your two cover boards. Hold tightly shut while the glue dries.

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Then glue in each section. Sections are glued to each other, not the binding. So the first section is glued to the cover, the next section is glued to that first section, and so on until you have a finished book… oh and top tip with this is to hold it tightly shut for about an hour or so until it is completely dry to avoid any movements in the binding and…..

ta-dah!

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Well this wee course has filled me with a love for a handmade book and i can say i don’t think i’ll ever buy a sketchbook again (unless it is truly superly awesome)!

Now all i’ve got to do is whip up five artist’s books for each of my Lexicon collections…….. no bother!!!….

See you on the other side…

Chloe out.

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