For a long time now, I've had this piece of leather. I would imagine it has been well over two years. The amount of times I have picked it up, placed folded signatures inside it and imagined it as a complete journal, I have lost count.
Every day I have been staining paper. Filling up the kettle, running up and down the stairs with paper, tearing paper, laying it out and gathering it up again. Although somewhat time consuming, I enjoy the monotonous process which is quite simple as one step in a Bibliographica journal creation. When I started making books I didn't stain the pages. I tried it once on a miniature book & loved it so much. I thought to myself "I'd so love ALL my journals to look like this!!" I couldn't fathom the time it would take to do that, and also I was living on Waiheke Island which is entirely reliant on tank water, so this was almost out of the question.
But I made it happen. It was like my photography when I was constantly in the darkroom. All my prints were black and white on fiber based paper. Then I discovered Agfa brown toner and sepia toners, (and other nasty chemical additions). After that, if my photographs were still black and white, they were deemed incomplete. I made everything brown. My tutor said this to me "you love brown! everything you make ends up brown" which is funny, really. I guess I go for the old nostalgic look of things and have always been drawn to old objects that emanate a history. This is always in my mind as I work, as a goal.
So I have finally found some paper that fits this journal cover, and some delightful thick brocade fabric to fill the natural almond shaped hole. It's a really big thrill for me. The cover is now sleeping in the press, there's going to be an obscene amount of paper inside it for a prolific writer. I'll probably feel arthritic by the time I have finished binding it. I may emboss it some more first.... who knows, these things generally take on a life of their own, and end up directing me, rather than the other way around...
I'll post back with complete images. :)
I hope you are all well and enjoying being crafty. You are all such worldly creative creatures and I'm grateful to have you in this little corner of my world. :) xx