The bookbinding session today will focus on creating a simple Japanese stab bound book, and a basic hardcover book. The tutorials below will take you through the making of both these books which can then be expanded upon to create more lavish and creative versions…
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Following on from our ’6 Top Tips for Self Publishing’ by David Gray yesterday, we have some top bookbinding tips from visual artist and expert bookbinder Victoria Lucas who joined us for a full days workshop yesterday. Below the tips are upcoming workshop dates that Victoria is running. For anyone interested in the subject, and in displaying work in a beautiful handmade artifact.
1. To ensure an easy page turner, make sure that the grain in your paper runs vertically down the page when folding or sewing your paper. This can be determined by bending the page one way then the other – the bend with the least resistance is the right way.
2. Always use a folding bone to crease your pages, to prevent unsightly smudges and ensure sharp folds and lines. You can also use the back of a teaspoon to achieve the same effect.
3. When determining your layout for printing, make a mock-up version using scrap paper and sketch where you would like each image / text to sit within the book. You can then disassemble and use these pages as a template when printing each individual page before binding together.
4. When cutting blocks of paper, you can achieve perfect . . . → Read More: Bookbinding Tips from Victoria Lucas