Thanks so much for your wonderful response to last week's blog post of tips and resources for beginner bookbinders! I truly appreciate all the messages and likes you send my way! As I also got to answer quite a few bookbinding related questions, I came to think of making another Instagram Office Hours session happen sometime soon. Maybe even with one-on-one feedback/coaching with a few lucky bookbinders on Instagram! What do you think? Want me to look at your book photos and tell you everything you've been doing wrong? Just kidding, I'm actually pretty nice, and I'm good at giving actionable feedback.
This year I have every intention to spend more time away from art and bookbinding. To most people that sound like a terrible idea, but not to me. I've mentioned before I'm writing my second poetry book, and writing requires more room for breathing than I had last year. I was invited to perform at a local poetry club last Tuesday, so I had a pretty good reason to go into editing mode and finally put together something that resembles a near-finished text. It felt great, the performance went really well, and I had a fun night afterwards. So, now I hope to pick up from where I left on Tuesday and assemble more decent text now that I'm on a roll.
Between the hours of rearranging text both in files and as a cut up mess on the living room floor I made some new bullet journals for the shop. There are still some bullet journals with kraft paper pages left from the earlier lots but the situation with the white dotted grid journals was getting desperate. To ease the situation there are now six large bullet journals and two slimmer ones now available.
These slimmer bullet journals are just the thing for people liking the tall and slim Traveler's notebooks but wanting something more unique. The measurements aren't identical, though - the slim books measure 13x20,5x1,2cm / 5.1"x8.1"x0.5", giving you a bit more width than the Traveler's notebooks. The larger bullet journals measure 14,4x20,5x1,2cm / 5.7"x8.1"x0.5" and both have 72 pages of off-white 90gsm drawing paper with grey 5mm dotted grid. You can find the larger bullet journals here, and the slim ones here. As always, only one in each colour was made, so speed is your friend if you're after something particular!
Funnily enough I seldom get papercuts while binding books, but poetry gets me every time... And my next project is a mixed media related one, and one that will most likely give me bleeding fingers, too.