handmade artbooks

Artbooks

I promised I would show you what I did with some of those hand made concertina art books I made earlier so here are a few pics.

 

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Some of the completed art books I’ve made.

I decided to add some little windows to the basic design so I could have an image on the front when it’s closed. I also experimented with different numbers and shapes of the windows and different types of ribbons and cords for tying the books closed. I’m loving the leather strip just wrapped around the plain book several times ! I’m now offering a custom book making service since I enjoy making them so much.

 

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Here you can see how I’ve used the windows to paint tiny pictures to hint at what’s inside. The open book shows a series of seed pod studies from seeds I picked up in my garden and daily walk.

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The books have strong enough covers that you can stand them up on a shelf to display the paintings – this one features colourful Australian birds. I don’t have enough shelves to display all the artbooks I’m making so they’r off to my Etsy shop. where I’ll be offering custom paintings in a custom artbook .

Window concertina sketchbook 2

This is the one I made for The Writer for his birthday – it’s filled with small watercolours of iconic US national parks we visited on our last holiday. He absolutely loves it and keeps it open on the shelf above his computer station.

I’d like to try one filled with flowers for Mother’s Day or some poetry with just a touch of artwork  and maybe one with vintage cars, or cats, or ……..the possibilities are endless!

So that’s what I’ve done with mine – what have you done with yours?

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