My little handmade book is finished. I’m really pleased how it turned out but sad that it’s now finished as I enjoyed making it so much. Sometimes I felt slightly uneasy at how much this project has meant to me, it certainly helped me focus on the small pleasures in life that made me happy in these strange times.
The book originally started as a few ecoprinted concertina pages but as I didn’t want to lose the end pages I decided to make signatures and have these as pull out pages. More pages were made, some with pockets. There was damage to the folds in places so tissue and metal leaf were used as a ‘sticking plaster’, I thought this kind of fitting.
I wanted to add some drawings of birds and mammals that had visited my garden, I was going to glue in my drawings but they didn’t look right, I scanned, printed on a laser printer then did an image transfer using Citrasolv to get a printed look. Once I worked out how to flip text using Open Office I added some words. We wrote some haiku one evening, I thought this would add another dimension to the book. I think the combination of haiku with the ecoprints is a beautiful thing, I will be doing more of these in future.
Photos were printed in black and white or desaturated colours, some were toned down with coffee. I included the rare special days like V. E. Day, when I baked my Gran’s wartime ginger cake recipe for our tea party in the garden. Also the one day we had drinks with friends, another happy memory to hang on to.
This photo collage shows some pictures of my little book’s journey.
Here’s my finished book, I hope you like it as much as I do.
Just as life isn’t perfect my book isn’t perfect but there is beauty in imperfection.