Making handmade books is a great way to present your work and we’ve found it a calming craft to keep our hands busy.
There are many traditional bookmaking styles out there to ensure your book or journal remains archival and well bound – standing the test of time. This tutorial will be a faster version, for folks who just need a quick journal. The pages won’t be stitched with some elaborate thread binding, this will be a single book signature with 1 knot tying the pages together at the seam.
Paintbrush or Stippling Brush for gluing (remember to keep wet in a jar while working)
Exacto Knife & Cutting Board
Chip Board (Comes in various widths but the backs of old sketchbooks are usually fine)
Pencil and Ruler for marking where to cut
Final step: Once the last bit of glue is secure, immediately stack your book in a safe, dry place and pile as many heavy flat items you can find to press the book down with weight. Leave the book pressed for at least 12hours. This will make sure the book cover and pages don’t buckle from the glue and everything dries flat.
I usually secure my books between sheets of chipboard and stack my macbook pro, along with big textbooks books and such on top for added weight. 😉
Annnnd you made it! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and share with us your progress-happy printing! @blkgrlswurld_zine