Book binding

This is going to be a pic heavy post. I would like to show my first book I’ve stitched together my self. Weeee! Loved making this, every picture is chosen because I like it and off course the book is in mainly green and blue. The book is rather small, something like 12,5 cm (or 5 inch).

It’s made in Coptic stitch and I watched all video tutorials of Laura Lein-Svencner before I started… and during. It’s great with You Tube! You can stop and pause at any time, I’ve used it much when teaching myself to crochet.

The covers are made out of old cardboard I had laying around, always saving good boxes to use… someday. I’m such a hoarder…
First there are two pics from my wip, and then there are pics of every page I’ve finished. I’ve used many different scraps of paper, some I know is from Basic Grey, but much are just stuff I’ve had for ages. The picture of the badger I’ve had since I were like 7 or something. Isn’t he pretty?
Ok, so here we go. Hope you like it. :)

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I still have a couple of pages left to fill, but I do love my little book. I haven’t made any journaling, but this feels like a sketchbook where I’ve tried to use different techniques and material. The page with the star in green and blue, I’ve used alcohol ink, never used it before. So, a great way to try new stuff.

Thanks for watching.
Love,
Jos

Do or do not

We love Star Wars in this family, but we like the old films the best. My husband and I use the saying Yoda has: ”Do, or do not. There is no try.” … or something like that…
I think it works on many things. Like don’t feel bad about the dishes waiting, decide to do them, or not to. They wont go away and when you’ve decided that you wont do them, you can find peace to create something instead. Art before chores might be my new saying. 😉

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The little house I see on my daily walks in a green space close to our home. It’s like a mini forest just around the corner.

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Remember, do or do not. Guilt is a negative feeling and leads to nothing creative. 😉

Love
Jos