More Book Binding And Creatures That Hatch

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I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe in the midst of all that is going on in the world right now. I have to admit that I’ve been distracted as of late. Unfortunately a few people in my husband’s immediate family have been hospitalized with the virus and are currently being treated and doing what they can to get well. Luckily their situation isn’t as bad as it could be but it’s apparent it may be a week or so before they are back to good health. As for myself, I’m doing well and staying in my home. As someone who doesn’t have children and works from home, I already live a lifestyle that doesn’t involve a great deal of social interacting so I can’t say that current events has caused a drastic change in my everyday life but I feel for those for whom it has. I pray for those who have been lost and that for those of us who are still here, that we all are able to make it through these trying times safely.
In the meantime, I’ve managed to work a little more on my bookbinding skills. I had this old 11×14 Robert Bateman Cover Series sketchbook full of blank paper, that’s been just sitting around since…wait for it, 1995. Yeah, 1995. That’s a long time to have a empty sketchbook. I have a tendency to hold on to stuff beyond forever. I still have and use my high school art box, which is really just a cute toolbox for art supplies. Anyhoo, I decided to take my Bateman sketchbook and turn it into a 5×7 sketchbook with my own cover art. Cutting the paper was a pain. No matter whether I was using my cutting board or a ruler and an exacto knife, my paper kept coming out at slightly different sizes. I ended up spending a great deal of time trimming up edges. And then there was the gluing for making a perfect bind. First off I don’t have a book press so I made a makeshift one from two old linocut carvings and a C-clamp I stole from my hubby’s pile of tools. This did a fairly decent job but I realized that I really need to get a book press or at least make one if I plan on making more books using this method. This was my second go at using the perfect bind method and this time was a little trickier since I was using thicker paper at a larger size. After five coats of glue a few of the sheets of paper didn’t bind together too well but that was remedied once I put the cover on. But then I learned 110lb card stock seems to work best for smaller sized books that require less glue. The spine of my 5×7 sketchbook has some minor warping where the glue was placed. Maybe I put too much glue on or next time I should use a heavier material for the cover. In all it turned out pretty decent for my second try at perfect binding. I now have a much more manageable sketchbook that I’m eager to fill with drawings. What started off with me wanting to just put a few quick drawings in my new handmade sketchbook has now turned into a cute little project of me doing a mini series of Nature’s little creatures that hatch from eggs. I really don’t know how this project came to mind, it pretty much just manifested on its own, like most of my projects do. But if you look at that adorable thing in the drawing above, you’ll see my first creature and there will be more to come.

Royal Tusk

Royal Tusk by Q. Rumbley

This little baby is now complete. I think it might be a while before I do another elephant drawing. I’ve done five total with this one being my third ACEO. Oh, just in case you’ve ever wondered what ACEO stands for, it means, “Art Card Editions and Originals”, which are baseball card size drawings that are created for trading or selling. It just dawned on me that I keep mentioning ACEO and people might not know what it means. Sorry for that oversight. I hope things are cleared up now.
Anyhoo, I’m off to do some more landscape pieces that I hopefully can turn into covers for another blank journal set. I’ve been itching to make some and have been coming up with themes to work on, so if all goes well I’ll be making two original ACEOs and one set of journals. I’ve got the month of March planned out for me. So if you’re into small original art and handmade illustrated journals, stay tuned. 

That Time Of Life

“Together”

I didn’t fall off the earth. I know it’s been about two weeks since my last post but I’m still here and still drawing. Unfortunately some family health issues had come up and that has had most of my attention for the time being. My hubby and I both have parents who are getting up in age so things are bound to happen with their health. Fortunately though, they are both doing better now and for the moment, we have been able to get back into the routine of thing. But the ordeal has left me feeling a bit emotionally exhausted, so I don’t really have much to talk about. I did however manage to complete the “Riverbed” drawing and a little something for Valentine’s Day called “Together”, as you can see once again penguins have graced my drawing board for something adorable. So far they’re my go to animal for when I want to convey something warm, cute and loving.

“Riverbed”

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Koi Pocket Journal

I’ve cut, punched and stapled up a new pocket journal this week. This one is “Koi”. The cover illustration is from a piece I drew some time ago but never did anything with it. I really like how the ink work prints out on this cream cardstock, it really stands out. So far my pointillism drawings work well as cover art for these little journals which gives me a positive incentive to make more and it helps that I really enjoy making them. Plus, I use them myself to jot down random thoughts and notes. As an avid journal writer, knowing how to craft my own journals mean I don’t have to go out and buy them anymore…so long as I’ve got some paper and staples on hand. It’s always nice to know how to do things yourself.
Along with the Koi, I have a few more “Buddha-Tao’ sets now available in store for those of you looking for something a little unique to scribble and doodle in. 😀

My Patient Drawing Board

“Riverbed” (wip)

Finally the snow has come and it looks like winter outside my door. Up until this weekend the landscape has stayed in an Autumn state, which was unusual for this time of year. And for someone who actually looks forward to bundling up in sweaters, scarves and sipping on hot chocolate, I was starting to feel a bit depressed that there was no blanket of snow to greet me when I stepped outside my door. But Nature, if not always on time, she’s always faithful. We got a good 8 inches of snow over weekend along with freezing rain and gusts of wind, which was perfect for settling in for a few days and getting some work done.
Having been a bit distracted with other things and my Riverbed drawing has unfortunately been the victim of back burneritis (I just made that up). I had been feeling guilty about that. Thankfully my drawing board is forgiving and waited patiently for my return. I was able to get a little inking done over the weekend. It’s not much but it’s progress. I’m aiming to have this done by the weekend in between making pocket journals. To my surprise my “Buddha Tao” set has been well received and I’m having to replenish my stock more frequently than anticipated. I only make two sets at a time, so I have to spend a day getting those done. But that’s a welcomed problem I don’t mind having. I really enjoy making journals. 😀