Book binding

What you need:

  • Drawing Paper – This is for the interior pages of your book. Use whatever type of paper you like to draw/paint on.
  • Patterned/Colored Paper – For covering your book. I like to use scrapbook paper — it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, is pretty cheap, and is readily available in places like Michaels or Wal-Mart. You will need to pick different papers for 1) the cover 2) the spine, and 3) the endpaper.
  • Heavy Board – Chip board from the back of sketch pads or scrap mat board works beautifully.
  • Glue – I use regular white glue. You need something that is durable and will paint on smoothly.
  • Needle and Thread
  • Xacto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Board
  • Awl, or another sharp object like a thumbtack.
  • Here is a good tutorial for bookbinding:

    Tips and Tricks

    • If you are using an especially thick paper for you interior pages, like watercolor paper, decrease the amount of sheets you put in each signature. You should be able to fold them in half fairly easily.
    • For a more durable cover, you can find scrapbook paper that has a velvety or plastic texture. Or you can experiment with other materials, such as cloth.
    • When you are sewing your pages, keep your string taut, but be gentle to avoid tearing your holes.

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