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H4dI: I'm happy that this tutorial has brought some nostalgic feelings back for people
asayi: on the cover? It depends what the cover is made out of, if it is slightly see through, I'm thinking it's a plastic cover? If it is, you'll want to use spray paint, if it's cardboard/paper, you can use acrylic
thanks for your help Hala. This tutorial has suddenly become very useful, I am to make a storybook for art this term and i'm going to use the tutorial to make the book, but just for like making the cover and pages. THANK YOU!
I'm glad it can be of some use! if you need help with any of my instruction just send me a PM (I know I'm terrible with explaining things ><)
I love this binding technique. It's so nice and relaxing once you get used to the process! Very clear tutorial by the way. When I wanted to learn bookbinding, all the equipment seemed so expensive, and everything in the tutorials was really complicated. And it was impossible to find the tutorials in the first place!
I do know an even cheaper way, if you're really on a shoestring budget, and I used these materials for Christmas-presents for my art college friends. Never finished them, but the foundations are all laid out. Now I can use them myself instead, I guess, haha.
I just bought a small, thick jotter pad with plain paper. It had a ridiculous amount of sheets, and a cardboard back. One of those cost about 75p, I think. Or maybe 99p. Anyway, I bought several of those, and some thick, sturdy decorative card (for the covers.)
The cardboard backing was used in place of the reinforcement strips in between the cover and the signatures. Hmm...I can see now how complicated it is to explain. I also used nylon thread from a haberdashers, and that was just over £1, I think.
But yeah, it was pretty straightforward, and very cheap. The paper is very nice for sketches, too. =]
Awesome tutorial. I'm itching to try it right now, but the art store is closed. LOL!
Just wanted to say thanks! Tut was easy to follow, but not so easy that you felt like someone was holding your hand the whole way Many Thanks again Hala!
I went to a freelance fabric store near me and picked up some faux leather (half meter) for like 3 quid. And managed to find an old backing from a heavy duty water-colour pad. Reuse not recycle! Quite happy with the way it turned out
Cant wait to make another.
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Awesome!!! I'm so happy someone went through the tutorial!
Thanks for sharing the pic, it looks so pro!
thats amazing, a demo would be most appreciated to what you've already done here. i can already imagine showing someone my new sketches and mentioning i made the sketchbook by hand...how cool is that.
Made my first one ever and it was an epic failure...made my spine too big and forgot to spread the glue so it went all wrinkly, luckily I made it as a test run so overall it's a win.
But great tutorial anyway!
Sketchzombie---I've been thinking of making a nicer video demo, how's that sound?
just need to eat another thing of cereal first xD and yes it is really rewarding to have made your own sketchbook.
ijacobs--don'tfeel bad, my first one came out really messed up too xD
i hope you willt ry again and post some photos!
I will try and update this thread soon with a better guide and a video demo---any suggestions would be kick ass, thanks!!
I'm really excited to try something like this, but the sewing part confuses me to no end xD
I'm a little slower than most, ahaha...
Nice. I'm using this on the spare Bristol I've got stockpiled from class.
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Rule #1 of depicting soldiers: KEEP THE DAMN FINGER OFF THE DAMN TRIGGER.
I'm actually trying this out right now I'm finished with the signature part, now I only have to work on the cover. The thing is I'm not sure what kind of glue I should use. Right now I have at my disposal Bic White General Purpose Fluid Glue. Is that good for this endeavor?
sep: oh wow thanks so much! i hope it is helpful to everyone : )
lakatosi: I used elmers in the tutorial--it's not the best, it's messy, and can sometimes seap thru the fabric, but if you don't mind that and spread it very evenly (and you only need a little) you'll be fine. AC Moore and select art stores sometimes sell book binding glue---it's much better to use if you can afford it : )
Any fabric works but here's a few things that work best--
Anything thick, that has somewhat of a backing to its underside. For instance, fake suede, denim (sometimes), leather/fake leather, and anything that has the kind of impenetrable texture to it like leather.
Usually the thinner the fabric, the more the glue has a tendency to seep through and create rough, slightly colored patches on the fabric. You can avoid this by using a minimal amount of glue, and being sure to spread it evenly (something I always forget to do hahah).
You can use paper too, like Canson pastel papers make GREAT covers, but because of the stiffness of the paper sometimes you will need an extra person to help pull things taught when you glue it down, if you have a bigger book. (say...10 x13 inches or so)
If you want to eliminate the glue factor, you can uses drawer liners, contact paper, instant stick wallpaper..etc that has a sticky side to it too and some flexibility.
If anyone has used anything else feel free to add it to the list!!
Styrofoam rollers make great glue spreaders!!! get a paper plate and pour a ton of glue on it and dip the roller in and use that to cover ur cardboard in glue, it will go on evenly and light enough to not seep through thinner materials. : )
I hope that helped!