Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Making of the Book

Since I had a plan in mind for the construction of the book all I needed to know was how big to make it.  There are a total of 29 artists who generously donated their wonderful art and are 37+ pages that will make up this book.  That will include the cover page, content page, acknowledgment and dedication pages and a personal page from me.  A few artists sent me 2-3 pages which was a blessing and special gift.

So after receiving all the art I figured the spine had to be the height of the pages with a little extra and the width of all the pages after being made into signatures which ended up being 4.5" wide.  I purchased heavy book board from the art store and as shown in the photo above the total of the book will end up being 9"x4.5"x8.5" totaling 22" all around.

I added black book cloth on both sides to give it strength with a 3/8" gap in between the board pieces so it would fold and close comfortably.


Next I started to prepare the signatures using vellum paper for the transparency factor.  Each cover page was personalized in calligraphy with the artists name leaving about 2.5" of the actual art page showing.


Once the signatures were sewn I cut down the 2" that I requested so it wouldn't interfere with the viewing of the art page through the vellum as well as the back...then with thin double sided archival tape I adhered the edges down.
As each signature was finished I added to the unfinished book. It was so exciting to see each page get added.

This book is going to be so awesome when completed if I do say so myself...

To figure out a covering for the book was probably the most challenging part.  Because there is so much incredible art inside I decided to do something very plain and simple outside.  While brainstorming with my friend and also contributing artist, Lisa Holtzman, I chose plain kraft paper with a simple design of a paw print and heart to gently decorate it.  I hope it meets with everyone's approval...

 The next step is to work on the title, content, etc. pages which I will attempt to do in calligraphy with the exception of the list of artists and their links to make it authentically an original handmade book.  Once all the pages are completed I will hand sew the signatures onto the spine and add the covering.  I have a sheet of wrapping paper from England that has dogs printed on it that I may or may not use as the interior paper.  It may be too much... but we'll see.  The last touch will be the closure which, if I can find a dog collar bigger than 22", I will attach that around the book and add a tag that reads "If found return me to A Place to Bark".

I'm hoping to finish the book in the next few weeks and will post my progress along the way.

This experience so far has been so fulfilling for me. I've wanted to do a project like this for several years now. Being a big old softy for our kindred spirits, I've always done something to support their plight whether it be sponsoring cats and dogs, donating money to every organization that sends me address labels to adopting from the shelter.  It has always been the animals and children that send my heart a flutter and can bring tears to my eyes and I suspect I will continue to do so until I can no longer.

My gratitude and appreciation for the artists that have help bring this long awaited project to be realized cannot be expressed with words and will forever remain present in my heart.  

Stay tuned...there's more to come.....

18 comments:

Heather said...

Renee,
Oh my gosh - this is incredible, what a beautiful job you are doing!
I can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks for sharing the progress...wish we all could have a copy of this, somehow!
Heather

jone hallmark said...

I think that you are magical!
What a beautiful book it will be.....

thanks so much!

xo
Jone

Lisa Holtzman said...

It's SO exciting to see the book coming together. You're doing a fantastic job Renee. Thank YOU so much for creating this project, orchestrating it and bringing it to the finish line.

Love, Lisa

http://www.explorethecolors.blogspot.com said...

Magnificent! A labor of LOVE...
I am so looking forward to seeing the finished book....
Sign me up for several copies!
LOVE to YOU...
Patricia J. Mosca

pve design said...

wow! I love your writing - What kind of ink do you use on vellum, and I love the edge....what kind of scissors?
pve

Jane Farr said...

You are really pulling all the artist's work together with that special "Renee" flair! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful collaboration, and I would happily pay to have a copy of the book. xo Jane

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Bravo! You are doing a wonderful job. The book is going to be truely amazing and yes I would want a copy too.

Mónica Zúñiga said...

This is reeally exiting! I loved taking a look at the progress and seeing how great you are at this! I loved the cover with those cute paws, it`s perfect! Can`t wait to see the finished piece!
Great work Renne! >ºº<
Cheers...Moni.

Pam Carriker said...

This looks fabulous Renee! Put me down for copy. Love the calligraphy:-)

NANCY LEFKO said...

Yes, incredible is the word. What a marvelous undertaking and thank you for asking me to be a small part of it.

Diana said...

Oh My Renee...this book is truly a piece of art. So much love and attention to detail going into every page and facet of its creation. I so look forward to seeing the completed project.
Hugs
Diana

lori vliegen said...

oh, renee.....what a treasure, in the truest sense of the word!!! i love the vellum pages, and you are SO sweet to be writing our names in calligraphy!! it looks gorgeous!!! thank you SO much for all of your work in putting this together.....it truly is a labor of LOVE for our little furry friends!!!! xox, :))

robin dudley-howes said...

Looks yummy Rene! It looks like one of those books you would want to open each day on a different page to be inspired. What a labor of love.
robin

Sharon - Designs & more said...

Wow Renee, this is absolutely awesome. You are so, so talented (and so beautiful inside as well)
Sharon O

Jackie said...

Is this going to be auctioned off?

Anonymous said...

Renee,
This book is amazing! It will be an absolute treasure for whomever wins the auction for it...and what a worth cause too! Wow! Just your work alone in putting it together is astonishing. It will be a stunning work of art!
Cheers!
Teresa S. in Cloth and Clay
and in Central California

Kathy McCreedy said...

Renee,
What an amazing undertaking! Your skill is readily apparent to anyone who looks at that gorgeous book! Your calligraphy is to die for! Will the book be auctioned? I would gladly take part if so. Brava, Renee!

Megan Hoover said...

Renee! OMG woman! This is fantastic! You are a pro! What a painstaking thing....a true labor of love. Thank you for doing this and taking such great care with each artist's work and info. It is a treasure someone will love to have! Big hug!