ID: Spice of Life

Journal  (closed): approx 5.75"w x 9"h x 1.5" thk.

This is another one of the instructions from the Mary Kaye Seckler book called "Book Arts - Beautiful Bindings for Handmade Books". It was called "Long Tall Sally". I changed the size and a lot of the detailing.

I used book board for the covers, and covered them with a heavily textured, white with some glitter paper. On the inside of the covers I used the same paper.


View of pages and envelopes

This book has 7 signatures. There are 4 signatures that have 5 colored pages (combinations of Canson, Canson Ingres & Canson Mi-Tientes) plus the envelope. A green signature, pink, yellow & blue. And 3 signatures that have various artist paper (Stonehenge "Cream", Mayfair, Arches Text Wove, Hosho Rice Paper, Grumbacher's Pentalic Paper for Pens & Grumbacher's Pentalic - Parchment paper for Calligraphy.                 


I used a a 4 ply waxed linen thread (Olive) to sew the signatures in a running stitch. The beads are a variety of wood, metal and glass medium sized (#8) seed beads. And some alphabet beads that spell out the word "Spice of Life".

I created a weaving for the cover from some belt stiff (the green). It's a fabulous material to work with, doesn't tear, has nice flexibility, can be colored with colored pencils or other mediums. I cut wavy lines and wove strips of the cut off portions from my signatures, as well as some fiber, mizuhiki cord, gold & green ribbon & hand painted cut offs. I glued on some colored faux rhinestones in various shapes. Added the title using colored pencils and shadow outlining it with a black micron pen. Added a metallic green clasp closure.


SpiceOfLife_Closed   SpiceOfLife_Spine

(left) Cover & Spine   (right) Spine bead detail 

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