Just in time for July, I have completed the handmade book which will be auctioned off to help support our studio tour. It will be up for auction through the month of July at our Tour web site’s Auction page. We have an older post showing some of the intermediate stages of making this book.
The blank notebook has 192 pages of handmade paper (8 sections of 6 sheets each) in a limp leather binding with wrap-around back cover, all in cream tones with just a hint of green, with a custom-made magnetic clasp to hold the cover closed. The book measures about 5½ by 8 inches, and because of the fineness of the pages, is only about ¾ of an inch thick. The structure of the spine allows the book to open flat to any page. The pages have been trimmed at the head and tail but the fore edge of each page retains the deckle edge left by the hand papermaking process.
The paper was made by Audrey using a mix of cotton linters pulp, kaolin clay as a filler, and a small amount of synthetic and earth pigments. An internal sizing was also used to prevent feathering when writing with a fountain pen and to protect the paper from small amounts of water dropped on the sheet.