Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book of Hand Dyed Papers

dear readers..

I decided to make a simple book out of all those 

yummy papers 
I made 
in my last YouTube

(to see the video, scroll down to the last post)

In the video

I demonstrated how you can make dots using an applicator bottle
and I decided to use that as my cover for the book

as you see finished above..

Blue berry stain above, on different papers..

List of Dyes

Red Cabbage
Red and Yellow Onions
Blue Berries
Red Wine
Black Beans

I began to make my book by ironing the papers
that I submerged..

I measured the cover and decided on the length of the book cover..
I knew I wanted the pages to show and stick out..

I glued a small scrap to the cover and back
as ana embellishment..

and I determined the size of the spine..
for taping the spine should be larger than a regular stitched book..

I used my trusty clothes pins to hold it in place..

a simple taped book..
is so easy..

just fold pages and tape together at the fold
as below..

I used a decorative tape, you could use washi, or whatever you have on hand

then tape them lengthwise into the book 
making sure to tape it into 

then I used a sharp edge to cut the little tag of tape off..
and continued to make signatures this way,
until I ran out of long sheets..

and then I simply used the the same process for singles, taping them together and 
and then taping them into the book..

to cover the tape up at the front and the back
I simply glued
a scrap piece and folded it over 

below.. the front piece..

and voila!
my new book of hand dyed papers..

if you decide to make it, remember that you must make sure the tape connects
with the spine..
if you tape a signature to another signature,
your book will fall apart..

It won't take a lot of abuse..
so if you want
something to use as a journal you will have to 
stitch it..

I will still
embellish it, 
but for now..

I will just enjoy the beauty of each
a beautiful book of scraps..

I am taking a much needed blog/vlog  break
for the holiday 

wishing you all a gorgeous 
and happy spring..

Felice Primavera!!



Roberta Warshaw said...

What a great way to save all those lovely dyed papers! Enjoy your holiday! Not sure which one since there are two this week but whichever one it is, enjoy!

Hastypearl said...

Delish! I just had your Yummy book, for breakfast:) Love your list of "foodie" dyes. Love using tuneric the best, because I'm a golds kind of girl:) Blessed Easter to you! 🌻Laura

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Roberta, we are celebrating Easter here, but not longer dying eggs, just paper, have a great holiday! Thanks always for your kind comments and support!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Laura, so glad you found it tasty!! And I have not tried turmeric yet, so I think that will be in Natural Dyes part two!! Happy Easter back to you, dear heart!! x

Dorthe said...

Happy Easter dear Cat, such beautiful papers you have made, from dying them with all kind different and fantastic :-) I did a batch yesterday, from tea- a fruit tea, creating lovely pink papers, and fabrics- I dyed them all together , and am satisfied with mu result.
Thank you so much for your inspiration , it always gives an extra push when seeing something exiting , as your you tube !!
Ciao and enjoy your holiday . <3 xoxoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Ciao, Dear Dorthe, so happy you took inspiration, your pink tea sounds lovely and I am sure I will get to see the results. Enjoying some time off, it feels really good!! I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend too my dear. Enjoy each minute, I know I will!! big hugs and kisses!

froebelsternchen said...

You made a wonderful booklet out of this amazing papers!
Happy Easter!

Jo Murray said...

Oh my, such lusciousness! You've inspired me to make some eco-dyed books for Xmas gifts. Thanks Cat.

Kim Henkel Creations said...

Beautiful Cat! Love all the pages and seeing how you put it together. The colours are luscious! Thanks for sharing.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful! Enjoy your break!

susan hemann said...

love the book!

elenor said...

Thank you for sharing all this information about the dying process, the video and the photographs of your lovely papers and your booklet. I enjoyed it so much and I'm learning quite a lot.
You are very generous by sharing and teaching us. I so appreciate your kindness.
Happy Easter and kind greetings from the EU (A).

Yes - and I LOVE all your artworks!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susi, So glad you liked the little book, I love it so much, I think I will make another, but this time with stitches!! Happy Easter!! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Gosh, Jo, that makes me happy! Have fun!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Kim! yeah, I broke out of my monochrome to make this, but I really like it, every once in a while I play with color!! thanks for stopping by!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Tammy, I will enjoy it, thanks and thanks for coming by the blog! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susan, Thank you so very much!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Elenor, so very happy you enjoyed it all, and thanks so much for you kind remarks, I believe that it is important to share information and hope you have fun with it all! thanks again!

Anonymous said...

So simple in preparation to put together, but truly lovely Cat. xox

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