I love leather and enjoyed making this soft leather cover for my eighth book of the year. As I work through this project making a book each week I realise that I am making some complete artist's books, and some books which will have drawings in them but will be added into as the year, or years, pass by. This is one of those books. I have called it 'australian' because it will be comprised of a series of drawing from the Australian bush through which I wander many a time though rarely sit down long enough to draw. Hopefully this book will inspired me to sit and draw, or at least to 'collect' on walks and draw at home.
I have done a number of drawings already but have many blank pages. The soft wrap around leather cover will adapt to whatever thickness of book I settle upon. It is made from kangaroo skin and I have used the rough edges of the piece of leather to give interest to the cover.
This little book reminds me of how much I am a printmaker at heart. I am enthralled with the lines and marks one makes serendipitously on the plate. Of course the maker guides the marks but much of what happens seems to just happen. Of all the techniques I use with etching, my favourite would have to be using sugar lift and aquatint. With it, the finest and the most bold lines can be achieved.
I have made this book from left over etchings (part of my 'hunting and gathering' book) but remade like this, it called to mind beach markings and though it is not yet housing drawings made while beach walking, it soon will. Again it is lovely to have a book ready to go for that sojourn by the shore.
I have made a wrap around end on this coptically bound book and have two sleeves which slip on and hold the book firm. The book is called 'flotsam' as I will be drawing things found lying along the shore - beach debris, and beach marks no doubt!