StudioPetaBooks

Handcrafted Journals and Sketchbooks to Inspire You

Kingston, Ontario | 135 Sales

StudioPetaBooks

Handcrafted Journals and Sketchbooks to Inspire You

Kingston, Ontario 135 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Announcement   Journals and sketchbooks make the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations and birthdays! If you are in the Kingston area, contact me to remove shipping costs. Visit my website at https://www.studiopetabooks.com.

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Last updated on 14 Apr, 2019

Journals and sketchbooks make the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations and birthdays! If you are in the Kingston area, contact me to remove shipping costs. Visit my website at https://www.studiopetabooks.com.

Peta Bailey

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Peta Bailey

About

How do I make my books?

I print watercolour paper with leaves and flowers to create the covers and end pages of my one-of-a-kind handcrafted books. The process of capturing the natural dyes and pigments in plants on paper using heat and pressure is called ecoprinting or contact printing. First I arrange fresh plant materials between damp sheets of watercolor paper. Then I press these pages with a heavy weight and steam them for approximately an hour and half. Afterwards, I rinse, dry and iron the paper. The colors and impressions left behind depend on the variety and combination of plant materials, the season, and the type of paper or cloth and mordant (fixative) I used.

I love the seasonal cycle of creating my books. I print and dye during the spring, summer and fall. The cold, grey days of winter lend themselves to the meditative process of paper folding and binding. Each book has its own sense of place for me: I remember where I gathered the flowers and leaves that left their unique impressions.

I make my books for you to use. I brush the covers with a special starch to make them more durable and give them a pleasing leather-like feel. I choose strong waxed linen thread for the Coptic stitch binding, which allows the pages to lie flat when the book is opened, and I always use high-quality acid-free paper for the inside pages.

Choose a book that inspires your creativity and write, draw, paint, sketch, collage, doodle, journal and more in it!

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  • Peta G. Bailey

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    My ecoprinted handmade books celebrate my love of plants and the beautiful places they grow. I create my book covers from paper I print with flowers and leaves. The unique combination of natural dyes and pigments make each journal one of a kind.

Local

Find StudioPetaBooks at the following upcoming markets!

  • Limestone Art Show
    Westbrook Soccer Dome

    Apr 26–28

    100 Canadian artists under the Dome! Free admission.

  • Art Among the Ruins
    Newburgh

    15 Jun.

    This exquisite large outdoor art show and sale is set among picturesque ruins of a 19th century mill beside rapids of Napanee River. Features local artists showcasing juried-quality paintings, sculpture, mosaic tile, fibre, wood, paper, photography & more! Free admission.

  • Artfest Kingston
    City Park
    King St
    KINGSTON, ON

    29 Jun.–01 Jul.

    Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday, Monday Canada Day. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! Free admission.

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Last updated on 24 Sep, 2018
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If you would like to order a customized book, please contact me.