StudioPetaBooks

One-of-a-kind ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks

Kingston, Ontario | 42 Sales

StudioPetaBooks

One-of-a-kind ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks

Kingston, Ontario 42 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Announcement   Visit my pop-up shop at the Kingston Holiday Market, 168 Brock Street! My one-of-a-kind handcrafted books made with ecoprinted paper are designed to be used. Please write, draw, paint, sketch, collage, doodle, journal and more in them! I choose high quality acid-free paper for the inside pages and use waxed linen thread to bind them with Coptic stitch so they lie flat when the book is opened. I treat the ecoprinted front and back covers with a special plant-based starch for added durability.

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Last updated on 17 Nov, 2018

Visit my pop-up shop at the Kingston Holiday Market, 168 Brock Street! My one-of-a-kind handcrafted books made with ecoprinted paper are designed to be used. Please write, draw, paint, sketch, collage, doodle, journal and more in them! I choose high quality acid-free paper for the inside pages and use waxed linen thread to bind them with Coptic stitch so they lie flat when the book is opened. I treat the ecoprinted front and back covers with a special plant-based starch for added durability.

Peta Bailey

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How do I make my books?

I create the covers and end pages of my handmade books with watercolor paper I have ecoprinted with leaves and flowers. Ecoprinting is the process of using heat and steam to extract colour from certain species of leaves, flowers, berries, roots and bark onto paper and cloth. I arrange fresh plant materials between damp sheets of watercolor paper, 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) 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.

My books are made to be used. I treat the covers with a special starch to make them more durable and give them a pleasing leather-like feel. I use strong waxed linen thread for the Coptic stitch binding, which allows the pages to lie flat when the book is opened, and I always select 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.

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Last updated on 24 Sep, 2018
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