StudioPetaBooks

One-of-a-kind ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks

Kingston, Ontario | 135 Sales

StudioPetaBooks

One-of-a-kind ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks

Kingston, Ontario 135 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Announcement   My handcrafted ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks celebrate my love of plants and the beautiful places they grow – gardens, farms, fields, parks and forests. I create the covers of my books from paper I print with flowers and leaves. The unique combination of natural dyes and pigments makes each journal one of a kind. My leaf print books made great graduation and birthday presents, guestbooks, and garden journals. Visit my website: http://studiopetabooks.com

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Last updated on 13 Mar, 2019

My handcrafted ecoprinted journals and sketchbooks celebrate my love of plants and the beautiful places they grow – gardens, farms, fields, parks and forests. I create the covers of my books from paper I print with flowers and leaves. The unique combination of natural dyes and pigments makes each journal one of a kind. My leaf print books made great graduation and birthday presents, guestbooks, and garden journals. Visit my website: http://studiopetabooks.com

Peta Bailey

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Peta Bailey

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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.

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Last updated on 24 Sep, 2018
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