StudioPetaBooks

Handcrafted Journals and Sketchbooks to Inspire You

Kingston, Ontario 400 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (11)

StudioPetaBooks

Handcrafted Journals and Sketchbooks to Inspire You

Kingston, Ontario | 400 Sales

Peta Bailey

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Peta Bailey

Announcement    Handmade journals and sketchbooks make perfect gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, retirement and more!

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Last updated on 12 Jan, 2020

Handmade journals and sketchbooks make perfect gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, retirement and more!

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About StudioPetaBooks

Sales 400
On Etsy since 2018

How do I make my books?

I print watercolour paper with leaves and flowers to create the colourful 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. 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 and mordant (or 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.

My handcrafted books are made to be used. 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 hand sewn 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!

Shop members

  • PetaBailey

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    My ecoprinted handmade books celebrate 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.

Production partners

  • Commercial print shop

    Toronto, ON

    Vista Print prints and binds the calendars that I design with my photographs.

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Last updated on 27 Apr, 2019
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Custom and personalized orders

If you would like to order a customized book, please contact me.

How are the pages in your books counted?

To make the pages for my books, I fold one long sheet of paper in half so that it turns into 4 pages. So a book with 176 pages of writing or drawing paper contains 44 sheets of paper folded in half. And a sketchbook with 88 pages of watercolour paper contains 22 sheets of paper folded in half.