Size: 4.75 by 6.25 inches
Cover colors: greens, purples
Page Color: assorted neutrals
Thread color: natural linen
Number of pages: 50 pages (100 sides) measuring approximately 5.75 by 4.25 inches
This listing is for a handmade journal sewn in the coptic style with natural colored waxed linen thread, which is durable and strong. The pages are my high quality handmade paper, which is made in house in Columbus, Ohio from recycled materials. The coptic binding of this journal allows the book to lay completely flat when open, creating its own flat surface for use away from a desk.
The cover was made by collaging scraps of handmade recycled green and purple paper leftover from other projects and batches of paper. I strive to waste as little as possible, so every bit of handmade paper is used or recycled into a new batch.
White Dragon Paper is one of very few bookbinders that make the paper sewn into each handmade book. Most bookbinders purchase commercially made papers that they then sew into their handmade book covers. I, however, start with raw materials such as used copy paper and cardboard boxes collected from friends, family, and local businesses. I process that fiber, form each sheet of new paper, then create the book covers and sew the handmade paper pages to create a unique, completely handmade work of art that can be written on, drawn in, and works well with glue and collage work.
All of the pages and end pages are my own handmade recycled paper. I carefully select the papers I intend to recycle to make my handmade paper, as some materials commonly recycled to make homemade paper have themselves been recycled so many times that they have essentially no fiber content and are overloaded with inks and dyes. The materials I use are selected to create a versatile paper that is soft to the touch, easily worked with, and eco friendly. Each sheet of paper used in these pages is inspected individually at several stages to insure there are no holes, weak spots, wrinkles, or other flaws.
Making paper is a meditative process for me. There's something very relaxing to the simple, repetitive process. The end result of having a crisp, clean sheet of paper brings to mind endless possibilities. Anything that may have been upsetting or stressful before just melts away after I open up a whole world of opportunities with that one simple sheet of paper.
The white, white thread, and off white floral papers are made from 100% office, notebook, and printer papers. These varieties test as acid free when using a Lineco pH Testing pen.
The brown, brown floral, and 1/8 brown 7/8 white varieties are recycled from cardboard, chipboard, and brown papers, and are not acid free
The flower petals and thread present in the brown floral, off white floral, and white with thread paper will vary from those pictured, as each batch is unique. If you have specific color needs, please convo me before purchase
This paper is good to use with:
Your order will be packaged in biodegradable and upcycled materials, including cardboard, newsprints, and biodegradable PLA film bags made from plant fibers.
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