There is always a huge lag time between the time I decide to do a project, and the time when I start on it. And then of course, there is more lag time before I arrive at the finish. So, in order to speed things up a bit, I am ‘going public’ with my plans to make a Japanese Stitch Binding photo book. For the project I selected about a dozen images from my pinhole camera, paper negative portfolio Every House On The North Side of Second Street. I printed them on 32 lb, 8.5 x 11 inch Red River Premium Matte, 2 sided paper. I really like to print on Arches Cover for this kind of project, but when my Epson 2400 died, with it went the custom icc profile for Arches paper, and I have not been able to get the same quality of prints on Arches using my Epson 3000. So, I decided to use the Red River paper. Usually I do not like to use light weight paper, but I think for book projects their 32 lb. Premium Matte paper is pretty good, although I would prefer a warmer paper. – I had my mind set on using interleaven
paper and thought I had some 8×10 inch sheets of it. However, I found that I only had 8.5 x 11 inch Renaissance Paper from Light Impressions. Since I did not want to order more ‘stuff’ to make the book, I went ahead with the larger paper, but do think that I would like the smaller, 8×10 inch sheets better. For one thing it would be easier to position them so that they do not protrude from any edges of the book. Using
little dabs of PVA glue, I fastened a sheet to the left side of each print and put all the pages into my little handmade book press. My next step is to finish all the pages of the book, make the cover, probably from Arches Cover paper, and then drill the holes for stitching, and sew the whole thing together. I will let you know how it turns out.