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Papercloth Squid Book

September 28th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Today I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite handbooks.  It has the most organic, touch-me vibe!

This book was featured in the 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors PAGES, shown above.  (If you haven’t seen this magazine, you should definitely check it out!  I also have a fun tutorial article published in the same issue on how to make an accordion book with envelope pages.)

I love everything about this book!  The interior pages have Turkish map-folds so that they explode open.  Each page spread was decorated with organic forms made of custom printed tissue paper.  (See the upcoming November/December 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors for my tutorial on printing your own custom tissue paper from your artwork.  It’s super easy!)

The book has wrap-around covers in four directions – you can see how it opens up below:

And below is the cover with the beaded closure.  Check out that amazing texture!

The cover incorporates custom printed tissue paper as well.  Here, I’ve used tissue paper to create a large sheet of papercloth (also called fabricpaper) from which the cover was cut:

Watch this blog for a tutorial on creating your own papercloth in early November!

Papercloth teaser…

April 30th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’ve been busy! I’m working on a ton of projects at once right now, both artistic, work-related and family. I have a lot of ideas in the works for upcoming posts as soon as I get a breather. In the meantime, here are a few teaser photos of one of my current projects: Papercloth!

Papercloth close-up

Papercloth close-up: This sheet was used in a book project submitted to "Cloth Paper Scissors PAGES" magazine. I *LOVE* this texture!

Papercloth - a view of both sides

Papercloth: a close-up of both sides

Another piece of papercloth, still wet

Another piece of papercloth in-progress, still wet with glue

Some of the tissue papers I printed for my papercloth project

Some of the tissue papers I printed for my papercloth project

I’m also working on a few video tutorials, a square flexagon book, some more “wee planets”, a few magazine submissions and challenges, and a book made from scans of my brain.  Yup, just can’t pass up that source material!  Stay tuned for more!