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It may come as no surprise to many of you but I am starting another circle journal with my regular group of ladies. This time the theme is "A Little Bit of Asia". I mean, who doesn't love asian designs and calligraphy. As usual we all make our own covers/book and then decorate the first page. It then gets mailed on to the next person who does a double page spread and then in turn mails it on.
I decided to try something that I have always been fascinated with and since it looks very asian I thought this was the perfect time to learn how to do it. It's called a piano hinge binding and is actually very simple to do even though it looks pretty complicated. I originally wanted to use a bunch of fancy chopsticks that I have been collecting but the tapered shape of them didn't let the binding sit right so I went back to the regular bamboo skewers that are usually used for this binding.
Rather then leave the white of the watercolor paper showing on the spine I covered the hinge part with torn strips of asian book pages. Here you can see how they show in the inside of the pages. Each artist may choose to let them show on their pages or decide to cover them up.
This last picture is of the inside cover which actually attaches the covers to the pages of the book. Most of the tutorials I found that showed this technique did not even attach covers but I figured my book would stand up to being worked in a little better if it had one. As you can see I still haven't decorated the first page yet but I still have time since the project starts in October.