Category Archives: Bookbinding

Hello, we’re back on the blog!

Studio 1Does this look like a boat to you? It could be a huge houseboat but it’s not! You’re right … it’s certainly not a structure on the water. What it is, in fact, is … if I was an LBC presenter I’d be saying that I’ll tell you after the news. Well, this is the news and the news is that we have our very own, gigantic (to us, anyway) studio! Yes, folks, Miles and Pippa go out to work every day. Now, instead of having to clear up the mess in the evening so we can cook and eat and have somewhere to sleep we just close and lock that door and go home to our boat where we cook and eat and have our warm and cosy bunk to sleep in. And the next day the mess is exactly where we left it so it’s easy to pick up the paintbrush and continue on with the work.

Shop 1The good news doesn’t stop there either because attached to the studio is a small office. We’ve turned this into a shop and are selling our work directly.  The photo of our shop shows a view through the door of the upstairs room of a lovely little coffee shop and that’s how you would find us when you come looking. We’re in the 17th century village of Alverstoke in Hampshire, UK, a charming hamlet with touches of ruination by one council or another. Our  neighbour, Darcey, allows us to open our shop door into her tea room which is very fortuitous as she has the most scrumptious eats in the south of England, in our opinion, anyway!

Come and visit; you’ll find Studio Blues Sea upstairs at Darcey’s, 47 Village Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2LD, UK. And as Darcey needs to be open when you come round her hours are 09h00 to 17h00 Tuesday to Saturday.

 

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New Year Notebooks

NotebooksThese marbled-cover, Coptic-bound notebooks were snapped up by buyers at a Christmas market last month. Let’s hope they help their new owners to keep their New Year resolutions, never forget what to buy at the shops, remember dreams, and give joy each time they are handled.

TWO MARBLED SKETCHBOOKS/JOURNALS

Just finished and ready for the shop, these books have marbled covers, endpapers and fly leaves, good quality 110gsm laid paper  pages and are bound in German long stitch. Check out the sea in the background of these pics .. nature marbling!

MARBLED SKETCHBOOK

Red is the most difficult colour to work with in marbling. It needs to be applied to the marbling bath first so that the other colours condense it and in that way it intensifies and should vibrate with energy. It’s the colour I have the most problems with … I end up with a fair number of pink-hued papers and use them for bookbinding projects anyway! Here’s another of my less-than-red books.

Marbled covers, end papers, fly leaves. Suedette spine and corners. Long stitch binding. 110gsm laid paper pages.