Since 12-2012, I have been making and filling journals.
I learned an easy technique online and found some marvelous paper in huge sheets at a shop serving the print industry. In six years I have over 100 volumes in my series. I carry a book with me everywhere (with a fountain pen attached to the cover so that I'm never at a lack of something to write with.)
I doodle pictures, sometimes of the people or stories I come upon, other times, I just fill the moment with some character that falls out my pen. I write a lot, many of my "sketches" are verbal.
My pen has no spell-check, my penmanship varies, my ink is waterproof so I can add water-soluable pencil without ruining the pages.
A late-night person, I will often stay up late into the night adding color to recent pages.
A life-long learner, I am interested in nearly everything. It pleases me to have a book handy to collect the moments of life. "I submit it to my brain in writing" . . . when meeting new people, I'm likely to scribble down their names in my book. When they say something that I want to hold onto, I transcribe it on the spot.
For this book, I began with the pre-cut pages (the size I always use in my books) and pre-folded them into 3-page signatures. I "give myself permission" to vary my techniques. So, instead of making my usual 7-signature book, I wanted to have the flexibility to make a larger or smaller volume. The Sketchbook Project requires submissions to be 5 inches by 7 inches. Perfect! My books usually measure 5.25 inches by 7 inches, I just made the covers the same width as the pages and it fits the standard. The cover cloth is from a piece of clothing a loved one left behind. I'd like to wear a whole wardrobe of this sort of cloth.
I chose the name Seattle Book Lady because . . . I live in Seattle. I carry a book all the time. Simple as that. (Tho I'm actually an Oregonian living in Washington state.. in the northwest corner of the US.)
This is the year that I decided to take something of an inventory of my books. Find those ideas that I wanted to reexamine. This is the year that I am exploring new techniques of sharing my sense of wonder through my books.
I am grateful for the Push that the Sketchbook Project has provided for me.
I have a goal of teaching 300 people to make their own books and am nearly a third of the way there. Mostly, I just want to encourage people to hear the wonders that fall out their own lips, that pop into their heads, that they hear in passing from one another, from videos or from out of thin air.
I love meeting old souls, appreciate people of all ages and varieties, and treasure the opportunity to hear about others' lives.
I have been keeping books of one sort or another since 1970, but this series is the real work of my life. I began this book at the age of 65 (tho I think we're all about 23 years old, on the inside.) I was born in 1952.
My website is firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a work in process.
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