Monday, May 23, 2011

Secret Belgian Book Binding

At our Portland Art Collective Menucha retreat this weekend, Lorraine Jones and Laurie Weiss
taught us how to do the secret Belgian book binding technique. I made two books with magic decorative papers from my stash. The books measure 4 x 5 inches.

The above paper was painted and stamped on artist tissue paper. The black lines are webbing spray paint. Kyrlon makes it in several different colors. Contrasting colors add great texture to painted surfaces.

Here's what the backs of the books look like. You can get online instructions for this book binding technique Here. Now this technique is not so secret. I'm curious how it got its name.

8 comments:

Ruth said...

Hi Paula, I was just reading about this binding in Alisa Golden's book and added it to my list of 'bindings to try'. Do the pages lie flat in the finished book?

Gwen said...

I like the papers you covered your books with as much as the books! You really make beautiful papers!

Createology said...

Paula your books are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing how to do the "secret" binding. Very cool covers you have created. Happy week to you...

lilylovekin said...

The "secret" binding gives a very nice finish to your books, I DO wonder how it got its name. Have a creative week.

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Ruth, yes the book lies flat. You'd enjoy using this binding.

Jo Reimer said...

These are such beautiful papers, Paula, as are the resulting books. Thanks for referring me to the tutorial. I'll use it one of these days.

Dayna Collins said...

Your books turned out beautifully! What a fun project and I can't wait to see how you end up using your books.

celeste said...

I have been wanting to do that Secret Beligian Binding for years! One of these days. I also love those papers...really want to make a pile of those cooperative papers in August!