Saturday, July 4, 2015

Contemporary Book of Hours

Last week, I attended the Focus on Book Arts Conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove. The biennial conference attracts outstanding book artists and instructors. I made this book in Carol Pallesen's workshop entitled The Contemporary Book of Hours. We painted Arches text wove pages with casein or milk-based paint. The milk protein casein acts as a pigment binder. It's non-toxic, dries quickly with a matte finish, is waterproof for layering other media and takes lettering well. The colors can be mixed and applied with several layers to get a deeper hue. When working wet on wet wonderful blooms occur. I'd use this paint again. We bound the sections in beautiful cow leather covers. I love the feel of the leather and want to make a smaller book. The book's ready for my collection of favorite poems, quotes and sayings.


Shelby Barrentine said...

These are so inviting. Wow. That blue cover is dazzling! Does the casein paint receive lettering well? Did you buy the casein?

Dreamcicle Journeys said...

Thanks, Shelby. The casein paint receives lettering very well. Carol Pallesen our instructor provided the casein paint- Shiva and Pelikan Plaka brands.