Saturday, 17 January 2009

Day 19-Miniature Book On Miniature Paintings

LET BOOKS be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights Let them be your mattress And you shall sleep restful nights -annonymous

A book is like carrying a garden in a pocket-Chinese proverb.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen,

I love books and that's why in every dollhouse that I build, there must always be room for a library. And since I am a bit of a bibliophile, I too hope to collect miniature books for my palace. My library, big or mini will be one that's overflowing with books, none of these dainty chiffonier lined with only a dozen books.

So at the start of this year, I went and bought some "do it yourself kit" from, hoping to learn how to make my own books before I know enough to buy the collectibles. The kits arrived at work this morning and when I came home, I set about making my 1st book. Its not a papermini book but one of my own, titled "Indian Miniature Paintings".

It took me 4 hours from start to finish. And this is what I did:

I brought out the tools that I would need: glue, a used aluminium candle holder to hold the glue, toothpick for application, steel ruler, craft knife, pencil, scissors, 2 tiny clothes pegs and the black woven cloth tape which I wanted to use for the book cover.

I then cut out the blank pages of the book in 1 long strip and then fold the pages accordion style.

I next glued the back of the pages together to form the inside of the book. Full instructions for the above steps can be found at the paperminis' website.

As this is my 1st book, I have decided to make a fairly rudimentary black cover with very little adornment. Nonetheless, I had read somewhere on how a headband would add that extra zing to any mini book and so I spent a big part of the 4 hours making and gluing the tiniest strip of gold thread on the spines. I had also wanted a gold ribbon bookmark but by the time I finished gluing the headband, I was too blind and dizzy (see left for pic taken when I was slightly giddy).

The fun part was cutting "pages" from the printouts I did sometime back, of Indian miniature paintings. Of course, I picked only the love scenes and the "inscriptions".

The final product is my book of love (6/8" h, 11/16" w, 1/8" thick)

Page 1
Page 2
Pg 3
Pg 4
The End
Tue date for return :5/2/2009.



Sumaiya Mehreen said...

I love the illustrations you chose for your book. My favorite mini book author is Pat Carlson. You can find her at:

San said...

Yes, Sumaiya! I have seen Pat Carlson's books on ebay too. I just checked out her website and her ooak books are fabulous. If you see or know any collectible mini books on Indian literature/history/whatever for sale, do let me know! Thanks!!

Daisy Carpi said...

I got a prize for you in my blog, go to receive, kiss

San said...

Wow! Popping right over Daisy!

Pubdoll said...

As a book lover myself I really liked your quotes, especially the last one by Anna Quindlen!
Lovely book, and impressive as a first try! I tried to make some books myself, but now have become an avid collector of books made by other instead (I have mentioned Treefeathers and Jean Day in my blog) I usually collect books according to three criteria: Size, since my scale is smaller than the usual 1:12, books about small people or miniatures, and last but not least: beautiful books! Must admit though, that most of my books have blank pages.

Sans said...

Helene, I wanted to collect readable books as well.But they are hard to come by and expensive and really how many of them out there is about Maharajah or India, LOL, so I decided I had to make some. On the 100th day anniversary of my blog, I will also compile little books of palace stories. I am not exactly looking forward to that because book making is a lot of work. But then again, what miniature making isn't? lol

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