I was starting to get a booking making itch...it has been nearly three months since I finished school and all my projects so I was due for another book! Since I'm in a tiny town in Italy, supplies can be tricky to come by sometimes. Luckily, there's quite a lot of art stuff left behind by past students and a surprisingly well stocked hardware store in town!

For this book, I wanted to use as many found materials as I could...wine in particular. I saved a leftover bottle of Chianti and had some fun dying some paper from an old sketchbook. Combined with some watercolor boards, twine and some handmade paper and Voila!

I made up the stitch by doodling prior to sewing but it's kind of a hybrid of the Caterpillar stitch I used on my 7 Deadly Sins books.

I'm really pleased with how it came out. I think I'm going to continue making books with this process while I'm here, ie trying to use as many found materials as possible. Maybe even let the wine dying crossover into some clothes tie-dye!

The book consists of 9 signatures of 2 folios each. It was fun ordering them and seeing how the different patterns that were created looking with eachother.


Ciao Roma!

Inbetween the sessions of students, the RC's get to travel...where ever!
Because our last break was so brief I didn't get to go anywhere too far away but I did get a chance to go back to Rome! I had some time to mosey around the city before I caught up with my friend Sarah.

I stayed mostly in the Piazza Navona area, which is home to one of Bernini's fountains, the Spanish steps, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. Last year I didn't get a chance to sketch these places but I made a point to this time around!
The Pantheon

The Trevi Fountain

Quick sketch of the Colosseum

Even quicker sketch of part of Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona.

Next break...CROATIA!! And hopefully Paris...