So starting off, the paper was not the right size or weight; flimsy would best describe it. The paper scraps were from an earlier project, a bit on the stiff side for a collage but my thoughts were it will add some weight to the flimsy base paper. Hold that thought for later… The actual collage process went along splendidly until I moved it and a big chunk tore off where it had stuck to the mat! Patch it up, wipe up excess glue, and continue on— Plan B now becoming C—gluing down pieces of torn paper checking for any other weak spots, and noticing a serious scarcity of pink-patterned paper! NOOOOO, where did it go? So assuming it had all been used, I search the bags in boxes to no avail! Plan D coming up! Watercolor crystals! That will make everything look intentional because they can blend and color all over without adding any more bulk to the already obese paper. Worked like a charm! Done! Hang to dry.
Back to the “hold that thought”…the paper, now dry and very (VERY) non-flimsy, becomes a woodworking project with a hammer in hand to beat folds into equal (um, mostly equal!) sections that will become the book pages. Paper folded, patched where cracked, and onto the cover! For purposes of brevity, the “I” becomes a “we” as M saves the day, and swoops in (to implement Plan…is it E or F?) to get the cover to become one with the pages. Viola! A book emerges looking just like it was planned:)
The Process Video: