30 books

by brae  

I bought a lovely bookcase quite some time ago simply because I liked the look of it even though it wasn't modern, the usual style I worked in for the Newport.  When I started the Heritage project, it found a new home.  But, I've made only a handful of books and those are in Baxter Pointe Villa.  For the Heritage, I wanted a mix of antique and newer books - a collection built over time.  I printed and cut 130 book covers with the plan to fill them with balsa wood inserts.

There ended up being a few duplicates in the 130 since there were a few books I wanted to be sure I made (I liked the covers) so I made duplicates in case I messed up my first attempt.  As you can see, I made it through 30 of them today.  :D  Yes, there is one duplicate in there - a two volume set.  Ha ha!

A few came from Carrie at A Lavender Dilly but most are just found online images.  If I can't find a full image of the spine and back for a cover I especially like, I sometimes make up the spine and back in PhotoShop.  I like my books to be complete, even if the backs don't show in most settings.  I also paint my edges in an array of yellows and tans for variety in case I use any for tabletop displays.

I have lined my past book covers with heavier drawing paper, but this is harder to work with.  So, for the sake of ease and time involved, I used only the paper printout over the balsa for this grouping.

Here are two shelves of the bookcase with my 30 books in place.

I won't need the remaining 100 covers I cut out to fill up the bookcase, but I want books to place around the house so I'll make up the rest (minus the duplicates) which is probably closer to 85-90 more books.  Good thing I like the tedium of it all.  :D


Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
These look great, friend! I love the look of teeny books. Tedious, but such a great payoff in detail. :)
11/20/11 @ 23:58
Comment from: Sjoukje [Visitor]
Nice work!! The books look great Sjoukje
11/21/11 @ 00:59
Comment from: Tony [Visitor]
The bookcase looks beautiful Brae and the books just finish it off perfectly :)
11/21/11 @ 03:16
Comment from: Fabiola [Visitor]
Fantastic collection. Bye Faby
11/21/11 @ 04:09
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Sigh...so perfect. I need to buy photoshop and figure out how to use it...this is how I want my books to look.
11/21/11 @ 04:47
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
What a beautiful cabinetl! I love your books. They are so very well made. I'm with Keli. I want photoshop!
11/21/11 @ 06:29
Comment from: The Old Maid [Visitor]
Great collection! They look good in your bookcase!
11/21/11 @ 09:24
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]
These books are wonderful. Great job. Love the variety.
11/21/11 @ 09:33
Comment from: cockerina [Visitor]
I also, I became passionate about the construction of books, but I like to do, only those to read. it is true that taking away a long time, but eventually become more realistic than those made of wood:)) .. maybe you want to visit my Etsy shop? http://www.etsy.com/shop/cockerina?ref=si_shop among those which I have already sold, there are several old books ... kisses Caterina
11/21/11 @ 09:45
Comment from: Janice [Visitor]
The tedium is worth it, they look great.
11/21/11 @ 15:08
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, everyone! :D You have beautiful books, Caterina!
11/21/11 @ 17:07
Comment from: Angela [Visitor]
Love the books!
11/22/11 @ 10:08
Comment from: lataina [Visitor]
Your collection looks fantastic, Brae! =)
11/25/11 @ 23:47

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