Sunday, January 3, 2021

May this New Year bring you good health, and happy times with family and friends.
Look for the blessings in each new day.


Friday, November 20, 2020

Lingering in His Word Livestream


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Loving Handmade Books

©Candice Schwark 2020
Books are one of my weaknesses. I am trying to lighten my shelves by donating some of them,  like my calligraphy books. There's quite a collection living with me.

Of course, I can weed out books but then I turn right around and make them!! It's another one of my "gotta-do-it-whenever-I-can" hobbies. I joined the Handmade Book Club online and Ali Manning presents us with challenges, which motivate me. It's amazing how many I've produced lately. If I can part with them, they'll be great gifts.

The Zebra batik fabric book is a recent addition.  I've had the batik fabric for many, many years and it finally has a purpose. I don't even remember where I bought it. This is a slim case binding.

The one below is a coptic binding using handmade paper for the cover and collaged papers for the signatures. This was a fun activity for a one-day online retreat. My pages need embellishing. Often when I make books, I like to use a pendant that I've enhanced with resin and baubles. I add a bungie cord so it wraps around the book as shown here on the coptic binding before I stitched it.

One of my favorite things to do is use my eco-printed papers in my books....they add such a nice feature for writing on, or as an embellishment.

I believe Ali Manning's Handmade Book Club is not open for membership right now, but I highly recommend it. You may add your name to the waitlist. Be sure to check out her main website: Vintage Page Designs.

 Now, I guess I should go figure out what I want to put into these books.

Blessings on your day!

©Candice Schwark 2020

©Candice Schwark 2020
These small books are made from canvas.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Greetings from Michigan

Hope your celebration of Jesus' birth this Christmas was 
a memory-making time.
Wishing you many blessings in the New Year!
HAPPY 2020