bc201 ~ Botanical Illustrations From the 16th to the 19th Century Tutorial


Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler and/or bone folder. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Tweezers, detailing scissors

  • Good cutting mat

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear

  • A glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue

  • Small black binder clip

  • A black sharp-point felt-tip pen

1. Cut out the four long page strips. Fan fold all page strips taking care that the raw edges line up perfectly. Note the direction of the fold to start with at the beginning of the ‘end board.’ Also check the ending fold for the final ‘end board.’

2. Use a glue stick and carefully add a layer of glue to the back side of the first strip. Make sure to reach the edges of the strip. DO NOT PAINT GLUE TO BACKS OF THE ‘END BOARDS’ that are located at each end of a strip. This is the only step that requires the use of the glue stick.

3. One-by-one, press the blank sides of the pages together. Be careful to align the raw edges of the pages as perfectly as possible. Note that the ‘end boards’ are not included in the gluing. Repeat for the other three strips.

4. Clip the four stacked strips of pages together with the small black office clip. You might want to place a folded bit of cardboard under the pinch of the black clip to avoid denting the pages. Paint a generous layer of glue to the spine side of the page edges. Allow to dry thoroughly.

5. Move now to the book's cover. Carefully tape the pattern to the leatherette piece. It is preferable to use a lighter tape like a removable tape so as not to damage the leatherette surface. Cut out the cover piece and include the notches at either side of the spine tabs.

6. Take the cover lining panel and position it to the exact center of the leatherette piece to ensure that the size is correct. Now paint the inside of the leatherette cover with a coat of glue and place the lining panel on the glue.

7. If there are any gaps in the corner or spine seams, use a sharp-point felt- tip pen to cover exposed white paper.

8. Fold at the lines that designate where the spine will be. Make sure that the pages will fit the cover correctly.

9. Paint glue to the blank side of the ‘end boards’ and the spine – a second time.

10. Position the unit carefully on the inside of the book cover. Flatten out edges.
11. Paint glue to the cover’s art panel and carefully position it as shown in the photo.
12. To accurately position the dust jacket, firmly hold the printed spine area of the dust jacket right over the spine area of the book. Slip the front flap inside the cover and then crease along the book’s edge. Repeat for the back flap.

13. Here is the completed book project.
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