Thursday, May 24, 2012

Making a Poetry Chapbook

This is chapbook creation week in the class I’m taking with awesome teacher, Christina Burress. My printer decided to take a vacation, so I considered my options:

  1. Create a chapbook using InDesign (which I’ve been wanting to learn anyway) and submit a digital version.
  2. Take my flash drive to Staples to have them print copies and use them to create a hands-on version.

I started on Monday by creating my layout in InDesign. After adding in all of my poems and some of my own photos, I realized, it wasn’t where my heart was. I wanted to paint, cut, and paste.

While I pondered hand-writing all of my poems, I went with Xerox copies instead. Because my book is so large, I decided to create an accordion binding:

On about Wednesday I got the urge to make some leaf and flower prints. Then I pulled out the watercolors. Here are some photos from my work:

If you’re interested in book-making, here is a favorite book from my collection that I refer to when creating chapbooks.

I will post additional photos next week when I am finished. Thanks for reading!



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  1. Oh, what a cool idea! I wanted to learn how to do this about a year ago, but got distracted by ... something. Our move, maybe?

    This, among many other reasons, is why I'm passing on the Versatile Blogger award to you. Check it out at Rhymes With Tao:

  2. Oh geez, I'm behind in my replies. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!
    Thank you, Lynn, for the versatile blog award! I appreciate your kindness!!
    My brain has gone to bed. Goodnight.