Thursday, March 31, 2016

Get Back to the Print!

Since this is a whole little series inspired by LuLa's (in my opinion) dismal failure to deliver anything on their "Get Back To The Print" series, I thought I'd put a table of contents here, to make it a little easier for the occasional visitor to make sense of it. This is just a series of links to the previous 5 posts, in the order they were posted.


  1. This has been a good series on the subject. Last year, in response to my wife's complaint that there were literally thousands of digital images residing on my hard drives, which nobody else can see (Flickr and my blog obviously don't count as galleries), I embarked on printing every decent image (defined as images important enough, either as photographs or documents, to be saved), via my local lab, onto RA4 paper as 4"-by-6" prints. These many hundreds of prints now reside in a decorator box in our living room, and are free to be examined by whomever. No, it's not the same as prints on the wall, but we don't have that much wall space. I've also done some Blurb books, but I like the cost and immediacy of RA4 prints.

    1. Nice idea, a browsable collection, in chronological order? (May not stay that way)

  2. An excellent series. I'm quite impressed by your efforts, and desire to have a tangible end point for your photography, which I also seek. Bookmarked for future reference.

    I've had a couple of very high quality photo books done through on-line services, quite beautiful but also very pricy. I also feel the process is more about spending time on the computer than I'd like, a bit too removed from the production. And then their are the fears of liking what I see on the screen, but not being confident about what the printer may send back.... yes, I know there are workarounds, calibration, etc....

    I've toyed with the idea of building my own, but was a little intimidated until now. Being a former model maker with some skills, I may just give it a go.

    I've searched quite widely for advice on self printing/binding, but haven't found much practical advice. I'm really surprised their aren't more 'kits' to help people who want to print and assemble their own books.

    Thanks for all the advice.


  3. Thank you!

    The best resource I found online for making a basic codex is here:

    I disagree with the way he sews, although what he (she?) does will work, there's a few details of stitching that I prefer to do differently.

    That link, a few experiments, and a little poking around the web was how I learned.

    The book by Artemis BonaDea is a must have, but it's a free download so it's also a why not have it!

    Lastly, had kits and materials available. Build their "handmade journal" kit according to the instructions included in the kit, and you will learn much.