Posts Tagged ‘writing’
November is Novel-Writing Month! It’s also near the time of year when gift-giving is on the mind. I thought I’d combine the two and show you some ideal presents for your imaginative, writerly friends and family. As evidenced by the above, I go through a lot of journals and notebooks, many of which I bought at The Paper Place before I even started working here. We have such a large assortment, so many that I can only represent a small fraction of them, but here are some of my favourites.
These come in two styles, the first is smaller, and the cover thicker. In this style the pages are lined. They come in black, red, and dark brown. I have one in black, pictured above. Important to note: they close with a thin leather strap. I left it undone one day on my desk and my cat got to it. So, no more strap. Lesson learned: cats like string-like things and destroying all I hold dear. Also, please note the above was written while in a moving vehicle. Though my penmanship is often atrocious even in stationary situations.
The second style is larger, feels softer, and has more pages. This journal comes in black, red, tan and dark brown. The pages themselves are unlined, so it’s a great journal for those who like to write and draw. The edges are also marbled. It’s a very pretty book that ages beautifully.
Appealing in their simplicity, these slender notebooks are great for throwing in your bag, for school or for fun.
I can’t decide which one I want… (Mustard… ivory or black… or all of them.) Slim and lined these books are great for school, and work perfectly as drafting books for short stories. The paper also feel ultra-smooth, so pens move easily across the page.
Popular and trendy, but for good reason. These minimalistic, sturdy notebooks are versatile, coming in a range of styles and specialties. I’ve used the lined for writing, the blank for drawing, the grid for everything, and the storyboard for photo composition plans and sketches. The Paper Place carries an excellent selection of styles and formats.
We also have a collection of notebooks with cute and/or absurd illustrated covers. I love this one because it looks like my cats! And I’m a crazy person.
(Bunny does not see the resemblance.)
Note: we also have black Micron pens back in stock, they come in fine and super-fine. They write beautifully and don’t bleed. I love them, they are the best.
Reflections from Lindsay Zier-Vogel on her residency in Nebraska.
I spent the last month at a writing (and letterpress!) residency at Art Farm in Nebraska – it was brilliantly inspiring. I created a writing studio in the back of what will one day be a fully functional print shop. The space houses towers of salvaged paper, 240 fonts and a bunch of printing presses. This is where I set to work learning how to use the letterpress.
I printed two books while I was down there – each page was hand-set and hand-cranked, and of course, hand-bound.
Using the press required me to slow down my process. No more crank it out in an evening books. Instead, I’d spend days setting the type, prepping the paper, and getting the ink exactly right.
18-point font seems huge in the land of computers, but I tell you, those commas were the teeniest little things. As soon as I got to the press and rolled the heavy handle, though, I’d forget about all the curse words and foot stomping and fumbling fingers of typesetting and be delighted and amazed at each printed page.
I printed my first book, love. on salvaged paper, with maps of Nebraska for the end papers and cover detail, with my favourite Nepalese paper from The Paper Place for the cover. The paper’s fabric-y enough to hold sewing machine stitches easily.
For A Miracle Somehow, I used a variety of papers including found gridded paper, and the most glorious ivory cotton St. Armand papers that I brought down with me (also from The Paper Place.) The text was so clear and rich and printed so beautifully, it’s all I ever want to print on from here on in.
I’m now home and can’t wait to start playing around with more Letterpress in Toronto.