Shibori Indigo Journals Made From Fabric I Hand-Dyed with Indigo

Here are some of the beautiful journals I created using the skills I learned in two of the workshops I took in 2018 – Shibori Tie Dye workshop at Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida, taught by fiber artist Jane Callender and the Making Book Cloth Workshop in Asheville taught by bookbinder Sara Brooks. I love challenging…read more

Blue Waves French Link Journal with Golden Thread Detail

This lovely blue waves french link journal combines two of my favorite things: fancy stitching and decorative paper! I combined four different types of decorative paper in this book, a blue and gold florentine pattern made in Italy, a blue waves pattern and white flower pattern both made in Japan (this pack of five chiyogami…read more

Twin Journals Made from Colorful Japanese Chiyogami Paper Inlays

One of my favorite things about living in Florida is how bright and colorful everything is. No one blinks twice at an aqua or coral colored house, or my crazy purple hair. It’s interesting then, that one of my all time favorite bookbinding materials is this super colorful and vibrant Japanese Chiyogami paper since having…read more

Coyotes and Bears, Oh My! Handmade Journals Made From Recycled Paper

I created these wonderful laser-engraved journals featuring a fearsome grizzly bear and Wiley coyote almost exclusively from recycled materials. The covers are 100% recycled book board, and the inside unlined pages are 100% recycled. The only thing that isn’t recycled is the waxed linen thread that I used to stitch them together, but even that…read more

Washi Tape Journals with Ladder Back Coptic Stitch

They’re back! In 2015 I had the privilege of having my handmade journals included in Charlotte River’s book Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books. Doubly cool was that one of my journals was featured prominently on the cover of the Spanish-language edition called Cómo hacer tus propios…read more

Unlined Journals with Marbled Covers and French Link Stitch Binding

If you look back on my Indigo and Gold Branches French Link Stitch Journal post (that’s the journal pictured below in the middle) you’ll notice the beautiful blue, green, gold and black marbled paper that I used on the inside end pages. I can’t pretend to have some kind of top-secret source for that gorgeous…read more

Shimmering Hand Painted Fish Journal

Many years ago, one of my favorite types of books to make were hand-painted ones, but with the discovery of Japanese Chiyogami paper, I got away from that for a while, but now that I have the amazing Glowforge laser cutter, I’m back at the hand-painting game! This fish journal is a great example of…read more

Teflon Folders vs Bone Folders – which one is better for bookbinding?

I’m pleased to announce I have a limited number of teflon folders available for sale in my online shop at RuthBleakley.etsy.com. Read on for more information about what makes these bookbinding tools so wonderful and different from regular bone folders. What is a Teflon folder, anyway? Well, a traditional bone folder is a thin stick…read more

Shibori Tie Dye Class with Jane Callender at Aya Fiber Studio

To celebrate my 33rd birthday on March 22nd, I made a special week-long trip to Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida to learn stitched Shibori tie dye from world-renowned fiber artist and author, Jane “Cali” Callender. Her book “Stitched Shibori”  is not only gorgeous to look at; it also provides lots of practical instruction about…read more

Honeybee Journals Make a Great Gift for Beekeepers

You can buy this bee journal in my online shop 166 pages, unlined, lays flat when opened I created this journal in honor of one of our most important pollinators – bees! Did you know more than $15 billion a year in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees, including apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and…read more

As The Crow Flies Opening

Last Weekend, Ryan and I held the opening to our As the Crow Flies show, which features hanging mobiles and cool wall art. Here are a few pictures after the opening when we were hanging around with some of our friends. This one is called Jupiter’s Crow and it was designed and create by Ryan….read more

New Paper Scrap Swap!

I joined Swap-bot a couple months ago and it’s been really fun. It’s a site that facilitates snail-mail swaps on a variety of topics – I’ve been part of two ATC (artist trading card) swaps, a small package swaps where you included one thing red, one thing blue and one thing yellow, and now I’m…read more

Webster’s Pictorial Dictionary

I’m currently lusting after Webster’s Pictorial Dictionary by Chronicle Books. We have a copy here at the Paper Tyger that I lovingly look through – it’s a hefty little book, about two inches thick, and about 7″x9″. An excerpt from the back cover reads: “Featuring more than 1,500 engravings that originally graced the pages of…read more

As The Crow Flies Show!

My show is finally up at Coffee Obsession, Woods Hole – the opening is this Saturday, Nov. 7th at 7PM! Come have a look at the art and meet and greet the artists – (or as they say here “AHHHH tists”)

Two Crow Mobiles

IMGP2518 Originally uploaded by MissRuth I am having a show at Coffee Obsession in Woods Hole, MA which I’d like to be crow-themed, so I’m already working on pieces for it. Crows are one of my favorite birds – I love watching them rummage through our compost pile and flying off with corn cobs and…read more

Floating Ink Bombs: Decorative Paper With Bubbles

  There are still a few warm sunny days left in September and the beginning of October up here in Massachusetts. Take yourself outside for some decorative paper-making fun using bubble-blowing solution and ink. Just to warn you, this  could quite possibly be the most messy craft project ever – imagine inky bubbles wafting around…read more

One Tool Every Knife-Wielding Crafter Should Own

If you’re like me, you have a little box, maybe a jar with a slit cut in the lid, labeled “SHARPS” (that’s just an idea I got from the doctor’s office, maybe yours says “DANGER!!” or “THIS IS NOT A COOKIE JAR”). And inside you have all of those spent X-acto blades, Olfa blades, snap-off…read more

Upcoming Classes at Falmouth Community School

Attention Bibliophiles! I have some last minute additions to my fall bookbinding workshop schedule. I’ll be substituting in for Michael Bushy’s Falmouth Community School classes, starting Sept. 28th. The classes go for three weeks and are just $49 plus a $25 materials fee. You can see a full catalog of classes here (opens a PDF)…read more

Featured Artist: Pistoles Press

Pistoles Press is one of my favorite shops on Etsy, and Lana creates beautiful  hand-pulled woodblock prints with an asian/art nouveau flair. I have several sets of her prints hanging in her house – Three lovely tree prints in black and white by Lambert Press From her blog, “Lana is a member of the McGuffey…read more

Yummy Strawberries!

I love small cute things and the alpine strawberries I’ve been growing the past two years totally fit the bill. They grow perfectly here on Cape Cod (did you know that Cape Cod was the top producer of strawberries east of the Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century?) which is fortunate because I…read more