Miniature Book Christmas Tree Ornaments

tiny book ornaments handmade by bookbinder Ruth Bleakley

Handmade tiny book ornaments are back in my online shop! These little book ornaments are a great gift for librarians, your book club or for published authors.

The covers are made with scrap papers leftover when I make my larger books. I love the color and pattern on Japanese chiyogami paper – each piece of paper starts out white and is made from the fibers of the mulberry plant (same as the one that silkworms like). Then layers of paint are added using screen printing  – some of the more complex patterns can have up to 8 different layers of pigment!

Here’s a neat video that shows the process:

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