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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Butterfly in Me...

Me with my new butterfly wings and a few more additions... 

My dear friends, I want to share this interview in which Maria Mar and I go from my earliest journey as an artist and how it took me through today, using the metaphor of the butterfly to identify each stage in the artist's career. 

The artist never really arrives to an end until the end, but it is always great to look back and feel something has been accomplished. For me, it was a long, tough decision, but one that has now been firm for many years and years to come. So I invite you to take a look, and enjoy Maria Mar's beautiful and fun work in Butterfly You!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Reve de Femmes- Rêv'Elles Agenda Lunaire 2014

I got the package a couple of days ago:

This fun witch was inside. "Wow, how different from last year's agenda," I thought!

Then looked for my piece in it. By now I had forgotten which images I sent. In fact, when I got an email recently telling me about the upcoming agenda and where should they send it, I had forgotten all about it. I never assume that anything I send will be published, even if it is directly requested like the images for this were. Also, it is great to forget because then you can feel the emotion twice! Now that I had my new agenda, I will forget less. Although, to tell you the truth, it is too pretty to write on!!

Ok, so I looked for my piece, and found it:

It's Mary Magdalene of the Moon! Very witchy! And I got the month of December, for my birthday.

Then something interrupted the flow of emotion, and I put it back in the envelope.

Yesterday, my facebook friend Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné posted her piece and the agenda, 

I love Danielle's artwork!!!

and I felt so embarrassed that I had not done it yet. When is it that I will thank the wonderful women of Reve de Femmes for their outstanding work, and for the kindness of including my work in it? Today is the day.

So I opened my package again, and took out the agenda to scan it. But I took it out backwards, and this is what I saw:

Goddess of Rebirth, Swiftness, and Charm by Tanya Torres, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16, 2013, commissioned by Elisa Evora.
I had nobody to celebrate with because it is early in the day and I am alone in my studio. So I am celebrating with you!

Thank you Reve de Femmes for including my work in this wonderful publication next to so many other women who are working with the theme of the Sacred Feminine. You are so far away in France, but thanks to the Internet, we are now all near, connected and working to improve the lives of all people through beauty, joy and companionship. I feel very lucky and honored to be in this publication.

If you would like to order yours, support the work of these women from France, who somehow find artists from all over the world to create a wonderful work of art in its own right, visit this page: http://www.revedefemmes.net/pages/catalogue.php?famille=Agendas

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Sophia's Light, A Miniature Pendant Book Inspired by the Teachings of Mary Magdalene

This beautiful Mary Magdalene was carved by artisans Marta Rodríguez Olmeda and her apprentice Bárbara and given to me as a gift during the Mary Magdalene Celebration in July. Here she taking care of my little pendant book. The rocks are gifts by my friends!
I don't know how my friend Giorgia knew it, but she sent me a rock from California! Thank you Giorgia! The rock does not appear here, because I just got it a few days ago. But it is now in the middle of the ones above, with Mary Magdalene, on my desk.

And my new little book is with the Magdalene, too. Why? Because these are the poems I wrote after reading and writing and thinking about her, and painting her image.

This is the English version of Destellos de Sofía, but smaller and wearable. I have been looking for ways to make my art both accessible and relevant to everyday life. This is one way I found to be next to your heart!

While I made sure that the poems are readable in the book pages, the experience requires intimacy and, well, eyeglasses? Because this illustrated, handmade, hand-cut, braided, and beloved book is so small, I am sharing the poems here, a gift from deep within my heart.

If you would like one of the books in this edition of 100 (still in the making... but I have a few ready), just email me [tanyaetorres[at]yahoo.com] or visit my Etsy shop to order. The price is $20. Free shipping.

Here are the poems, from my heart to yours:

Sophia's Light

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Day to Love Your Body • Día para amar tu cuerpo

Celebrating the day to love your body with Corazón Tierra, in her wonderful blog Cuerpo Adentro. Thank you for including Cesárea al amanecer as the image representing a loving attitude towards our bodies.
Felicidades en el Día para Amar tu Cuerpo! Gracias Corazon Tierra por incluir Cesárea al amanecer como la imagen representativa del amor por nuestro cuerpo en tu hermoso blog!
"Nuestro cuerpo es mucho más que la apariencia física, mucho más que una talla o una cantidad de kilos. Es el hogar del alma. Cuando honramos su sabiduría podemos descubrir el secreto de la plenitud."

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Poetry Reading and Sneak Peek of my New Miniature Book

This weekend, I'll be reading poetry during a presentation of 

Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012/ Abriendo caminos: antología de escritoras puertorriqueñas en Nueva York 1980-2012

Together with Myrna Nieves, the editor of the book and a sublime poet, and Ana López-Betancourt, one of the writers included in the anthology

This anthology includes some of the poems I wrote for the artwork of Cuerpo de Batalla. (This is how it goes: I wrote poems, then created art, then wrote new poems for the art...)

Come by if you can make it!

The Children's Aid Society's East Harlem Center
130 East 101st Street, East Harlem
NY NY 1002
Saturday, October 12, 2013   3:00 PM
Visit Myrna Nieves' table at the Festival!

I will be sharing from my new little book-pendant, Sophia's Light, translation of Destellos de Sofía.

Cutest model ever! Poet Papoleto wears my book!

I'm currently working on an edition of 100 book-pendants. 
What do you think?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

At Passages in the Bronx

Memorial. My wedding dress, fabric, doll, plastic flowers. 2007
A review from The Bronx Art Exchange: 

The Andrew Freedman House is ON FIRE: New Latino Art Exhibition!

Visiones Culturales, launched their exhibition, "Passages" yesterday in the stately manor that is the Andrew Freedman HomeThis is one of the best exhibitions currently running in New York City at the moment. It's up for a limited time and I HIGHLY recommend you RUN to see this... Read more

Come by today for bomba music and the art market! I'll be there! 10-12 a.m.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Passages at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx

An invitation from Yolanda L. Rodríguez, MA Ed.and Josué Guarionex Colón:

We would like to invite you to the Opening Night Event for our organization’s latest event "Passages: A Collective Exhibition”, to take place from September 26th to October 10th at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx.

Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month a Collective of 20 Hispanic artists will explore the human condition at its raw state and how art is the passage to a different Hispanic experience. The art pieces will explore the things to which the human gravitates or holds on to when emotionally charged (religion, politics or social interactions, nostalgia, lust, passion, writing, music, dance).

This event will be a collaboration of artists utilizing a variety of mediums and performance arts. During the 2 weeks of exhibition, Visiones Culturales, LLC, has also planned numerous art workshops for the community and cultural events. These events will be a collaboration between many non-profit organizations and the collective of artists. All of which are committed to and engaged in using their art in many other humanitarian and civic organizations. These are artists giving back to the community!!!

Some of the events include: Ghetto Brothers, Bomba Yo, Workshops by Tanya Torres, Carolina Bermudez, Yarisa Colon; Nilka Martel (Founder of G.I.V.E. Getting Involved, Virginia Ave. Efforts); among others, Noche de Poesía y Música Latinoamericana in collaboration with Asociación Internacional de Poetas y Escritores Hispanos AIPEH NY and Los Chamanes music group, Artist Marqueta in collaboration with the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts (PRIDA), Live Art event in collaboration with YUCA Art Project, Artist Q & A and Short Film presentation, Dance Performers, DJs and Live Music.

The paintings, photographs, sculptures, movies, poems and multimedia displays will be curated by Yolanda L. Rodriguez, MA Ed. Installations will be arranged by the collaborating team of our Art Director Josue Guarionex Colon and his team. Artist will include the following names:

1. Yarisa Colón espacioasiray.blogspot.com
2. Josué Guarionex 
3. Justo A. Carreras 
4. Yolanda L. Rodríguez 
5. Giannina Gutierrez 
6. Tanya Torres 
7. Quique Rivera Rivera 
8. Norka Pérez 
9. Aydasara Ortega 
10. Rubén Rivera 
11. José Antonio Ortiz Pagan 
12. George Zavala
13. Yunior Chiqui Mendoza
14. Fanny Montero 
15. Carolina Bermúdez
16. Roberto Silva 
17. Hiram Melendez 
18. William Bass Morales 
19. Yehimar Abyisys 
20. Michelle Ortíz 

See interviews with the artists in the Visiones Culturales You Tube Channel.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Things that Keep Me Going

A Cacibayagua necklace brought as a gift for the women of Dominican Republic who participate in a project created by Dr. Vilma Caban-Vazquez, Ed.D. that promotes economic empowerment for battered women. See her website here: http://doctoravazquez.wordpress.com
"Thank you so much Tanya Torres!!! As advocacy researcher for The Latina Project: "Breaking the Cycle & Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence" I am deeply grateful for your artistic contribution to my project. 

Tanya Torres consented for me to use her inspirational and cultural iconic figure—Cacibayagua: Taina Goddess— in any promotional literature and research reports sharing the worked centered on The Latina Domestic Violence Research Project. 

In August 2013, when the research team traveled back to Bonao, Dr. Caban-Vazquez delivered an inspirational gift especially designed to inspire the ten domestic violence victims. Tanya Torres lovingly hand–crafted unique wearable art necklaces with the inspirational image of Cacibayagua— the mythical Taina Goddess. Traditional Dominican folklore describes how Cacibayagua is the original life source of the indigenous Taino Indians that emerged from her beautiful cave. The inspirational intention behind sharing this gift is to encourage the women. In the face of adversity and their personal decision to renounce the economic stranglehold of their abusers, these empowered women can recall the legend of Cacibayagua. The necklace signifies their promise and legacy as Latina women and descendants of the rich Taino culture. It is a symbolic reminder to tap into the spiritual strength of their inner Taina goddess. This artistic gift serves as a beautiful and concrete reminder of their legacy and the promise of their destiny as “empowered” women and not “beaten” women! Tanya Torres...YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN:-)"

No I did not! You did, Dra. Váquez!!! And I'm honored that you thought my art worthy of such a beautiful cause. Thank you.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Heaven and Earth at Bright Rain Gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Please join us if you are in the area! We look forward to a very special evening!

Ready for K by Rosa

Rosa participated in my Coptic Binding Bookmaking Workshop back in June. She said she had a lot of fun, but here is the proof that fun can be a big part of learning!

When she called me last week to tell me she needed some help making a notebook for her grandson, who is starting kindergaten in August, I told her to get started and she would remember how to do it. Otherwise we could meet when I come back to New York in August. But I knew she could do it!

 I am very excited to publish these pictures she sent me of the book she did all by herself. She said it was like seeing a video play once she got started. Thank you Rosa, and congratulations on making your first book on your own for your big boy!

For a free tutorial on how to make your own book, click here. 

If you would like to know about future workshops, let me know by sending me an email or leaving a message in this post.

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Paintings of Mary Magdalene

Yesterday, our Mary Magdalene Celebration was beautiful. Here are the new paintings, presented on the altar at the mass at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, and later placed at the promesa altar.

Mary Magdalene, Our Lady of Flowers by Tanya Torres, oil on canvas board, 10" x 8", 2013

Mary Magdalene and the Miracle of the Red Egg, by Tanya Torres, oil on canvas board, 10" x 8", 2013.

Mary Magdalene, Our Lady of Sunflowers, by Tanya Torres, oil on canvas board, 10" x 8", 2013.

Mary Magdalene, Our Lady of Fire, by Tanya Torres, oil on canvas board, 10" x 8", 2013.
Altar at the celebration, ready for the songs of the promesa, with traditional wooden saint made by artisan Marta Iris Rodríguez Olmeda

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mary Magdalene Celebration this Sunday

Raquel and Tanya in a photo taken in 2010, getting ready to present our project.

Special guest Corazon Tierra will be offering an improvised dance to the Magdalene. ¡Gracias Corazón!!!! Photo by Vivien Perez.
¡Ven a celebrar con nosotras este domingo! Come celebrate with us this Sunday!

Aquí estamos en una foto del 2010, cuando nos preparábamos para presentar nuestro proyecto por primera vez. Las pinturas están sin terminar, y nosotras muy felices de estar juntas, creando. Mañana celebraremos en el mismo lugar ¡y este es un recordatorio de que nos encantaría celebrar contigo! Here we are, a photo taken in 2010, getting ready to present our project. The paintings are still unfinished, and we are very happy to be together, creating. Tomorrow, we will celebrate once again, and this is just a reminder that we would love to celebrate with you!

Y no te preocupes, no hay que creer en en nada para creer en la Magdalena. Es la santa de la Imaginación, ¡Nuestra Señora de Lexington (Avenue)! And do not worry, you don't need to believe in anything in order to believe in the Magdalene. She is the saint of Imagination, Our Lady of Lexington (Avenue)!

¡Aquí va tu invitación! Here is your invitation:

St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, Second Avenue and 10th street. Mass starts at 11, Raquel will be singing with the choir. The Celebration starts around 12: 30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Heaven and Earth to Albuquerque and did you hear the Rumors...

Contrary to popular belief,
I did not have a baby recently...
Nico Tenoch, last year, a few days after his birth in Albuquerque. I traveled there to accompany my friend and Magdalene sister Raquel Z. Rivera, who gave birth to him at home with a midwife. When I posted this photo in Facebook, a rumor grew in Puerto Rico that I had just had a baby and moved to New Mexico...! 
and I did not buy a house in Albuquerque.

This is Carlos' house, where I stayed last year when I visited for Nico Tenoch's birth. I wish I could buy it, but I hear the owner won't sell! 
I do dream of going back!

One thing I do know is 100% true: I will be bringing Heaven and Earth to Bright Rain Gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque and we will have a party on Friday, August 9th! We will definitely have a good time and you are invited! 

I love New Mexico!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Love photos from Vee

On Saturday night, we had the opening of Heaven and Earth at Da Urban Butterflies in Washington Heights. I didn't expect to give an artist talk, but that's what happened! Except, it was not the common artist talk, but a spontaneous conversation I never dared to have in public or even in private... 

It was the beautiful group of people who were present that held me safe to express what my artwork is really about. I heard myself telling all the stories of miraculous happenings in my life and the connections with  the paintings. We had a group of people of all ages, young girls, seniors, fully blossomed women doing good in the world. Young men! That was pretty much a first! And I felt so held in their energy that the stories just flowed and touched. Apparently, it was not just me who felt fully blessed, but I have been receiving messages from the people present, especially in Facebook. Here are some photos shared by Vee, and her message:

"Your honest and beautiful words about your journey and your inspirational moments still resonate in my heart. I pray more people can experience the joy you bring to others when you share your work. Bravo!"

Necklace of the piece Cacibayagua.

Print and mini print in an altar setting by Vee.
Another photo with my cell phone:  with table ready for a workshop on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mary Magdalene Celebration

I am sharing this from my "secret blog" where I write about whatever is in my mind at the time, but since this event is very important to me and I would like to invite you to join us, here it goes, with love, for you:

Mary Magdalene of the Hibiscus, Oil on gessoed board, 12" x 9", 2010.

"Come together believers, non-believers, semi-believers, sometimes believers, and all or none of the above..."

Raquel summarized in her sweet and unique style the essence of our Magdalene journey. She is for us the saint who does not require anything but love. No religion, no rules, no sacrifice. Joy and playfulness and friendship are the guiding principles of our devotion.

And as 2013 began, I announced the celebration that is rapidly approaching. Here is your invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/155967197924788/

It is a little scary, as always, to put together an event. But this event is more than an event, so I enjoy the scary feeling and trust that it will be beautiful and simple and joyful. For now, I have spent the past part of the year letting people know and dreaming it up, a little at a time. And the Magdalene rewards me every day with beautiful letters from people who visit my website and feel healed by the images. So I know I am on the right track, just need to do a little at a time and keep going.

An essential part of any project, big or small, and especially an artistic project, is planning. For now it is more about thinking the plan, and dreaming the parts. Here are some wishes  I have for our celebration, and the concepts that I would like to bring forth:

We want to integrate the idea of a Promesa, or an offering to a saint, a tradition still alive in Puerto Rico, where the person or family that has asked a saint for a miracle and receives it "pays for it" by inviting the neighborhood people to pray, sing and share food. At the beginning of our journey with the Magdalene, we had two of these in Raquel's place. She was the person who offered it, and we joined her in singing her songs and enjoying the meal cooked by her chef brother. We were a small group, but the lucky ones that happened to be there still remember. Or will never forget. It was an intimate and joyous occasion each time, a moment of connection and wholeness.

Now that Raquel lives in New Mexico, we continue to find ways to celebrate the Magdalene, and the ways in which she has helped us find our way. So we decided to make another promesa, this time after the mass at St. Marks, which Reverend Winnie again agreed to have in honor of the Magdalene.

The idea is that we will have a beautiful mass at the very progressive, Episcopal church in the East Village, where you can recite the Creed in She mode. They also invite everyone to participate in the Communion, so no need to go confess your sins before the celebration.

Before you enter the church, I will give you a "souvenir," one of those capias you get in Puerto Rican weddings and baptisms, except you won't have to hide it when you get home because it is going to be a crafted gift from me and my friends who have volunteered to help me make a ton of little Magdalene gifts. I can't tell you what it will be because it will be a surprise and because I have not decided what it is yet!!

During the mass, Raquel will join the choir and my paintings will once again be in the altar. Afterwards, we will have the Promesa, a sung Agape, probably in the back room of the church.

I am inviting friends and anyone who can contribute, to bring a meal to share. I am dreaming of a long table with lots of delicious foods where you can taste heaven on earth, with lots of red things, the color of the Magdalene. And madeleines, too, of course!

Somewhere in the room will be Raquel singing. I think she might need some help, so I'm sure some of her musician friends will join her. The guests will also help! All of us need to join in the singing and we will have a printed sheet with the  songs so everyone can sing along.

I have invited my friend Corazón Tierra to dance to one of the songs that Raquel signs.

I am wishing for someone who would like to take care of photography, and for someone else who could use a computer with an Internet connection to transmit the promesa for those Magdalene lovers who live far away and cannot make it. That really would be a dream come true!!

I hope you too can join us, and if you can and want, bring a dish to share during the promesa. For now we have come up with torta dominicana, bacalao guisao, madeleines, cheese and fruit and coffee and tea. They don't match so far, so feel free to get inspired!

And my dad is coming, which means one of my wishes is realizing!!

I am looking forward to July 21, 11:00 a.m., St. Marks in the Bowery, to celebrate the Magdalene, friendship, love and joy, and everything that's good in life!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

How to Make a Book-Miniature Book Tutorial by Tanya Torres

Here is a tutorial for making a miniature book (or any size book!) in preparation for June 29, when I will be teaching a more advanced technique at La Casa Azul Bookstore in the Coptic Binding Bookmaking Workshop. I prepared this with much love for everyone who wants to create something unique and special, and for my workshop students who need a refresher! I hope you enjoy it!

Get your manuscript ready and I will guide you, step by step in the creation of a handmade book.

This is one of my miniature books, Destellos de Sofía.

• your manuscript
• mat board
• decorative paper
• text paper
• paper cutter or mat knife and ruler
• awl
• bone folder
• a piece of corrugated cardboard attached to a piece of matboard
• needle
• thread (button thread works great)
• ruler
• headband
• thin ribbon
• acid free pva glue
• a small piece of cotton cloth or thin paper
• template

Template: Click on this image to enlarge and print on an 8.5" x 11" paper.

Design the pages: I placed 4 pages on one 8.5 x 11 paper. Horizontally, they go: 2-3, 4-1 on the top row.
I do the layout in Photoshop (you can use any program that has text boxes, including MS Word). I then print the same document on both sides of the paper. For each paper I print, I get 8 little pages, 2 of each. (Each row gives me 2 of the same page.) I used Epson matte double-sided paper on the highest quality of my Epson printer for this book in order to make sure that all the details of the little drawings were visible, even though they are greatly reduced from the original size.

Cut the pages

If you use use a regular 8.5 x 11" paper, then you don't have to cut, just fold in half. Since my book is 1/8 of the paper, I cut the paper in half until I get the individual pages.

These are the pages for each book. I design the book so that, with the first cut, I can have all the pages for one book together. That way I save time and effort later.

This is the process for cutting the pages:

Put both ends together, and press on the fold.

Do that on both ends.

Place on paper cutter or place your ruler, guiding yourself by the pressed points.


Don't worry about the edges. They look better a little rustic!

Next step: Punching holes and organizing the pages

Here you see, from left to right, a bone folder, an awl, a template and a set of pages for my book.

Create a template for punching holes on your pages by perforating 4 holes on a spare page of the same size as your book pages. Fold the page in half downward and use the awl to punch two holes on the middle fold. This will give you 4 even holes. Or you can use a ruler and measure the placement of the 4 holes.

Fold each page in half and reopen it. Folding the pages before punching them makes it easier to perforate them.

Use the template to perforate a few pages at a time. Place them on a piece of corrugated cardboard backed by a regular piece of mat board. This will help you punch the holes with less effort.

Fold each page in half again and order them, side by side.You can use the bone folder to press on the fold and make it tighter. This will help the book stay closed.

How to poke holes on our pages.
Here is a little video to help you:

Sew the book
Next, after we perforate all the pages, we place them in order, side by side, like this:

Now, we will sew the pages:

Thread a needle with a strong thread long enough to sew all the pages.

Next, hold the first page and insert the needle through the first hole.

Think about what is logical to do now. This is important to realize because it will make your sewing easier. It would be logical for the needle to come out through the next hole. Do it!

Leave some thread hanging out of the first hole. We will tie it when we finish.

Next, make the needle go in and out of the next set of holes on the page.

The first page is ready! Now we do the same for all the other pages.

Insert the needle through the hole that is right next to where it came out from. Always do what is logical and easier. The pages of the book will tell you what to do. Repeat for each page.

Two pages will look like this.

Inside, the stitches should look like this.

Here you can see all the pages are attached to each other, except for the last one.

Use the needle to gather and tie all the center stitches. Tie the loose end from the first page as well. It does not matter how it looks. We will hide this part of the book and nobody will be able to tell how good your stitching is!

Pour some glue all over the spine of the book.

Spread it, but make sure it is a thick layer.

Place a piece of cotton cloth over the glue to bind it and hide the stitches.

Measure two pieces of headband to place on both ends of the spine.

Cut a piece of ribbon for a bookmark and glue it to the spine. Then glue both pieces of headband.

The inside of your book is ready!

Homework: Let it dry. Cut two pieces of decorative paper the same size as the book pages.

Your beautiful book is almost ready! Next and last, how to make the book cover and finish the book.

Make the book cover
You'll need the cover paper, mat board, a picture that is smaller than the cover, scissors, mat knife, ruler, bone folder, awl, acid free glue, inexpensive paper for a template, and decorative paper for the end pages.

I chose to make the cover of my book like a little frame to hold one of the drawings that accompanies a poem in the book. These are my first tries at the final design of the cover, one of them was finally right!

I first made a template with the measure of the paper and the picture, so I could cut out the rectangle. I designed it in Photoshop, and used the picture to cut it at exactly the size I needed for the cover. You can see the edge of the drawing around the opening. I cut out the picture but left a thin edge so the decorative paper will completely cover the edges of the picture.

The template also helps me align the cover paper and the boards that will form the hard cover.

Place the template on the cover paper.

Use a ruler to score/cut out the rectangular opening.

Here is the scored rectangle. You may want to cut, but I only half cut because I am looking for a rugged edge. Decide what you want at the time you are designing the cover of the book.

Scrape with an awl to complete the cut.

With a bone folder, I smoothed and pushed out the edge of the paper. This paper is Somerset Velvet, which is very thick. It is, in fact, almost too thick for this project. Try to choose a paper that is cover weight at the most, and the process will be easier.

Cut out the front cover illustration.

Now you have finished two important parts of the cover.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the mat board the size of your cover. Notice I placed a piece of transparent tape to guide me. How do you measure the size of the pieces of the cover? Take one folded page of the book. Align the fold with the edge of the mat board. Measure about 3 millimeters above each of the remaining 3 edges of the mat board. The mat board will be slightly bigger on only 3 sides. The remaining side, which will go with the spine, will align with the pages of the book.

Cut the first piece. You will need 2. Here I measured mat board to fit two covers and one spine, as you will see in the pictures below.

Measure the spine to be the same size as the spine of your bound pages. Cut.

This is the spine. The remaining cardboard is the back cover.

My remaining cardboard is a little bigger than the size I need. Cut the extra material to make the back cover the same size as the front cover. You can recycle the extra pieces to help you spread glue.

Glue the picture onto the one of the boards.

Place the board under the opening of the cover paper and align it.

Glue the cover paper to the front cover.

Use the placement of the first board to align the spine and the back cover. Notice the spaces between the pieces. If you do not leave space, your book will not close properly. How much space you need depends on the thickness of your cover paper and bound pages, so you might need to experiment and waste some supplies. It's inevitable, but it is also worth it.

All pieces are glued.

Cut the corners leaving a small edge.

Use the bone folder to press the cover paper on the edge of the covers, top and bottom.

Fold the top and the bottom edges.

Glue the edges. I use wax paper to prevent the glue from sticking to my fingers.

Both the top and the bottom are glued.

Before gluing the sides, fold the corners. This will give your book corners a nice finish.

All four corners are folded in.

Use the bone folder to press the remaining sides.


Use the bone folder to press where the book will fold.

The cover is done!

Now, glue the end pages to the last pages of the book. (Cutting these was your homework in the previous tutorial!)

Fold the end pages. Insert in the book cover, all the way to the spine. Glue the end pages to the cover.

This is the end page glued to the cover.

Now close your book, and enjoy it!

Find Materials for my tutorials in Blick U by looking up Tanya Torres Art Studio in the "Registries and Lists" menu. The materials for this workshop appear under the title "Bookmaking Tutorial."

If you want to learn to make a book in person, sing up for the Coptic Biding Bookmaking Workshop at La Casa Azul Bookstore on June 29.

www.DickBlick.com - Online Art Supplies

Find a list of materials here: http://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/RAPTGTO5HQF4A/items/