Leila and the Second Skin
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How this book is made:
The content of the book is created digitally. The illustrations are drawn on an iPad, the words are scooped from my brain, and the layout is designed in OpenOffice, a freeware desktop publishing suite. Then, the digital document is transferred to paper.
The printing is done in ink-jet, thanks to the advice of Cassie Scruggs-Jordan, a Memphis printmaker.
Through her, I found out how beautifully the ink soaks into textured paper.
After printing each book, I protect the pages with fixative and cut and fold them into signatures.
Every book contains a bunch of little books inside it (signatures) - - this one has nine.
To complement the open spine and protect the outside of the book, I pad the front and back covers with extra sheets of paper.
The final touch for the front is a "second skin" - - a collage and made from layers of delicate paper.