Because I love my books, I also like to lend them to my friends, so they can love them too. The problem is that sometimes books don't get returned. Then, they sit in your friend's house for so long, they begin to think it's theirs. This hasn't ever happened, but it's a constant fear.
To alleviate this fear, I sometimes put bookplates in my most loved books. By most loved, I mean books I won't be selling to the second hand book store--books that I know I will have for the rest of my life--like Les Miserables, or The Count of Monte Cristo.
Recently, I pulled out my linoleum carving supplies, and started working a 2"x3" block I bought specifically for the purpose of making bookplates.
I started with a sketch.
Then, transferred it to my block. If I made mistakes, I just used a plain old eraser stick. Any eraser will do.
Then, I carved the excess linoleum away. If you accidentally cut something that should not have been cut, don't panic or swear under your breath. Just try to glue it back with Elmer's Glue and leave it to dry for a couple hours. I accidentally cut off one of the dots on top of the "i", but glue did the trick.
Finally, print them! I used 70 GSM Kozo paper, and deckled the edges myself. I think next time, I might use card stock though.
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