As I was thinking of the prompt of “journey” for today my mind was on completing the final steps of our illustrated cookbook to prepare it for final publication. Trying to pull together a book, even one like this little 40 page tome, involves quite a lot more steps than either Philippe or I initially realized. From the initial layout design, which Philippe created, to getting all of my watercolor sketches at the right resolution for printing. The content was the fun part to create, but editing made my eyes cross in the end, and one just hopes there aren’t any major errors left when hitting the publish button. (It’s all new rambles, nothing copy and pasted from the blog by the way). On my blog, I can see a silly error months later and correct it. A book is far more permanent. But I’m happy to report that we have the first versions of our book complete and ready to purchase! So we didn’t disappoint our mothers after all. That said, this round is a higher-end edition, and we’ll be making another version available as well soon.
We chose Blurb for the printing as they have very handy software tools for the book creation that saved us a ton of time. The entire process was really seamless going from their software to a live book. These are the admittedly premium editions, including the awesome hardback version we created for our mothers. It turned out so cool! Our selection of a square format and premium paper to realize, our artistic vision, however, made the costs higher than we would have liked. So I’ve listed this version as the Premium Edition, and don’t worry, they’ll be a softcover mass market version available shortly on Amazon and other places for under 20 bucks. That version isn’t a square like this one, but a traditional 6×9″ paperback on standard paper. It will still be lovely, but not quite as awesome as these.
So, this first edition is definitely more the art piece we intended and I’m thrilled that it’s finally complete. Although our mothers would agree it’s worth every penny, this might be a little much for those not related to us, so we wanted to be sure to quickly follow-up with a value edition as well. I’ll update this post when the link is available to that one and you can also keep checking the side bar on this site if you’re interested. But yeah, nothing beats the hardcover version!
Our friend is coming over for dinner in just a few minutes now and I still have to paint something. I did this post in reverse order as I was excited to tell you about the book. Now I have less than 15 minutes to add an image and post, so wish me luck! Though it took lots of time and lots of love, I’ll always remember the fun and exciting journey of actually making an illustrated cookbook!
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Leaf Green, Red Rose Deep, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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