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The binding of Dogs of War by Marenne The binding of Dogs of War by Marenne
Please note that this is not a tutorial. But feel free to ask me anything and everything about the process shown above, or about bookbinding in general.

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On the 1st of april I read a wonderful story here on dA, named Dogs of War, written by Muzica-chan. At that time, I'd been waiting to bind a book with more than one edition for some time. I asked her if she would mind if I bound her story. She was very enthusiastic about the idea, and so it began. We emailed a lot to sync our ideas. I did the layout, the line-art and the binding of the book. The art on the paper cover was made by DanceOnMines. We're from America, Holland and Singapore, so this is truly a multi-continent project! :D Soon, the books are going to travel a long way to Muzica's home!

I really enjoyed making these books, and working together with Muzi! I hope she loves the outcome as much as I do! I'd like to do more of these projects, so if you are an artist and want a limited edition book of your work (prose, poetry, drawings, paintings, etc!) please contact me, and we'll see if we can work something out!

www.boekbindboetiek.nl
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RedNinjaWolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
How were you able to print the contents of the book. Did you use a certain program or just plain old Microsoft word. I've be wanting to take some of my favorite fan-fictions and actually make them into books. But I can't find a way to make printing them out any easier than going from word document to word document, copying and pasting small chunks of the story so when it's bound the story's in order. Any helpful advise? 

+Sorry is my question is a bit confusing, I couldn't really find the words to use.
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you're on a mac you can use a program called print booklet, you can use it on the print dialog of microsoft word. It makes your document into a pdf where when folded, the pages will be in the correct order. If you have many pages you can then make booklets of page 1-32, 33-64, etc. (8 paper signatures) or 1-24, 25-48, etc (6 paper signatures) or...
I don't know if there's a similar program for windows, but there must be ;)
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RedNinjaWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Thanks for the help!!
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's really impressive!
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Marenne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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MaureenEileen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
This looks really awesome! Both the book, the cover and the story seems completely professional!! :heart: 
Wish I knew how to bind books this good :D
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Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D
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Avrodite Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Adorable. I read what stood on the back of the book. I'd buy it.
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Marenne Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay :D Go tell Muzi, she took it down for some reason! :(
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Avrodite Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Maybe it'll convince her to write on when you show her how many people would read it :D
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findthehiddenmeaning Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was reading through the comments, and noticing it wasn't asked, I will. I'm curious, but how did you go about with the making of the book jacket? Did you make that yourself as well, or where did you order it from?
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The image on the book jacket was created by !DanceOnMines, I designed the jacket in consultation with Muzica and had it professionally printed (several pieces on one a1 sized sheet op paper, if I remember correctly) with a large format printer. Does that answer your question? :)
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findthehiddenmeaning Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it does. :) Thank you very much, and your work, all of you guys, looks fantastic.
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I really appreciate all the faves! So happy you like my work! :D
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findthehiddenmeaning Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I very much do. If I were to be even half as good as you, I would be a very happy person. Haha. Hopefully somewhere down the line. :)
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What are your specialties?
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findthehiddenmeaning Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple things as of now. I use coptic stitching for my sketchbooks because I like the way it lays. Though, I'm thinking that once I fill up this one, I'll rebind it some other way for durability so as to be able to look at it always. Not sure how. I've been using french link and japanese stab bindings for the one's I make for my friends. I really want to learn more varied things though.
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Marenne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can look around the internet for tutorials. Also on youtube. There are some really good ones. There are also very good books for learning different bindings. It's really fun! :D If you have any questions you can always ask me! :)
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RoninAway Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome!! :D
Do you mind if I ask how many pages you used in each signature? :meow:
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
If I remember correctly... 4 of 7 folded pages and 1 of 6 folded pages.
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RoninAway Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D You've inspired me to start binding books, it looks like a lot of fun! 8D
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, i hope you do, it is indeed a lot of fun! :)
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RoninAway Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It sure is! :happybounce:
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Often I have asked my self how this is done :D
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is just one of many ways...
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for showing this here :D
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dawdude Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats amazing! That's really awesome that you bound the books yourself. Really special :3
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gee, I wanna learn how to do that at home..
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can, now that I have my own stack cutter and press.
But you can make a press out of anything heavy and you can decide not to trim the books.
If you find the materials and have the skill, you can do it at home!
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
What if I only want soft bound book binding? Do you do that too?
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's called lumbecken in Dutch. They eliminate the need for folding and sewing but you'd definitely need to stack-cut at least the spine, otherwise the glue won't stick.
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gee, I want to learn how to do that in my self-published comics. Is there a site you would recommend? And by the way thanks for the reply..
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This video is pretty good for printing and binding comicbooks without equipment, I think: [link]
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh hey! Thanks a lot!
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LikeFireNeedsAir Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is just tooo cool!!!
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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esferograffico Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wooooooooooooow what perfect work!!
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :)
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xia0ting Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
wow! i thoroughly enjoyed looking/reading your process! the end result was amazing!
may i ask how long this project took? i love your handmade machines too! you are a really talented person :heart:
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much.
I think the binding itself took 2 days, including the pressing and drying. I did some of it at home and the rest in a studio about 2 hours away from my home, so travel not included :P. And we did the design and lay-out too, and that took about a day, messaging back and forth.
Aww, thank you very much! :D
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xia0ting Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
incredible! it was really worth it in the end! :nod:
i admire your patience~ & you're very welcome! :hug:
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Marenne Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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balletdance Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
oh my! That seems like so much work! But maybe one day I will try it!
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Marenne Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is, but keep in mind, these were 12 books!
I hope that if you do, you'll enjoy it as much as I do! :)
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balletdance Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
:D
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure you've heard this before, but I never realized how much work went into bookbinding. Fantastic work! I'm sure looking at the finished product made all the work worth it ^.^
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Marenne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes I have! And I guess that's why men made machines to do the work for them. But I got a weakness for uniqueness :P
Thanks! :) It is!
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't blame you, I love uniqueness and one of a kind things. Plus, there's a sense of pride knowing you can make something that looks as efficient as a machine ;) Even though they do it faster, it's what they are made to do. If you can duplicate or improve on it... that's amazing. You're welcome!
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