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Please visit my blog for the latest news on my books, marbling and life.

Welcome to Losing Her Marbles & Granan’s Books.

I love making books  and that has lead into learning other related activities, marbling paper, making boxes and other paper crafts.  This site is divided into sections devoted to each of my obsessions.  Please browse around and enjoy.  I sell my books, cards and boxes at my shop, LosingHerMarbles on Etsy.

I started making books over 30 years ago after taking a course at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  Due to family and work responsibilities, it was never more than a casual hobby until I retired.
Now that I am retired, I finally have the time and energy to play. In the pages of this site, I hope to share my passions for books, bookmaking and paper. I hope you will join me and enjoy.

Books, many types and styles:

Some of my hand-marbled papers showing a variety of patterns and colorways.

And more fun stuff — Jacob’s ladders, Treasure Towers, Portfolios & Notepads and some different books!

Here’s a sample of my items that are for sale on Etsy. Clicking on any of the photos will take you to my shop on Etsy.

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11 Responses to Welcome

  1. Grace

    HI Nancy!

    I am interested to know if you are offering marbling classes somewhere in Fingerlakes Region? I am from Cayuga County. I realized u are from same region so I am seeking information when will you will offer workshop? I really want to take it as soon as possible. Please send info. to me via email address.
    Grace

    • Grace,
      So glad you are interested in marbling. It really is a lot of fun. I probably won’t be offering any classes until warmer weather! Maybe in June. This summer is going to be quite hectic for me, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to squeeze in a class.
      My classes are offered through the Arts Center of Yates County and are listed in the workshop section of their website. I’ll also announce any upcoming classes on my blog.
      Thanks for asking,
      Nancy

  2. Susan

    Hello Grace,
    I have been playing with marbling papers using acrylics for a few weeks, having a great time. I would like to make a bouquet comb, and gathered up some supplies (using plastic hair-curler pins and wooden yardsticks). However, I am unsure how close together the pins should be, and how much of an angle between alternating teeth (first row, then second row-this is hard to explain, but the “zig-zag” needs to be measured!) I would like to create a tight bouquet. Started out thinking one inch between the teeth, but is this enough for a tighter design? Suggestions? Thanks!

    • Susan,
      I’m afraid I can’t be much help to you here. I only started playing with a bouquet rake/comb this summer! I bought mine from Galen Berry at MarbleArt. I’m not at home so I can’t measure it for you, sorry. From the little I’ve used it, I think the tightness of the pattern before using the bouquet rake is crucial. I did a short blog on it, but I’m really not an expert or even very experienced with it. I hope to have time to change that this winter!
      Nancy

  3. Susan

    oops- sorry, I called you “Grace”–I meant NANCY!

  4. Sean

    Thanks for such a great blog. Can I ask, what paper do you find works best for endpapers for your books. You mention Textoprint does not paste down well. Thanks!

    • Sean,
      Thanks for your comments. Always like to hear from people reading my scribbling.
      I really like using a drawing weight paper for my endpapers. It’s slightly heavier than a lot of people use, but since I also use it for my textblocks, it makes a good match. I also find that it marbles well, rarely tears and I can control it easily. This is important for me as I find that I’m getting a bit more fumble-fingered as I get older, sad to say. I use a lot of Strathmore Drawing 80 lb/ 130gsm (brown cover) or 70 lb./115gsm (yellow cover). I also have Canson Drawing (70lb./ 115gsm.) which has a bit smoother surface. It depends on whether I’m going for a textured, hand-torn look or am looking for something smooth and elegant. Even when I’m using printed endpapers, I prefer the slightly heavier ones. The thinner the paper, the more it curls or flops and is generally harder to handle. I also love working with Chiyogami, but it’s a bit expensive and unorthodox for endpapers.
      Try everything and see what works best for you. If you are not sure about a paper, do a test run with a small piece and a scrap of binders’ board. As you probably know, it’s really hard to fix a paper that hasn’t pasted down well.
      Best of luck and feel free to ask anything else.
      Nancy

  5. Terry Walker

    How I wish I had seen your site earlier! I am an archivist who started marbling in order to create end papers and papers for custom enclosures. Often I feel as if I am working in a vacuum. Your blog postings are very helpful. Your work is inspiring.
    Terry

    • Terry,
      Thanks for the compliment. I am also an archivist, retired now. The preservation boxes I made for my archives/library were so boring because I didn’t use anything with dyes, plain linen cloth with neutral papers. When I started making books and boxes for fun, I went wild with color! I began marbling because I was frustrated by the small choice of printed marbled papers to make endpapers. I wanted a more diverse range of colors and patterns for my blank books and I couldn’t afford the hand marbled papers that were available. Recently I’ve been working with a bookbinder who specializes in Medieval bindings, but I still use my papers even though they are anachronistic for that period.
      I’ve been very lazy the past year about blogging. Your comment may inspire me to write about a class I took before Thanksgiving. Hope I can make time to do it.
      Thanks again for your positive reinforcement.
      Nancy

  6. Just decided to add marbling to my skill set and I think your great blog & general info will be a great help to some of the more curious problems I’m running into. Yay & thank you

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