How To Project: How to live

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live

How to project – how to live. Create a banner, a physical reminder of words to live by.

Drawing on the insights from Josh Cohen’s blend of psychoanalysis and literary criticism (in this month’s book review), make a visual prompt of key words to hang where you’ll see them daily.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: You'll need

You’ll need:

  • Paper from your ephemera collection – I’ve chosen some pages from The Illustrated Family Doctor
  • Something to write with – a pencil or pen
  • Something to colour with – ink, paint, crayon…
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue stick
  • Spare paper for notes

Step by step:

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Five words to remember

On spare paper, write down today’s five words to live by – no need to get caught up in philosophising – jot the first things that come to mind. I’ve chosen ‘listen’, ‘celebrate’, ‘dream’, ‘create’ and ‘sleep’.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Write words on ephemera

Write each word on your chosen ephemera, leaving plenty of space above and below.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Oval around word

With your colour, frame each word in an oval….

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Paint round word

…and colour in the background.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Cut out rectangles

Cut a rectangle that extends above the word – this will leave enough to fold over to become the reinforcing back of each pennant. I used scissors, but you may want to measure and use a template, so that they are all the same size.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Arrange in order

Arrange your five word pennants in a line, in the order you’d like them to read.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Cut length of string

Cut a length of string, with extra on each end for loops.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Gluing together

Guestimate where the middle of the string is, and lay your central pennant underneath it. Glue the lower section and bring the top part down on top, sandwiching the string in the crease.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Ready to hang

Continue until all your words are arrayed along the string.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: How to live: Finished banner hung up

Then hang in a prominent place for a regular nudge towards equilibrium.

Please share your creations! #howtolivebanner @thetravellingbookbinder on Instagram, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Live well!

4 thoughts on “How To Project: How to live

  1. I love your work and am so happy to have been introduced to you and your practice through Sketchbook Revival.
    One thing I particularly like is the way you set out instructions in such a clear visual way – it really helps.

    1. Dear Bridget, That’s so good to hear – delighted to meet you through Sketchbook Revival!

  2. It was nice to meet you on Sketchbook Revival, as I have bought “Bound” two years ago and am delighted not only by the projects but also by the beautiful photos and layout-design.
    Thank you for being there!

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