Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Clever, Cunning, Cute, Cagey, Canny, Crafty Codex

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our EIGHTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter. is, "C"

C is for codex. Codex is the book form as we know it today. Ages and ages ago, the written word was done on scrolls. Somewhere along the way, the Romans came up with an adaptation to the wooden tablets, and over the course of a few centuries, the scroll was replaced by the codex. I've linked the word to Wikipedia so that you can get the more detailed history of the codex.

These are some books that I've made recently. Mixed media. About 4" x 3".  I've taken a few bookmaking classes in the past and I'm never any good at them because they get a bit complicated with a lot of cutting and measuring and requiring far more exactitude than I can ever provide. But these little sweeties, I love to do. They don't seem to require as much exactitude as other books do and they are totally addicting to make! My dear friend, Leighanna taught me how and I really love making them. She'll be teaching classes on how to make these at various art venues across the country, so check out her teaching schedule. Her boy friend, Tom Ashman makes another kind of book called a glass journal which is stunning. You can learn how to make the glass journal in one of his workshops. I need to learn how to make that one someday soon.

Angel Codex View 1 

Angel Codex View 2

Angel Codex View 3

Hippie Codex View 1

Hippie Codex View 2

Hippie Codex View 3

These are all various forms of what is known as the codex. You can view more of these hand made codexes here and here.


Sylvia K said...

What a fun and interesting post for the C Day, Paula! You always come up with some great ones for whatever day! Hope you're enjoying a great week!

ABC Team

Berowne said...

Very interesting post.

Richard Lawry said...

I have done a lot of studying about Bible translating. The oldest manuscripts are referred to as codex.

An Arkies Musings

Eryl said...

These are rather fab. Someone, very kind and very patient, once tried to teach me how to make books: it wasn't him it was me, exactitude is right!

Annie Jeffries said...

Beautiful. I haven't paid attention to handmade books for a while. This is a lovely reintroduction.

Kay L. Davies said...

Yours look delightful, Paula.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sara Katt said...

Meow Paula!
'Codex' is an excellent choice for C! Interesting boks/codexes that you have made.
Sara Cat
Sara Cat's ABCWedrd-8-C as in Cheshire Cat

photowannabe said...

Now I've learned something new again. Love your angel codex. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

Tumblewords: said...

My gosh! These look like so much fun to make and even more fun to hold. I'll head over to the link. Thanks!

Wanda said...

Well this was a brand new thing for me. Never knew what a codex was!!! Nice pictures.

Roger Owen Green said...


rog, abcw team

Mona said...

i love the last photo, pretty. Have time to visit my C entry, thanks.

Cheryl said...

These are sweet. Nice designs and great materials.

ABC Team

Carver said...

Very creative and cool combination of shots and words for C.

Hildred said...

Very interesting, - I would love to know how to do this. I am going to go back and research some of your links.

Leslie: said...

That is absolutely fascinating! I wish I could take a course, Paula. I don't like doing "crafts," but this is captivating!


Unknown said...

Oh, I love it!
Codex, what a great C word!
And your crafty creations are incredible.

RuneE said...

That must be a very interesting hobby - the last one not the least :-)

EG CameraGirl said...

I really like these. You are incredibly clever!


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