Here are the covers laid out:
And here are the covers balanced in their eventual closed position:
The pages are so thick and sturdy (the better to paint them by) that the signatures pushed the center papers out. I decided to cut them even.
Next will come the part where I get the covers bound to each other and after that I will sew the signatures onto the back spine piece in the pretty pattern of the book that I am copying.
Now I have no fabric here at the Studio, and there is nothing quite as strong as fabric for a binding that will open and shut often. Hmm. Be patient and bring some in tomorrow? Or scrounge around here and see what I can find?
The mystery awaits a solution...
Stay tuned again.