Tips for Using Kraft-tex in Handmade Books
Kraft-tex is one of my favorite materials to use for covers in handmade books. It is a paper fabric that is strong, flexible and a great alternative to leather.
- Kraft-tex is available in sheets, rolls and bolts from Amazon or directly from the manufacturer, C&T Publishing.
- It comes in two formats – a smooth, unwashed version and a textured, pre-washed version.
- The pre-washed fabric comes in 13 hand-dyed colors that are colorfast.
- There are also 5 vintage/neutral colors – black, chocolate, natural, stone or white in both the pre-washed or unwashed versions.
- Kraft-tex has a front and back side. The front is smoother than the back, and this is more pronounced in the unwashed variety.
Working with Kraft-tex
- Importantly for bookbinding, Kraft-tex has a grain, which is especially pronounced in the unwashed variety.
- It is robust enough to stitch by hand or using a machine.
- Attach paper to Kraft-tex using PVA glue, gel and matte medium.
- When purchasing the pre-washed Kraft-tex, it will be need to be squared up before creating book covers.
- Kraft-tex scores well to create a book spine.
- It doesn’t fray or tear and accepts wet medium well (see below).
Mediums that Work on Kraft-tex
Here are a few of the mediums that work on Kraft-tex. For more ideas, watch the video below or to see viewer comments, watch the video on Facebook.
- Watercolor paints
- Acrylic paints and paint markers
- Permanent inks
- Watercolor and regular colored pencils
- Gelatos, gel pens, Sharpies
If you’re looking for more handmade books to make with Kraft-tex, why not try this Triple Chain book tutorial?