‘Art and Words from the Heart’ - a collection of images accompanied by short verses or poems of inspiration by Mui-Ling Teh

As some may remember, I created a book on Blurb, upon a promotion they had, composed of my images and writings – I collected a sample of of my images and overlaid them with my own verses and poetry. You can read more about my book here.

As some have noticed from my recent uploads on the Buyer’s Booth, that book has arrived recently, and now I would like to share some images of my book as well my thoughts on it.

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I chose to create a hardcover book with the dust jacket, and this was the first thing I saw when I opened the package:

Front cover features my Wish:

Bear note that because the dust jacket surface is shiny it was not very easy to get a good photo of the cover without distracting reflections. I can honestly say though that the cover looks amazing – the most (aesthetically) beautiful part of the book in fact, so it was very appealing to see that first as I opened the package.

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Back cover featuring my Spirit of the Wind:

At Blurb, soft covers and dust jackets have a glossy finish, while hard covers with ImageWrap (most expensive cover type) have a matte finish. Don’t know how that looks like but appearance wise, I think the glossy dust cover looks great. The dust cover on my book is however a bit taller than the book itself – meaning the edge maybe susceptible to damage if carried around in a bag frequently (although you can just remove the jacket if you’re going to be constantly transporting it around – probably best to do anyways regardless of the height of the dust jacket), but for presentation sake, decoration or personal keepsake, whether to stand it on a shelf at home or in the office, I think it serves very well.

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But of course it is not only about what is on the outside; now for a glimpse of the soul on the inside:

Got to love the colours of autumn… It may not look so great from here, but this page actually looks really good (I should also note that when I upload these pictures to Facebook, the text looks fuzzier as the image gets smaller.

My Splitting Season actually came out very well compared to some of the other images in my book. But that does not necessarily mean that it will always be that way on every printer. For example, I did a comparison of my ‘Wish’ on the cover, the inside page, and on a Redbubble card:

It isn’t obvious here, but quality of the card from RB is better than the way ‘Wish’ printed inside the book. But as the pages in the book are standard paper, which was the cheapest option, I can’t expect too much; it still does the job good enough, and the cover is slick.

At the same time we all know that no image would print the exact same way twice anyways… But as I said, the pages are the soul of the book; it is not about how pretty the paper is, but the way people feel when they see the content on the paper.

This was just for fun… birds on the card linking with the ones in the book and flying together…

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Creating this book was very time consuming; both in the decision making and the making of the book itself – at least in my case the making was also time consuming as I had to modify a lot of my images to work well with the square format, along with the text I was going to incorporate. Also, as the deadline was tight, it would’ve needed good concentration and commitment (the promotion also just so happened to come at a bit of a busy time for me!). It was an interesting experience, but I doubt I’ll be making a new book again in a long while, unless something comes by or a keen interest is shown.

Initially as the promotion came out, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it; deciding what images to use takes time, and then putting the book together takes up extra time – especially for those who have never used Blurb’s software. As such I opted to create a PDF myself to upload to Blurb. Consequently, in doing so, I’ve realized, I cannot sell my book on other cover types without uploading a new book entirely – not that I’m expecting to sell there, but since I’ve made the book already, I thought why not. If I do make a sale on my book, I hope the buyer will at least get as much out of it as I have put into it.

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In the meantime, you can always explore my musings/pieces of my mind here

Wish you all a beautiful weekend.

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