Handmade Books, Book Binding and Repair
By Annie St. Francis
We find meaning in books, and the stories told within their pages. Creating the book structures that will cradle those pages, and the heartfelt inclusions we place within them makes our books even more personally meaningful. Cover and bind a personal journal, preserve a collection of favorite photos, record historical events or the stories of your family tree, write beautiful poetry, narrative prose, or tell fantastic tales of travel.
The book made by your hands is the perfect repository (fun pun intended) for any of these ideas, and there are many more. Choose the materials, color palette and design for your cover. Add ephemera. Wrap each signature collection of pages with a special paper that adds color and texture to the binding design. Add in pocket pages, or pages with fold-outs. Decide on a binding stitch and style. Will your book be enclosed with a bow or a latch?
Enjoy the books included in the selections below, engage the imagination and the possibilities, and have fun learning to create your very own handmade books!
By Beth Cote
Full of fabulous project ideas, this must-have continuation of Altered Books 101 goes beyond the basics and puts you on a creative path to absorb, learn and experiment. Professional artist Beth Cote assembled a talented design team and invited them to contribute their own personal imaginative visions and creative pathways to altered art. This advanced book skips the beginning techniques and goes straight to the basics of paper engineering. You will learn advanced techniques such as how to make pop-ups, parallel folds, fiber tents, stacked windows, pull tabs, suspended images, spinners, stucco doors, crackled covers, clever cages, computer art, membrane transfers, tape transfers, tissue paper castings, cemented backgrounds and many others. Get mini lessons on how to use craft store materials such as molding paste, walnut ink, oil pastels, gesso, fluid acrylics and Pinata Inks, plus how to install eyelets, rivets, nailheads and grommets. See how to work with metals, ribbons, chiffon, vintage beadwork, rubber stamp images and machine stitching. And that’s not all. Learn the secrets to collage… finding the materials, where to start, how to alter collage materials and how to make your own backgrounds.
By Alisa Golden
In the digital world, books may seem like an endangered species, but bookmaking is more popular than ever. Thanks to the 100 ideas in this volume, the craft is now available to everyone. In as little as an afternoon, beginners will be on their way to folding, gluing, and sewing handmade books in a variety of shapes and styles, from rolled scrolls to Jacobs ladders, folded flexagons to case bindings. Complete with photographs of the authors own master books and statements by more than 40 established book artists, this collection is sure to inspire. Culled from the authors best-selling books Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books, these projects will fuel bookbinding adventures for years to come.
Handmade Books: Artful Techniques, Tips, Templates and Book Making Projects for Adorable Handmade Books
By Gabbie Golds
Handmade Books Artful Techniques, Tips, Templates and Book Making Projects for Adorable Handmade BooksAre You Ready To Learn ALL About Handmade Bookmaking? If So You’ve Come To The Right Place…No experience with Bookmaking? No worries This book is suited to the absolute beginner that’s looking to get started with bookmaking, whether this be for your own enjoyment and a sense of self-accomplishment or perhaps even to earn some money on the side… the choice is yours Here’s A Preview Of What This Book Contains… • The Anatomy of a Book Explained • The Essential Elements of a Handmade Book • Basic Tools For Bookmakers • Materials, Paper Sheets, and Pages …and much more!
By Laurie Goodson and Betsy McLoughlin
Altered Books are an exciting art form that you are sure to enjoy. There are many ways to embellish books and pages with an infinite variety of materials to enhance your designs. Altered Book – Special Effects gives ideas for folds, colors, windows, doors, tags, collages and more. Jump right in to create your own journal… you will love every great idea in this book.
By Shereen Laplantz
This innovative approach to bookbinding demonstrates an array of creative techniques that elevate handmade books into extraordinary works of art. Easy-to-follow, well-illustrated directions for more than 25 patterns explain how to make seven different kinds of books with pop-up panels and pages that “explode” from the spine as well as slipcases, tassels, and other distinctive features. The guide begins with instructions for a simple accordion-fold book. Successive projects build on methods readers have already mastered and introduce new skills, including the pamphlet stitch, ideal for photo albums and scrapbooks; tacket binding, the versatile stitch of medieval Europe; and the Coptic stitch, employed by Christians of ancient Egypt. A full-color photo gallery, with contributions from more than 60 artists, offers further inspiration for enhancing and personalizing projects by using alphabets, bestiaries, botanical illustrations, and other designs. The author includes a glossary of terms as well as information on materials and tools.
By Suzanne McNeill
Have fun transforming old books into beautiful gifts, scrapbooks and accents by cutting, gluing, painting, and shaping. Decorating shaped books has taken altered book creativity to a whole new level. Creative possibilities for great new book shapes and dimensions are endless with Altered Shapes. Secret compartments, windows, pockets attachments, hinges and doors offer limitless opportunities to explore new techniques, turning old books into works of art with new meaning. You will love all the shapes in this book over 40 shapes to get you started Then add a few of your own. These interesting shapes provide a springboard for jumping in and creating themed art. Whether you purchase a pre-cut book or cut your own, this new style of altered book will provide creative inspiration.
By Sharon McQueen, Ellen Latorraca and Richard Douglas Wambold
In-House Bookbinding and Repair is a working document that contains information on setting up both a basic bookbindery and repair lab (i.e. the design, equipment, tools, and supplies needed) and instructions on rebinding and repairing cloth-bound books. Highly illustrated to greater enhance its usefulness, this manual also covers various aspects of book repair and conservation, and contains appendixes on manufacturers and suppliers of materials and products discussed in the text, an extensive Glossary of terms, a separate section on World Wide Web Resources, and a helpful bibliography. This manual will prove valuable to libraries of all sizes and locations. Library managers and administrators will find it a worthwhile resource as they contemplate the utility of an in-house lab. Library staff charged with various aspects of bookbinding and book repair will find the manual to be a practical reference tool. The volume is also designed to be used as a primer for related courses in Library and Information Science Studies programs and may be of interest to individuals interested in private practice.
By Charlotte Rivers and Esther K. Smith
Making books by hand has never been cooler, with this inspiring guide to 30 top bookmakers working today, plus 21 tutorials for essential techniques to make your own books. Crafters, artists, writers, and book lovers can’t resist a beautifully handbound book. Packed with wonderfully eclectic examples, this book explores the intriguing creative possibilities of bookmaking as a modern art form, including a wide range of bindings, materials, and embellishments. Featured techniques include everything from Coptic to concertina binding, as well as experimental page treatments such as sumi-e ink marbling and wheat paste. In addition to page after page of inspiration from leading contemporary binderies, Little Book of Bookmaking includes a practical section of 21 easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials.
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A Thoughtful Quote to Share…
“In a world where news of inhumanity bombards our sensibilities, where grasping for things goes so far beyond our needs, where time is squandered in busyness, it is a pleasure and a privilege to pause for a look at handiwork, to see beauty amidst utility, and to know that craft traditions begun so long ago serve us today.” ― John Wilson