Arte Es Vida


Resources on Bookbinding and Journal Making by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Bookmaking, Journaling

Finding the perfect journal to write in can be a frustrating experience. Any place where you put down your deepest, most intimate thoughts has to be just right! Making your own journals can sometimes be the best way to do this, plus a wonderful source of extra income if you want to make extras to sell!

Books On Bookmaking:

Creating Artists Books By Sarah Bodman is a wonderful resource from the printmaking series published by Watson-Guphill. The author is a practicing book artist who has curated numerous exhibitions on artists books, so she shares a wealth of information about not only the process of making the books but also how you can display, market, and exhibit your books should you choose to so. (The resource guide in the back of the book is full of contact information for galleries, organizations, book fairs, and websites to get you even further!) The book goes beyond the process of just selecting paper and binding books (though it does that well, with excellent photo guides to walk you through the process) to discuss inspiration and communication through shape and materials, the printmaking process, the use of text, digital output and computer based books, and collaboration between artists and writers. The book also has special sections on ways to make books with limited equipment and supplies, as well as chapters on making zines and offset lithos. This slim volume is a wonderful reference chock full of information about all of the various types of artists books!

Bookworks by Sue Doggett is a wonderful resource on all the different variations of bookbindings and styles that can be done by hand. While the above book is a wonderful overview of bookmaking, Sue Doggett’s book is an in-depth step-by-step guide on how you can make a variety of different books, journals, diaries, and memory and photo albums. The chapters include folded books, pamphlet sewing, multisection sewing, attaching covers and boards, variations on the fold, and containers. The book also includes ten projects that utilize the techniques discussed in these chapters including journal making, diaries with clasps, and photograph albums. If you are interested in teaching yourself a bunch of new binding and folding techniques you can utilize in your own art, this is the book for you!

Bookmaking Links:

A Little Book Made From CD Parts

Coptic Stitch Basics

Easy Magazine Binding (More On Coptic Stitching)

The International Society Of Altered Book Artists

Fan Books

Collaborative Books

The Evil Roster Bookweb

The Book Arts Web Tutorial and Reference


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