Cloth Paper Scissors presents:

4 Free Articles on Handmade Books: Learn How to Make a Book Using Mixed-Media Techniques

  Yes I want My Free Collection of Techniques for Making Handmade Books!

What better way to dive into the creative world of art than creating book arts? If you can dream it up, it can be turned into handcrafted pages. Bookmaking is more popular than ever, with artists exploring a variety of techniques and approaches to creating mixed media and fabric books. With a little guidance from the experts you will be on your way to making book sculptures in no time at all!

Start by exploring the wide range of possibilities of pulling together your treasures and scraps into mini-collage fabric books. Then, learn how to bind a book using different techniques, and even learn how to incorporate cheesecloth into bookbinding. Then, slim your sculptures down with a technique that is a fun twist on traditional handmade books. Using mixed media backgrounds and a few rules to follow, you too can create book arts to capture your memories, dreams, and imagination. Get started on your bookmaking adventures today with these 4 free articles from Cloth Paper Scissors.

Learn how to make a book using a variety of techniques and book making supplies when you download your free article collection!

Try all four bookmaking techniques with help from our experts!

Get creative and fun bookmaking ideas from four expert mixed media artists.
Book arts are becoming more and more popular. They make wonderful gifts and are fun to trade and share with other mixed media artists. Plus, bookmaking uses up all those bits and pieces that can so easily build up in your stash. From page construction to binding, these 4 articles cover everything you need to get started creating handmade books. With their helpful tips and individual approach to making book sculptures, you will be on your way to creating your own paper art in no time! Don't miss out on your opportunity to download these free art tutorials today!

Get all four articles full of incredible bookmaking techniques and enter the wonderful world of handmade art books!

Download your free art lessons online to get started today!

  Yes I want My Free Collection of Techniques for Making Handmade Books!
Learn how to make a book with this free collection of book making ideas, tips, and techniques!

Create handmade paper books using treasures and scraps from your stash.

Project #1: Mixed Media Books

"Creating Treasure Booklets" by Jen Osborn

While walking through a local antique mall, mixed media artist Jen Osborn came across a collection of school photos that had her brain spinning with ideas. In this bookmaking tutorial, she demonstrates how to take art elements, such as photos, and pull them together using fabric scraps, found objects, embellishments, and basic stitching to create fun-filled fabric books. Each page she creates is machine and hand stitched (or glued) together to create mini mixed media books. After reading this article you will know how to make a book from start to finish; including constructing pages, embellishing, using an awl, and how to bind a book together. Download your free bookmaking tutorial to get started creating your own treasure booklets.

Project #2: Using Unusual Materials for Making a Book and Book Binding

"Collage Board Books" by Katie Kendrik

Artist Katie Kendrik discovered incredibly useful book making supplies by sorting through her stacks of a common household item: corrugated cardboard. In this article, she demonstrates how to use pieces of discarded cardboard as backgrounds, adding layers of paint and materials to created collage pages for mixed media books. She provides a wonderful variety of techniques for creating these pages, which you can pick and choose from in your own book making adventures. For her bindings she has selected a rather unusual element, which adds an ethereal feel to the finished handmade books. With this fun, unstructured approach to making handmade books, you will learn to make a book and how to bind a book using a whole new realm of book making supplies. Download your free collection today for tips on making handmade books that artists of all abilities are sure to love!

Learn how to use unusual materials for making handmade books and for book binding.
Get tips on creating a skinny book.

Project #3: Making a Skinny Book

"Get the Skinny on Mixed-media Books" by Chrysti Hydeck

Be "thin-spired" by the refreshing opportunities of creating pages for a skinny book. These mixed media books are often created for an art swap, where artists are often given sets of rules and a theme to guide their skinny book creations. Artist Chrysti Hydeck demonstrates how to create backgrounds for bookmaking, calling the process more “carefree play” than structured designing. She brings all sorts of book making supplies into play, adding paper and art journaling supplies to the background for a skinny book that truly tells the tale. She also shares her tips for creating handmade art books on a busy schedule. Create your own skinny book pages and get your doodle on with this lighthearted approach to handmade paper books. Download the entire collection to get all these tips, techniques, and ideas, and so many more bookmaking ideas!

Project #4: How to Make a Book Sculpture

"A Look at...Tunnel Books"by Chrysti Hydeck

This mixed media technique is a fun alternative to standard bookmaking. Each creation sets the stage, whether literal or abstract, and engages the viewer as an audience member rather than a reader. If you've never made book sculptures before, this is the perfect place to begin.

Get tips on how to make a book sculpture.

Bonus section: Book Binding with Coptic Stitch

In addition to the mixed media projects, you'll get bonus instructions on DIY book binding using the coptic stitch method. Plus, you will also get tips, tricks, and techniques for art journaling, creating backgrounds, collage, stitching, composition, and traditional types of bookbinding. Use each technique as presented by each artist, or mix and match them to design your own process for creating mixed media books. Let your handmade art books tell your story! Try one or try them all when you download your free art lesson.

  YYes I want My Free Collection of Techniques for Making Handmade Books!

With your free mixed media tutorial, you'll also become a valued member of the Cloth Paper Scissors community and receive:

  • Daily emails with expert tips, techniques, contests, quality products and special discounts.

  • Access to our free art ideas, patterns and projects (including more felting instructions).

  • The opportunity to share art ideas with thousands of other Cloth Paper Scissors members in our galleries and forums.

*For your convenience, you may use your sign in information to access the Interweave family of communities: Artist Daily, Beading Daily, Cloth Paper Scissors, Crochet Me, Knitting Daily, Jewelry Making Daily, Quilting Arts, Sew Daily, Spinning Daily, and Weaving Today. Your email address is safe. Interweave will not sell, rent, or disclose your email address to third parties.

Learn coptic stitch bookbinding with this free collection of bookmaking ideas, tips, and techniques!

Learn how to make a book with this free collection of bookmaking ideas, tips, and techniques!

Don't miss out on this creative opportunity to start making handmade books! Learn the secrets to creating art backgrounds, embellishing, how to bind a book and much more!

  Yes I want My Free Collection of Techniques for Making Handmade Books!