Handmade Books

Here at Cloth Paper Scissors, we love handmade books! See how expert mixed-media artists come up with altered book ideas and learn bookmaking techniques with these inspiring articles.

Bookbinding Tutorial: The Romantic Art Journal

In the last Studio Saturday project we made an abstract floral art journal spread inspired by Laly Mille’s article “A Secret Rose Garden” in the March/April 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I promised I’d show you how to make the book I was working in, and here it is! This romantic art journal…

Making Handmade Books with Meaning

I always thought it was ironic that, as a writer and editor, I had trouble filling the handmade books I created. Finished books would sit idly on a shelf, with no purpose to their lives. I think that’s why I immediately fell in love with Rachel Hazell’s handmade books—they’re beautiful and interesting to look at,…

Tutorial: Recycled Envelope Journal

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site, ArtistsNetwork! ~ Jeannine As mixed-media artists, we don’t take a cookie cutter approach to creating art—we always make it our own. In that spirit, I was inspired by Seth Apter’s Inspiration Journal featured…

Get Hooked on Handmade Books

Growing up in India, I remember my father making simple three-hole pamphlet-bound books for us to practice vocabulary exercises. Back then I did not know anything about handmade books beyond that simple utilitarian object. It was after I came to the U.S. a few years later that I was exposed to the amazing world of…

Tutorial: Make an Awesome Bingo Planner

A new year calls for a new planner, and this tutorial from Erin Zamrzla will show you how to create your own — mixed-media style, of course! Originally featured in our winter 2015 edition of Pages magazine, the cover of this custom weekly planner is made from vintage bingo card designs. The unique exposed binding is…

Make a Fabric Collage Book

There’s something about winter that makes me so eager to create fabric collages. Must be the cold weather and long nights that compel me to rummage through my fabric scraps and get into the rhythmic calm of hand stitching. For a recent project I decided to create a fabric collage with something practical in mind—a…

How to Make a Handmade Book Cover

Looking for a great gift to make this holiday season? Try Mandy Russell’s felted Bubble Book. This book cover is easy to create and fun to give. Here’s Mandy’s tutorial, as featured in our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! Bubble Books by Mandy Russell I am enamored with these little felted books; they are one…

The 5 Best Places to Find Ephemera

Please welcome our guest blogger, book artist Rachel Hazell, aka The Travelling Bookbinder. Rachel, who is based in the U.K., creates stunning books with compelling narratives that often incorporate lovely ephemera: book text and illustration, vintage postcards and photographs, and timeworn maps. Don’t miss Rachel’s upcoming book project in the January/February 2018 issue of Cloth…

Seth Apter’s Guide to Making an Inspiration Journal

When we think of mixed-media artists we admire, Seth Apter definitely comes to mind. His innovative artwork never fails to inspire, and we’re thrilled that he now has two brand new Creative Workshop videos: 10 Techniques for Mixed Media Artists, and 10 Techniques for Painting Layers, each filled to the brim with techniques and ideas.…

A Tutorial for Paper Art Lovers

For those of us who love paper—I mean really love paper—too much is never enough. With that in mind, we’ve put together a fantastic bundle of magazines and a book that are all about—take a deep breath—paper art. The Paper Lover’s Ultimate Collection will keep you in paper heaven for a long time, with projects that…