Handmade Books

Bookmaking projects allow mixed-media artists to combine art and content in very personal handcrafted pieces. Explore custom book binding, fabric books, paper textures, and printing processes with Cloth Paper Scissors. The possibilities are endless when creating handmade books.

 


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