In the Handmade Book Club, we have a live mixed media class (or a longer retreat) every month at no extra charge to members! In April 2022, our mixed media class was led by artist and teacher Emma Freeman, who showed us how to create her Fabric Meditation Journals. One of the best parts of […]
Book Arts Inspiration
During each Handmade Book Club 5-Day Challenge, hundreds of crafters make beautiful, unique journals. Many of these journals have a special story, such as this one by Carol Tardiff! In this post, Carol explains the inspiration and process behind her version of the Long Stitch Journal 5-Day Challenge. The Story of Carol’s Journals Every fall […]
In a recent Facebook Live, Ali chatted with artist Lindsay Ostrom. Lindsay is an old-school lettering and doodling artist, author, and designer of products such as fabric, rubber stamps, stickers, washi tape, and papers. She loves to dabble in watercolor, bookmaking, and all kinds of crafts! Creativity Throughout Lindsay’s Life Lindsay grew up with creative […]
If you’re looking for a simple book structure that requires minimal materials (and time!), this envelope book tutorial might be the perfect fit. It can hold gift cards, notes, or any small bits of art. Step 1: Gather Supplies This is a simple project that requires just a few common tools and supplies: 9″ x […]
In a recent Facebook Live, Ali spoke with Lisa Merkin, a book artist and founding member of the Handmade Book Club. They spoke about how she got started with artist books, where she finds inspiration, and her process for making artist books. Lisa’s Book Arts Journey Artist books are a relatively new endeavor in Lisa’s […]
One of the best ways to use up scraps of material is to make a 3-hole pamphlet stitch journal! The pamphlet stitch is a simple stitch that can be dressed up by the materials you’re using. In this tutorial, Ali shows you how to make this fun book with bits and pieces that were lying around her studio.
If you’ve decided to use Kraft-tex to make the cover for your next book, there is no shortage of ways to bring your Kraft-tex to life. From simpler methods like stitching to more complex strategies like dye sublimation, there’s something for all skill levels to try.
Art journaling has surged in popularity recently, but Rachelle has been art journaling for years. For her, art journaling is a connection between art and words. She guides her students through an art experience first before diving into the writing experience, but the priority is to help students overcome the barrier of the white page in front of them.