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Posted October 3, 2014
I love the art of book making and book binding. It was my favorite college class in my fine arts major. The majority of this book showcases a handmade book from an individual artist or small press. The designs are creative and innovative and are accompanied by a few paragraphs from the artist describing the method used or thought behind the process. The photographs are small since the size of the book is about 7 inches square. The tutorials at the end of the book are brief and sometimes vague, with mediocre diagrams. This is a good book to pick up for those seeking inspiration for unique ideas, but not for instructional purposes on actual techniques.
(Thank you to Potter Craft and Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Posted September 22, 2014
This is a great book for book lovers! If you love books, especially hand made books, you should get your hands on this one. Most of the book is dedicated to showcasing books that have been made by artists all over the world. I was amazed by most of the books. They were gorgeous! I wish that there had been instructions spread throughout the book, but all the techniques were clumped together at the back.
The instructions were easy to understand and follow. The supplies wouldn't be too difficult to find, and the books ranged in difficulty to make. There are several different binding techniques, cover and paper treatments, and book spine stitches included.
This would make a great gift for someone that is crafty or that loves books.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 23, 2014
I anticipated this being a how-to book, but found it was so much more. It is a beautiful book that was well-thought out and put together. It is a nice size and a sturdy hardcover. The first half of the book showcases techniques that artists and bookbinders from all over the world have created and utilized. I thought it was inspiring to see the beautiful designs that other people have created and also enjoyed reading about how they came up with the ideas and what they were trying to express.
On some of the pages, readers are referred to step-by-step instructions at the back of the book so that they can create their own books. I found the instructions to be very easy to follow, and also appreciated the ideas for substitutions. Everything is covered in these pages! Readers can create their own book with unique inner pages, choose a cover from a variety of types, follow instructions to duplicate a striking binding stitch, and even explore folding techniques to create a one-of-a-kind book. I loved the simplicity of this book and know I will use the ideas with my own children and in my classroom.
If you are looking for an easy-to-follow book to get you started on your own book making adventures, I can't think of a better one. This book is inspiring, creative, and detailed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.