Making Books by Hand: A Step-by-Step Guide

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The craft of book-making goes back as far as the earliest times. Though the techniques are old, the art of book making seems to be growing. This is most likely due to the beauty of handmade books but also the ease with which simple books can be made. Mary McCarthy and Philip Manna provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions to lead both the beginning and experienced crafts person through twelve simple and beautiful book-making projects. With Making Books by Hand anyone can create elegant, decorative blank ...

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Overview

The craft of book-making goes back as far as the earliest times. Though the techniques are old, the art of book making seems to be growing. This is most likely due to the beauty of handmade books but also the ease with which simple books can be made. Mary McCarthy and Philip Manna provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions to lead both the beginning and experienced crafts person through twelve simple and beautiful book-making projects. With Making Books by Hand anyone can create elegant, decorative blank books, photo albums, gifts and journals that will last forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564966759
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary McCarthy is a self-employed book artist. Her books appear in a number of museums, college libraries, and private collections. Besides making books for her own artistic expression, whe also designs portfolios, books, and boxes for various clients. Before starting her busienss, Mary worked as a photography and visual studies teacher at Phillips Academy, Andover. She maintains her connection to education today by offering workshops and courses to anyone interested in making books by hand. She lives in Boston with her husband Philip Manna, and two children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
About Paper 8
Materials and Supplies 10
Tools 12
How to Make Corners 14
Accordion Art Books 16
How to Make an Illustrated Poem Book 18
How to Make a Book Panorama 24
Journals and Scrapbooks 30
How to Make a Simple Booklet 32
How to Make a Journal 38
How to Make a Scrapbook 44
Photo Albums 50
How to Make a Tied-Binding Album 52
How to Make a Window-and-Post Album 58
Box Books 64
How to Make an Artist's Portfolio Box 66
How to Make a Pop-Up Box Book 74
New Directions: Trends and Traditions 82
How to Make a Scroll 84
How to Make an Accordion with Pamphlet Insert 86
How to Make an Extended Accordion 88
Gallery of Artists 90
Resources 104
Suggested Readings 105
Contributors 106
About the Authors 108
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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Perfect for Beginners

    I found this book to be an inspiring resource and very encouraging. The step by step photos are certainly helpful and the projects are refreshingly simple; making this a perfect book to use when introducing the art of book making. As stated in the introduction, most of these designs can be created using tools and materials commonly found in most homes. Each chapter has an eye-catching sidebar entitled "Bits and Pieces" which shares interesting tips to remember. Since the projects increase in complexity it's best for beginners to work through them in order. Also, its helpful to write page numbers in beside a direction or tip which refers to another section of the book.

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