Paper Weekend

This weekend I had the opportunity to take a fun 1-day course called the “book as art”. The goal was to show some very simple ways that books can be constructed and explore how they can become art in their own right.ย  We met in a lovely home studio (Oh, how I wish I had photos to share with you of this space) that was half bookbinding studio and half letter press shop. It was lovely and impressive, and there were so many features that I would like to incorporate into my own studio one day.

I constructed a few samples that I am pleased with, and a few where I had some “oh, well…” moments. But it was actually those moments that I learned the most from. But mostly what I learned was that books can come in all forms, and be made in so many different ways, and that really, the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do with a few simple skills in your toolkit. I’m hoping to have the time to practice some of these skills (before I completely forget everything I learned.) And, ultimately, I’d like bind some of my loose journal pages and collages into unique book of my own ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few photos of the samples I made in class ๐Ÿ™‚

Origami Book with Cut-outs: I was thinking this would be cool with words printed on the cut-outs so that some came forward and some went back when it was opened. This is a cool little form because it is one sheet, folded. The cutouts can be made in a variety of ways. They are really a simple form of pop-up.




Two-Cover Book: This is another simple form, with a twist. There are two covers that wrap around each other (which I tried to show in the second photo.) The pages inside are glued together, and are accordioned so they lay flat when the book is closed. To secure the covers I have simple paper band that slips over the outside.



A tape bound accordion book:ย  This one is just what it looks like, small pages secured with some colorful tape. This would be fun to write poetry inย  or doodle.ย  This sample was made with card stock and electrical tape, but really this form lends itself to all sorts of different materials. Simple, but I love it.



Sewed Bindings: And finally, my favorite thing of the day, sewing signatures. This to me opened up a whole world of possibilities in terms of making journals etc… I wish I had some better photos to show you of the process. We also saw some fabulous examples in class where people had made art books and sewn the bindings in very creative and artistic ways.


Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back later in the week with a few collages, and hopefully (maybe!?!) a piece of jewelry to share ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. How fun!! All of your handmade books look great! The first one would make a good card too I think. Maybe for valentines day, with a list of the things you love about your significant other on the little strips, or a poem. Looks like you learned some awesome book making/binding techniques ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a warning tho, once you start making books and journals, its hard to stop!!

    1. Thanks Kitty! I did think of you and your beautiful journals when I took this class ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your idea for the first one…I may just do that!

  2. Wow there are some brilliant ideas here! I am definitely stealing some of these ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I particularly like the 2 cover one in the middle! What a fun day that must have been. I love those little gem workshops. Of course, I love learning new techniques and having time set aside to use them whenever possible! I signed up for the SDA conference in San Antonio this June. Think it will be like playing with the big kids, with me just watching in awe.

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