4 Free Articles on Handmade Books: Learn How to Make a Book Using Mixed-Media Techniques - (Free ebook Download)
What better way to dive into the creative world of mixed media than creating handmade books? If you can dream it up, it can be turned into handcrafted book pages. Book making is more popular than ever, with artists exploring a variety of techniques and approaches to creating mixed media and fabric books. With a little guidance from the experts you will be on your way to creating unique handmade books in no time at all!
Modern Nature Notebooks (by Martha Stewart)
It’s the 21st-century equivalent of a pressed-flower book: Instead of picking and pressing wildflowers, which depletes the local flora and is illegal in some places, take a snapshot with your smartphone. The Poladroid software will give photos a vintage feel. Then print and glue them in a notebook alongside your children’s sketches of nature.
Scanning in pressings of flowers might also create a nice effect :) (I’m from Ireland, were we have an abundance of common wildflowers, so I personally don’t feel too bad about picking them!)
DIY No-Glue Scrapbook (by Martha Stewart)
The receipts, ticket stubs, maps, and postcards you collect on a trip paint a picture of vacation fun, but assembling an album can be a chore. To simplify the process, fill a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves meant for business and baseball cards. Slide souvenirs into compartments, or if they don’t fit, use a paper clip to attach them to a pocket. Trim maps, and slide them into the binder’s outside sleeves (even on the spine).
DIY Folding Travelogues (by Martha Stewart)
Enlarge photos from a recent trip and make foldouts: an accordion type, formed by taping photocopies together, or an origami-style version, using a bone folder to make sharp creases. These inserts, pasted into an ordinary journal, add an element of surprise to the story of the trip and convey some of the city’s grandeur.