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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Book review and giveaway: Making Handmade Books

Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms 

Alisa Golden has always been one of my favorite teachers when it comes to book arts. She explains the steps very clearly, shows you lots of variations on a theme, and liberally scatters pictures of beautiful examples of handmade books, both her own and others'.   Her current book, Making Handmade Books, was originally published as two separate books in 1998 and 2001: Creating Handmade Books and Unique Handmade Books.  If you have these volumes, you might want to pass on this one, although it's got some beautiful new artwork in it and quotes by many new book artists.

I am extremely thankful to Lark Publications for sending me an extra copy of this fabulous book so that I can offer it to you all as a giveaway.  You're gonna love it!  There are over 100 bindings and other book techniques covered, starting with the simplest folded books (like the mock-ups I showed you on Monday), and moving through the most complicated of the sewn forms.  Alisa also covers envelopes, boxes, and slipcases which will help to put the finishing touches on your projects.  And as I said before, there are glorious examples of books that will at the same time stun you but also make you feel that anything is possible.

***FREE STUFF ALERT***

If you would like to win a copy of Alisa Golden's new book, leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!  Please make sure that the link you leave here leads to an active email address...if I can't reach you, you can't be the winner!  Deadline: March 16, 2011 


 



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33 comments:

Margo said...

Oh I would love her new book it looks amazing.

amie Longmire said...

It looks like a fun book. I love reading your blog and looking at your beautiful art!

Magda Polakow said...

Great book! Thanks for the chance to win :)

AnaIsa said...

Thanks for showing the wonderful world of creativity! This book must be amazing! What I call "a dream book":-) My birthday's on March 16th , LOL ... lets give it a try!
Big hug from North Portugal,
AnaIsa

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I would love to have a copy of Alisa Golden's new book!
Stay inspired!
Michelle
Brain Angles - Invisible Ink

Dolores said...

I have always loved paper and books. This sounds like a truly wonderful, useful book.

A Creative Dream... said...

You KNOW I want this one Cyndi! Heaven knows how much I love making handmade books! What a great chance, thanks for hosting!

Limar said...

Ooo, looks like an awesome book! Please, pick me, pick me! :D

Fifi said...

Woohoo....Would love to win a copy... and thanks for the chance to be in the draw. I was guided here by Twitter. Will return after retweet.

Fifi said...

Yahoo...(very happily) retweeted for another entry. (PatchFi on Twitter)

Suzie Button said...

I have wanted this particular book for a while now, so I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks so much! Suzie purrpage3 at verizon dot net

Sharon said...

I would love to win this book. Have read great reviews. Thanks for chance to win. Fingers crossed!!

Bec Clarke said...

Oh it looks wonderful, I have everything crossed.

Eileen Bergen said...

I would love to win this book! If I'm so lucky, I will even be in the States in May so that you could send it to me ;-)

Thanks for the chance to win, Cyndi.

Amy Eileen Koester said...

I would love the new book. I'm just learning to make books, and this looks great!

MaryK said...

This book looks really helpful. I would love a copy!

Mary Jane said...

How inspiring! Books are my new creative interest, both making and altering. I'm learning as much about the art as I can. Thanks so much. :-)

Mary Jane said...

Oh, how inspiring! :-) Books are my newest creative interest, both making and altering them-- and altering books is a great way to save them from landfills. I'm learning as much about the process as I can. Love them! Thanks so much.

Holli said...

Yes please! Sign me up!

Whytefeather said...

Oh I'd love to get this book! I've been teaching myself how to make books and altered books by things I've found on the internet. This would help tremendously!
Thanks for the chance to win it!

A Gypsy Angel/Stamperbee said...

I would love to win the book. I just found your blog, its fantastic!

Genevieve said...

I recently took an online class where I learned to make a handmade art journal. It's gotten me very interested in bookmaking. This looks like a great book!

VivJM said...

Would love this book...just starting to take an interest in mixed media and loving your blog!

ginigin said...

I have worked with kids making very simple books and would love to learn to do more advanced book binding. Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway and your great review.

SmeCar said...

Would love to have this book!!! Am doing a degree course in professional practice and in a few weeks time we're going to look at bookbinding techniques.

debbie - no running with scissor said...

Alisa Golden is terrific - I have read about other books that she has created - my bday is this week - I WOULD LOVE THIS NEW BOOK!!!!!!
Thanks for the chance!!!

Pam said...

I am simply thrilled by the idea you have given me to showcase my watercolour nature journals in very personal handmade covers. Thank you for the inspiration! I so hope I am the lucky one who will enjoy this most special gift. I look forward to sharing my journals online for others to be inspired and the handmade book format will highlight my work perfectly. Thank you for a great website, it is a favourite.

Quiltrobin said...

Alisa Golden is great! I hope you'll pick me to receive this wonderful book.

phoenix said...

Only just stumbled on your blog today, and I love it! Thanks for so many easy to understand ideas and new techniques to try!

Sharon said...

Hi there this is a wonderful book....and I am trying to make myself my own journal this year and having a little hard time doing it only because I am a visual learner if i see it then I can figure it out. Would love to win. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Anesha said...

Sounds like a fab book, thanks for the chance to win!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh I just love making books, but I only know a couple of binding techniques - this book looks just fabulous, just what I need! Thanks for the chance at it! Kim

scott mantooth said...

this book would be extremely useful for me at the moment...
i am constantly experimenting with
means of expression and this is one i have not worked with in the past...

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