Spotlight on: Book Making & Binding

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Once upon a time there was a Craftsterer named HSG. She wanted to create her own art journal, but had no clue where to begin. What to do she thought? I know! The Craftster tutorial portal! If you can dream it, we can show you how to make it. Everything from cooking to woodworking, there are tutorials for it all.


The Goblins Grimoire – Small Bound Book by Arachnea

Intimidating as it sounds, there is a coolness quotient in making your own book. Especially after seeing many wonderful and creative books and journals by members. Now to see how exactly they did this, away to the tutorial portal I went.

This first tutorial chosen is a non-adhesive bookbinding. With the great step by step pictures it is easy to follow.

Buttonhole Stitch Binding Tutorial by photog_in_plaid. Such a neat and clean looking spine. For me though think need to start with something more for my beginner level.

The next tutorial I checked out was one for the exterior of the book. This one is so cool, and complex looking, but is quite the opposite. Creating this cover is done with items you probably already have at home. Things like glue and tissues.

Leather bound Dark Arts by Arachnea. Possibilities with this one are endless.

What I also found was the cover can also be a prelude to the art inside your journal, like this Coptic journal by teag.

The cover art has matching bookmarks that she made. Doesn’t it make you want to leaf through the pages?

This tutorial is for those who want to try bookmaking, but want to test on a smaller scale. These are actual book bookmarks by WideEyedLife! How cute and smart is that?

You can write notes while you’re reading the book, in the mini book.

Finally after all the inspiration found in the tutorial portal, this is the result of my venture.

While not as exciting or detailed as some shown, it is a start. I like the softness of the fake fur fabric when holding it to write and sketch ideas.

Thank you for checking out the spotlight. Let me know in the comments if you have ideas for future articles.

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