Jean Kropper's Handmade Books and Cards
is one of the best resources available to the would-be book and card artist, offering a truly creative point of view in a well-illustrated volume that includes overviews of typography, printing, binding, book formatting, and decoration. The section on techniques, tools, and materials is nicely detailed, giving valuable tips on sizing handmade paper to eliminate its tendency to bleed, mixing your own glue and paste, and anchoring the bookbinding thread to the needle; Kropper's ideas for using a concertina fold are particularly inventive and well executed. Book and paper artists will turn to this book often for happy inspiration as well as detailed guidance.
From Library Journal
Books with creative formats and artistic bindings have always been a specialty of small presses, but now the computer printer enables anyone to make distinctive-looking books. These three volumes are full of ideas and techniques for compiling and binding handmade books in many formats, including "memory books" and personalized scrapbooks. Blake (Making and Decorating Your Own Paper, Sterling, 1995) deals mainly with the mechanics of making covers and bindings. Graphic designer Kropper goes beyond this into hand-decorated pages, unusual formats, and traditional methods such as fore-edge painting. The Vanessa-Ann book is for makers of memory books and includes projects combining photographs and keepsakes with cutout mountings and simple bindings. All three books are good additions to public library collections, complementing one another rather than overlapping.
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