Hello, Bookmaking Friends.
For this, the last of our three-week Making Handmade Books giveaway, we’ve got a very special treat in store for you. Author Alisa Golden has generously donated four one-of-a-kind handmade books that she made for four lucky Lark fans. You may even recognize one of them from the cover of Making Handmade Books. Can you tell which one?
These books are truly lovely and each one has its own unique features, including artful exposed bindings in each example, and in some cases, hand-painted boards, marbled endpapers, and hand-stitched covers. Look at how beautiful they are! Each book is signed by Alisa with blank pages that are ripe for your own creative entries and notes about your bookmaking adventures. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
To enter for a chance to win a copy of Making Handmade Books plus one of Alisa’s original handmade books, please leave one comment on this post by 11 PM EST on February 8th. Official rules are here. Any comment will do, but, if you have a favorite quote you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. Here’s a gem from Making Handmade Books by artist and teacher Bonnie Thompson Norman: When teaching bookmaking, I remind people that they can learn something or they can make it perfectly, but they cannot do both at the same time…It’s important to remember that what doesn’t work gives you as much information as what does work.
Wouldn’t that make an excellent first entry in a handmade book of your own? I think so. We’ll select four winners at random and announce the results on this post on February 9th, so be sure to check back in. Good luck, and have fun commenting! Congratulations to our winners: larmenti, amanda, gtteach and butler83. We hope Alisa’s new book and her special handmade books brings you much joy and inspiration. Thanks to all who commented!
Congratulations to last week’s Making Handmade Books giveaway winner, Melissa, who had this question for Alisa, which she graciously answered, below.
Do you create the art pages and then bind them, or do you create the book first, and then the contents? If you create the book first, how do you overcome the “fear” of ruining it when you put ink to the blank page?
I do both. If I’m making a journal or process book, I’ll bind the blank pages first. Then my mistakes, when they happen, are part of the learning process. If the product is more important than the process, or if I am making multiple copies, I do the pages first and assemble the book when I’m satisfied with the pages. I also make a quick model and sketch out the page content, then copy everything over carefully or set type and print it. Sometimes I plan a project where I allow myself to paint over anything (gesso is great for this) and absorb the mistakes into the piece itself, creating a new thing that is surprising to me. Making marks all over the page or painting paper with acrylic inks before I start works well to help overcome the fear of the taunting white page. So, if you can plan a book out carefully, make a model, then create the pages, you can just explore and learn, or you can do something in between.