A Special Handmade Books Giveaway

February 02, 2011, 09:33 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

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?

Handmade books by Alisa Golden

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.


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25 Responses

    Ramonaflores says:

    My goal is to make small advent books for 3 of my friends for advent 2011. Each one will have the same text but be personalized for each friend. I hope I actually do this!

    TeriC says:

    Several times during the year my family participates in the Handmade Book Exchange where all of my kids work on making personalized books to send off to another kids their age, and they receive on in return. It is an especially exciting year as that my three year old finally gets to participate and receive her own little book in the mail and she is thrilled.

    Thea says:

    My favorite quote of all time is “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” This quote has been attributed to both Dorthy Parker and Ellen Parr. Another one I’m particularly fond of is by John W Gardner: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.

    Gtteach says:

    “And joy is always a promise.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, in A Circle of Quiet.

    Janel says:

    I want to make a book to house all of the wonderful, inspiring quotes I come across. My favorite is: It’s never too late to be what you might have been. By George Eliot.

    Susan Hahaj says:

    Oh, how exciting! I have wanted this book! I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Susan

    My favorite is an Emile Zola quote: “If you ask me what I can be in this world. I, an artist, will answer you … I am here to live out loud.”

    SewLindaAnn says:

    I don’t have a favorite quote, every time I read another new one I move on to that one! They’re so inspirational and there are so many that apply to a given moment. So, for this comment I’m going with something my son wrote, “One may find solace in silence, though the dark may invite the beasts. I live with them all the same, what is life without these sins.”

    Dixdizzy says:

    I choose “learn something”. Thank you for the perspective.

    “Mistakes”…they’re part of the learning process. Now if only I could remember and not make the same one over and over again. Thank goodness for gesso!!

    Heidi Bundy says:

    My favorite quote so far: “Be the change you wish to see in this world.”

    LK says:

    Currently my “quotes” file has a quote from Harry Potter, and one from Jane Eyre, you decide which is from which!
    “He was rattled. He hurried to his car and set off for home, hoping he was imagining things, which he had never hoped before, because he didn’t approve of imagination.”
    “It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.  Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot.”

    Butler83 says:

    I love “you are my sunshine” thanks!

    Annabel says:

    Oh this book is great! Maybe this time I win :)

    Kim says:

    These books look awesome. Thanks for such a great post. I studied book arts in college so I have much appreciation for anything handmade in the publishing world :)

    what lovely handmade books!!…here is one on my fave literary quotes:
    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”. Groucho Marx

    Melissa says:

    Thank you, Alisa, for answering my questions. Your differentiation between “product” and “process” is very helpful. At some point I hope to do away with “mistakes” and replace them all with “happy accidents”. I am looking forward to my copy of Making Handmade Books.

    Sam says:

    “It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures: one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.”
    - Vincent van Gogh

    1gypsy says:

    These are not books that will go traveling through BookCrossing.com!

    Amanda says:

    This book looks great. Here is my quote….

    Come to the edge. We can’t, we’re afraid. Come to the edge. We can’t. We’ll fall! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. —Guillaume Apollinaire

    Jyd_2002 says:

    Ed Hutchins once wrote, …the books arts are where writing, illustration, discovery, creativity and sharing come together to support the classroom curriculum.”

    Old Uncle Bobby says:

    It’s a long one, but it’s really good for creative types:
    This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
    — William H. Murray
    Scottish Mountain Climber

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