Category Archives: Handmade Books

SAN DIEGO BOOK ARTS – COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECT – POSTCARDS SAN DIEGO

SDBA presents POSTMARK SANDIEGO

Exhibit July 16 – August 3, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018 5pm – 8pm

Mesa College Art Gallery 7250 Mesa College Drive -D101 directly across from LRC [Parking free during Opening, Lot 10, closest to Gallery. Most direct access is from Genessee > Mariesta Dr > campus.]

Gallery hours Tues, Thurs, Sat 11-4pm. Evening hours on Thurs 4-8pm and by appointment, by calling the school (619) 388-2829

Collection of 29 postcards created, mailed and recreated into artist books Celebrating art, creativity, book making and San Diego!

BUTTERFLY BOOKS TO CELEBRATE SPRING!

BUTTERFLY BOOKS STITCHED & READY TO FLY INTO YOUR HANDS TO CELEBRATE SPRING!  A page from my Handmade Books Art Journal shows details of how to make these little books.  I used watercolor paper for the front & back of the butterfly & hand painted them.  Each butterfly book has different kinds of paper “pages”.  The yellow butterfly has gelli paper printed with metallic ink pages.  The orange Monarch butterfly has pages created from a coastal California map where this butterfly migrates.  The blue butterfly pages are made of colored tissue paper & tulle netting.  Using a cereal box, I made a cardboard template of the butterfly to cut them out, but each butterfly is handpainted!  Hope you are inspired to make your own Spring butterfly books!

USING LEAF PRINTING FOR A ONE-MINUTE BOOK!

LEAF PRINTING – Brush the backs of fresh leaves with metallic liquid acrylic paints.  Print on paper rubbing the back of the leaf with a soft piece of cloth.  Lift up the leaf to reveal the print!  Fold an 11 x 8 1/2 piece of paper into 8 sections and slit the middle 2 sections.  This one-minute book technique creates a French-fold handmade book! 

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.”  — Emily Bronte