Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn

The Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn is a great book for both scrapbookers and journalers who are interested in making the move to personalized art journaling. I picked up this book out of an interest in making travel sketchbooks. I know that wasn’t the title, but the look of the cover and the back of the book intrigued me. As a mixed media artist who also has a history in… Read More »

Unique Handmade Books by Alisa Golden

Over 40 projects fill this book with fabulous ideas for making one-of-a-kind handmade books, journals, and albums. It is one of the most exciting and inspiring books for anyone who is interested in making unique art books. Whether you want to start with a simple folded book or scroll book or leap into a tunnel book, flag book, pocket book, or even a three-panel Jacob’s Ladder book, Unique Handmade Books… Read More »

Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks by Lynne Perella

If you are someone who is intimidated by startling, innovative art journaling techniques, this rich, juicy book may overwhelm you. This is an idea book more than a step-by-step guide for beginning book artists. Since my approach to paper art is often, “When all else fails, read the directions,” this is one of my favorite reference books. However, I also understand why many of my students feel that it is… Read More »

Artful Dodger by Nick Bantock – review

The Artful Dodger: Images and Reflections by Nick Bantock is a must-own for fans of his art and writing. Nick Bantock may be best known for his Griffin & Sabine Trilogy, but he has authored many other extraordinarily beautiful books featuring his own art and text. In the Artful Dodger, Bantock offers some of his most haunting, beautiful, and inspiring art from each of his books, with commentary. In the… Read More »

Art Doll Adventures – review

Art Doll Adventures: Exploring Projects and Processes through Cultural Traditions by Lisa Li Hertzi First, a disclaimer: I know Li (she’s one of our expert reviewers) and she’s a very good friend. That said, I’d rave about her book even if I didn’t know her. See, I’ve been making art dolls since childhood, and selling them since the early 1970s, so I’m always interested in books about creating dolls of… Read More »