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Making Journals by Hand: 20 Creative Projects for Keeping Your Thoughts Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Jason Thompson is the founder and president of Rag & Bone Bindery, and author of Making Journals By Hand (Rockport Publishing 2001) and Playing with Books (Quarry 2009). He is highly regarded as a book designer with integrity who creates unique handbound books and other fine bindings, as well as a popular blogger who writes about bookbinding, book arts, artist books, and paper craft.
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However, now & then someone puts together a book that I refer to often for inspiration, affirmation, and the pure artistic energy it provides; "Making Journals by Hand" is one of the latter. (Other books on that short list including SARK's earliest books, and Natalie Goldberg's "Living Color".)
"Making Journals by Hand" has superb, simple, and detailed directions for even the most complex and professional journals. However, what charms me are the ideas that involve simple techniques and found materials... the kinds of things that are kicking around my house anyway. (You know, that box of stuff in the closet that's being saved because, "someday this might be useful," ....? *LOL*)
Sure, make certain your public library owns this book. But then, get your own copy. You'll want it on your bookshelf, and--more often--open, at your elbow, while you work on the many glorious and original projects in the book!
The ideas there are very fine, indeed, but for the price and number of pages I simply expected more ideas. I'd recommend checking this book out of the library rather than actually purchasing it. I don't think it will grow on one as a reference.
The examples are gorgeous. I love being able to look at (or is it into?) other people's journals, and this book allows me to do just that. There are travel journals and pregnancy journals and nature journals- but these aren't merely text entries- they are journals with lavish layers of collage & illustration. The projects are interesting and really make you want to get up out of your chair and into your work space to try out these techniques. I think beginners will come away with a sense of what is possible and more advanced visual journalers will come away with inspiration & maybe a little jumpstart!
I didn't just love this book, I adored it! It is filled with ideas, images and inspirations. A journal is one of the most personal items a person can have. After reading this book it seems like a natural progression to make it even more personal by making it a piece of art. This leads me to my next comment. This book is not just for people who journal. It would be a great selection for anyone who loves paper arts such as scrapbooking, collage, or book making. If you love the magazine Somerset Studios you'll love this book!