Books: An Arts and Crafts Project

Finally, a kind of artsy thing that I can actually do. I may be the most uncoordinated person when it comes to painting, sculpting, drawing, and every other hands-on craft out there, but I managed to summon enough dexterity to make this super cool little journal this week:

Sorry the picture's a little blurry...did not have good light at the time...

Okay, so maybe it’s not the best looking book ever, but hey, I made it! This week, at the library where I work, we had a staff motivation day full of different seminars that you could take for fun and learning. I got to take the book binding class, taught by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. They’re a non-profit organization located in the Open Book by the Metrodome, and they teach all kinds of classes on different types of binding, screen printing, letterpress, and other book-related art. This was a fairly simple project, but it was a lot of fun and I’m thinking about taking a class or two.

Here’s their website:

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is in Minnesota, of course, but I’m sure there’s a place to learn this type of craft in a city near you. Just think: from now on you could make all your own writing journals!

A look at the binding.

What do you think, does this look fun or what?


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