Coloring Book Giveaway

Blogged under Book-Art,CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10:37 am

Woot! I have an opportunity for crafters to double dip and possibly win one of two adult coloring books. See the details on my Ravelry group as well as my YouTube channel!

Modern Calligraphy

Blogged under Book-Art,Good Books,paper arts by Tammy on Monday 22 July 2013 at 6:05 am

Is calligraphy making a comeback? I have always envied those with beautiful handwriting, and calligraphy to me always looks like someone drew the letters. It is so beautiful and makes a nice touch for invitations, card making, and other paper arts. St. Martins has a new book out for those who want to learn the art of calligraphy. It is written by Molly Suber Thorpe and it’s titled Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy. Here’s some info from the press release:

“Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful, and if Tumblr tags or pinboards have anything to say about it, the time-honored craft is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Now you can master a fresh take on the lettering style with the help of award-winning designer Molly Suber Thorpe’s MODERN CALLIGRAPHY (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 24, 2013; $24.99).

The first book to teach this bold new style, MODERN CALLIGRAPHY breaks the process down into simple steps so that anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank-you cards, gift tags, and more. Starting with an overview of supplies—from paper to ink to pens—you will learn how to form letters, words, then phrases by following Molly’s clear instructions and practicing with her provided templates. After mastering letterforms using a pointed pen and ink, you can take it to the next level by learning how to write with watercolor and gouache, or how to digitize your calligraphy for printed use on business cards, menus, and stamps. The book’s twenty projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. Finally, a handy troubleshooting section solves problems like how to conquer large-batch projects and offers helpful instructions for left-handed calligraphers.

With loads of ideas, practice exercises, and helpful tips, you’ll soon be turning out gorgeous script calligraphy pieces like the ones featured in wedding magazines and on popular websites like Etsy and Pinterest!

MOLLY SUBER THORPE is the award-winning designer and calligrapher behind Plurabelle Calligraphy. She is known for her original, contemporary lettering styles, combined with modern layouts and bold color palettes. Molly’s calligraphy has appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Weddings, Country Living Magazine, C Magazine, The Guardian, and I Heart Stationery, as well on hundreds of blogs and in over 80 weddings. She lives in Los Angeles. For more information, visit her website: “

PUSH Print Book Review

Blogged under Book-Art,Good Books,paper arts by Tammy on Monday 22 April 2013 at 5:48 am

Awhile ago, I received a review copy from Sterling Publishing of PUSH Print: 30+ Artists Explore the Boundaries of Printmaking (PUSH Series). In the US, it retails for $19.95, and it is $23.95 in Canada. It is what is considered a “gallery” style book where a collection of artists are featured, both their work and their approach to that work. The curators of PUSH Print are Jamie Berger and Keith Berger, who are both print related artists. Jamie is a designer and art director, and Keith is a pressman. Together, they collected the visual works of the 31 book-artists included in this book and interviewed each about his or her approach to this medium.

As you would expect a book about book-art to be, this is a highly visual text with lots of full color images of the artists’ work. Sidebars around the artwork photographs describe the artwork and has a series of questions and answers. The idea behind using “PUSH” in this series of books is (as the subtitles says) to look at artwork that pushes against traditional boundaries. This includes subject matter and also techniques used to create the art. This means you will find innovative ideas and contemporary themes throughout this book.

I have to admit that while I like the PUSH series, I’m not in love with it. Aesthetically, much of the work is hit and miss for me. Some of it I like, some of it I am so-so with, and some I just do not like at all. However, as I read through PUSH Print: 30+ Artists Explore the Boundaries of Printmaking (PUSH Series) a few artist friends of mine came to mind who I know this book would speak to, so if you are a little more adventurous than I am, I definitely recommend taking a look at this book as well as the others in the PUSH series.

Easy Book Project

Blogged under Book-Art,My College Craft Club by Tammy on Thursday 5 April 2012 at 6:44 am

At one of our recent craft club meetings, we made small books. Member have been so busy most of this semester making stuff for charity, we thought it would be nice for them to make something for themselves for a change, and well, we have a ton of paper right now! Here’s basically how the books above were made (I so which I had taken step out photos!):

1. Take a sample piece of wallpaper and an 8×11 piece of card stock and glue the card stock to the back of the wallpaper.

2. Allow it to dry, and while it is drying, pick out 8×11 paper for the center of the book.

3. Use a bone folder to fold over each of the 8×11 papers you selected in the previous step. (The bone folder helps create a super nice crease in the center of the papers.

4. Once the glue in dry on your wallpaper section, trim off excess wallpaper so that it pretty much matches up to the size of the card stock piece glued inside.

5. Position the folded paper pieces in the center or spine of the book and use a saddle stapler to staple the pages into the spine of the book.

6. Press the book using a book press. Once it’s nice and flat (let it press for as long as you can stand it), your book is finished.

Discounted Paper Crafting Book Offer

Blogged under Book-Art,Good Books by Tammy on Monday 7 March 2011 at 5:44 am

Black Dog is offering a 50% discount on some of its popular art and design books: Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut and Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now. This offer is until the 31st March 2011!

To order, simply email with your delivery address and the book(s) will be despatched with an invoice.

Here is some information from the publisher about each text:

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut shines a light on the beautiful world of paper in art, fashion and design. From the traditional art of origami and paper cutting through to contemporary experiments in conceptual paper installations and modular folding, Paper celebrates one of the world’s oldest and most widely used materials in all its visual glory. ”This richly illustrated and beautifully designed book shines a light on the world of paper in art, fashion and design.” – Crafts Review.

Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now is the first book dedicated to exploring contemporary cardboard design, surveying its many creative and practical facets as a medium. From minimalist packaging to children’s toys, decoration to furniture and small and large-scale interior architecture, cardboard is now being embraced by designers around the globe, and hailed as a sustainable and durable material with endless potential. “[The book] features a parade of funky chairs, punch-out animal models, milk cartons, birdhouses – and even a record sleeve that (with craftily concealed needle) can play its own contents.” – World of Interiors.

Digging Up My Old Book-Art Goodies

Blogged under Book-Art by Tammy on Wednesday 28 January 2009 at 8:09 pm

I sort of got roped into doing a brief presentation on Emily Dickinson. It’s not for a few more months, but I’m already stressing about it. If were just students, that wouldn’t be a big deal. However, this will be with peers of mine, so of course, that means I have to start worrying now. A friend of mine who will be there suggested I bring some of my little booklets, like the one pictured here.

I’m thinking about it, but I’m not 100% convinced yet that I’ll bring them. I’ve been looking them over, and of course, I wish I had time to make some more. So many fun crafts – so little time!

If you can’t read the text (yes, images aren’t clear), here’s the whole poem:

I HELD a jewel in my fingers

And went to sleep.

The day was warm, and winds were prosy;

I said: “T will keep.”

I woke and chid my honest fingers, —

The gem was gone;

And now an amethyst remembrance

Is all I own.