Playing with Books: Upcycling, Deconstructing and Reimagining the Book

Playing with Books: Upcycling, Deconstructing and Reimagining the Book

Book rating: 05 Paperback Playing

By (author) Jason Thompson

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  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 218mm x 254mm x 10mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Beverly
  • ISBN 10: 159253600X
  • ISBN 13: 9781592536009
  • Illustrations note: 200
  • Sales rank: 30,408

Product description

In these pages, Jason Thompson has curated an extensive and artistic range of both achievable upcycled crafts made from books and book pages and an amazing gallery presenting truly phenomenal examples of creations that transform books into art.The content encompasses a wide range of inspiring techniques and step-by-step projects that turn books and their parts into unique, beautiful objects and accessories. The book combines in equal measure book art techniques, paper art techniques, collage and altering techniques, along with a healthy dose of experimentation and fun. The beautiful high-end presentation and full color photos make this book a delightful must-have volume for any book-loving artist or art-loving book collector.

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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). 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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By liberal sprinkles 11 Sep 2011 5

If you're looking for examples of paper crafts and book art, there are other books that are more comprehensive, like Papercraft: Design and Art With Paper or Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists. But Playing with Books is fantastic for people who like to get their hands dirty. There are lots of tutorials on crafting books into other forms, and making fun and creative things with book pages.

Most of the projects are easy even for beginner paper crafters and lovers. How about folding a nice sheet of paper to make a special envelope? Or cutting up some paperback covers into postcards? Too easy? All right then, try making your own billfold, beads, bag, flowers, ornaments, mobile, gift box or wreath. The photo-accompanied instructions will help you do all that.

There is also a gallery of book artworks that are a feast for the eyes. If you like to make things with your hands, this book is definitely fun!

this review is adapted from a longer one at liberal sprinkles http://liberalsprinkles.blogspot.com/2011/09/playing-with-books-book-review-thompson.html

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""Why not pick up this book and sit down and quietly work on a project or perhaps grab a few friends, a bottle of wine, and put on some inspiring music and create something together? Experimenting with arts and crafts projects at home can be great soul food and help break boring routines and even lift one from a rut. That is why I craft at home -- not because I'm an expert at it (some I dare not show anyone because frankly, they look like the work of a toddler!) but because I have fun doing it. This beautiful title is now available at bookstores nationwide or on Amazon.com. Congratulations to Jason and to his team who made this book a reality. Lovely" -"Book Review by Holly Becker""http: //simplystated.realsimple.com/simplystated/2010/04/playing-with-books-art-for-the-home.html""