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Price: $24.99/$32.95 Canadian/£16.99
Paperback: 144 Pages/Size: 8-1/2" x 11"

Library Journal Review in the February 15th Issue: "This is a book of basic bookbinding and box-making techniques by academic artist and instructor Rinehart. Step-by-step projects include some of the most popular types of books and boxes made by hobbyists. The detailed instructions include line drawings, and both a brief section on surface decoration and a gallery of works by other artists are included. Although there are other specialized books on this topic with more extensive projects, this is a good basic selection for public libraries." - Candy

Ben Rinehart is a trained artist, and teacher. He teaches printmaking and book arts, and started and led a book-arts program at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He has also taught in New York and New Jersey at Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, Long Island University, the Center for Book Arts, Manhattan Graphics Center and the Children’s Museum of the Arts in SoHo. He conducts workshops at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, MN, Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, San Francisco Center for the Book in San Francisco, CA, Newark Museum in Newark, NJ, Pelham Center for the Arts in Pelham, NY, Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, and Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan, CT. Ben currently lives in Appleton, WI where he teaches at Lawrence University.

Creating Books & Boxes: Fun and Unique Approaches to Handmade Structures​ by Benjamin D. Rinehart

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Whether you’re new to book making or an experienced paper artist looking for new ideas, Creating Books & Boxes will provide you with hours of creative inspiration. Author Benjamin D. Rinehart covers all the basics of book and box construction, such as tools, adhesives, archival properties, cutting, and terminology, but then adds unique twists to make the book’s 11 projects surprising, fun, and dimensional.

In addition to making paper wrap-around covers and simple stitches, this book also includes detailed instructions for such finishing touches and decorative elements as paper dying, copy transfers, stamping, and paste papers.

The book’s step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, yet the projects are sophisticated and beautiful. Stitch up an accordion-style booklet, build an origami box, create a beautiful sewn journal, make your own picture frame, or construct your uniquely shaped box structures.

• Complete step-by-step instruction, full-color project photos, detailed step illustrations, diagrams, and tips with over 350 illustrations

• A complete basic technique book for beginners

• Unique structures offer new ideas for more experienced book artists

• Decorative ideas using rubber stamping, paste papers, photocopy transfers, and paper dying

Table of Contents​



Section I: Essentials
• Bookbinding Terms
• Tools
• Archival Materials
• Determining the Grain        
• Cutting Techniques     
• Folding Techniques     
• Sewing Techniques 
• Adhesives     
• Gluing Techniques   

Section II: Books
• Five-Hole Pamphlet Stitch with Wraparound Cover & Tab
• Paper-Wrapped Board Cover
• Sewing with Four Needles
• Accordion with Woven Panels    
• Star Accordion
• Spiral & Zigzag Accordions
• Triangle Accordion
• Cross Side Stitch (Stab Binding)
• Perfect Binding
• Flat Back Journal     
• Photo Frame

Section III: Boxes
• Origami Box with Divider
• Simple Box with Divider
• Triangular Box
• Round Box (Cylindrical)

Section IV: Surface Design Techniques
• Rubber Stamping
• Paste Papers
• Photocopy Transfers
• Orizomi Gomi/Paper Dying


Section V: Gallery of Artist's Books



Suppliers & Resources

About the Author


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