Introduction to Book Arts


Bookarts Worksheet


In the first half of the workshop we learned how to produce three different basic book formats, then in the second half of the workshop we used the skills we had learned to experiment and play with the various formats.

The first type of book we produced was called a cut and fold booklet aka a poster book. For these books we took a single sheet of A3 paper which we folded into six equal sections and then made a cut into the sheet. The cut we made could be in one of three places to produce three different designs, all of which can be seen on the worksheet above. Once the cuts had been made we folded the booklets into their final form. The advantage of this type of book is that it is all paper with no cover, so the book can be flipped through and read like a book but it can also be unfolded to make a full A3 sheet of paper which could have a poster design on, these books allow for a lot of creative play.



Hardback Book

The next book we produced was a hardcover book. For the pages inside we took a long thin piece of paper which we folded into six equal sections. The two hard covers were both made of thick piece board cut with a board cutter, then using PVA we attached covered each piece of board with fabric. To assemble the book we then used PVA to stick the folded paper sheet to both covers. The entire book was then left to dry in a tightened press for an hour. Above are two pictures of this book, one is of just the cover and the other shows what the book looks like when unfolded.img_2893


Softcover Sewn Book

The third book we produced was a soft cover book and to bind it together we used a sewing technique called single section sewing. We begun this book by folding a long thin piece of paper into six equal sections, the same as we did for the hardback book. Then using a soft cover created from thin card, we sewed the pages into the cover. Finally using a guillotine we trimmed the edges of the book so that the pages and covers were neatly aligned, and then we used a smaller device to produce the rounded corners, as seen in the pictures above.

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In the final half of the workshop we utilised all of the skills we had previously learnt and began to experiment with the book format. Above are two books I produced whilst experimenting. The blue book on the left was a sewn soft cover book with rounded corners, inside there were pages of various sizes, colours and materials. Sewn into the centre of the book was a sheet of A3 paper which I had folded into a several sections, creating a small folded book within a book. The red book on the right was once again a sewn book with pages of various sizes, colours and materials however this one did not have covers nor did it have a smaller fold out book in the centre.

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