Quick Books You Can Make On The Cheap

Tips for making your own zines, mags and mini books. I’ve posted my exhibited artists books on here in the past, but I figured it was time to publish quick instructions i’ve learned along the way- You can use any size of rectangular paper and once you get some practice, you’ll be able to combine folds and binds to create new book designs.

*Always remember to have a mock up of your folds before you fold up your final printed work.

Some common supplies in book making include:

Awls for poking holes and stab binding

Bonefolders for folding crisp paper edges quickly and to smooth any gluing of book covers.

-Thread, Needles and Bees Wax: Putting wax on your thread first allows the bind to last longer and makes it easier to sew through many sheets of paper.

Utretch and Blick should have basic book supplies like these.

christina a long artists books chicago saic
christina a long artists books chicago saic 2012

Download this general drawing to learn some quick Accordion folds and cuts which can be used with any paper. REMEMBER TO FOLD WITH THE GRAIN OF THE PAPER**the edge that doesnt fray or crack, lines should always be smooth, this way the book holds together longer.

These accordion folds are great for allowing people to design both sides of 1 sheet of paper -you can add maps and things on one side that you view after flipping thru the smaller pages of the booklet.

*There are no attached parts involved here: Simply one sheet cut and folded a certain way, the more you fold it, the more pages you achieve.

Artists Book Folds by Christina A Long
Artists Book Folds by Christina A Long

*Hit me up with questions and be sure to link back with completed books, I’d love to see your creations 😀

Artists Book Folds by Christina A Long
Artists Book Folds by Christina A Long saic 2012

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