CREATIVE BOOKMAKING: Make a Mini Squash Blossom Book

Jeannie Hunt, Artist and Bookmaking Teacher

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12 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Background

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Tools

    • 5. Using a glue stick

    • 6. Folding the units

    • 7. Attaching the units

    • 8. Wrap and glue covers

    • 9. Bonus: Make a book pouch

    • 10. Thinking about decorations

    • 11. Ideas and inspirations

    • 12. Final thoughts


About This Class

Want to build a simple book and fill it with a personal message or holiday greeting? Learn how to make a squash blossom book with book artist Jeannie Hunt. Be inspired by her creative bookmaking practice and come away with many helpful tips and techniques from her 15 years of teaching bookmaking with children.

This hour-long class is broken into step-by-step lessons that will walk you through the process of building and decorating a small book for keeping or gifting. This simple book structure uses origami-folded papers that attach together in a chain. Hard covers are added on each end, and a ribbon keeps the book closed. You can add artwork and text, or just play with pattern and color.

In this class you will learn:

  • Some basic bookmaking skills like folding and creasing paper and wrapping cover boards
  • How to to get the most out of your glue stick
  • How to source inexpensive materials and tools
  • How to build the book structure and a matching book pouch
  • Many ideas and inspirations for creating your own unique book

A perfect class for beginners or more experienced bookmakers alike. Easy enough for children and a delightful project for a kitchen-table craft night during the holiday season. Great for artists, teachers, parents and homeschoolers as well.