I took a year off painting to work full time—overtime on the second edition of my book, Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step. When the manuscript went out for the second set of proofs, I returned to the studio to paint again. I put a new panel on the easel and wondered if I would even remember how to paint.
The experience was one of great joy! I felt alive and free . . . and this is what happened. Far Away will be in the National Association of Women Artists' 125th Anniversary Exhibition in New York City next month.
I am happy to announce the Second Edition of Books, Boxes and Wraps: Binding
& Building Step-by-Step is now available, but you should be
forewarned—opening this book can easily lead you to create many, many more!
This second edition is an expansion and refinement of
the first—more projects, more information, more instruction.
The clear, step-by-step instructions
and graphic (yet beautiful!) line drawings offer easy-to-follow guidance for both
the novice and the seasoned artist. All projects can be made with the simple
tools listed in the first chapter—which also describes how to use these tools,
where to find them, and, in some cases, how to make them. Information on
choosing papers, inks, adhesives, cloth, ribbons, and threads is given in the
final chapter, and an up-to-date list of resources is one of the appendixes.
Described as “a workshop in a book,” Books, Boxes &
Wraps is an invaluable aid to teachers. It’s been assigned as a college
textbook and is often employed as a creative resource for classroom projects.
For crafters and calligraphers, bookbinders and
writers, artists and homeschoolers—this is the guidebook for you! It’s a
concise yet comprehensive workbook on creating all different kinds of books and
boxes—from traditional to contemporary, from rustic to elegant, from large to
To see finished samples made from directions in the book, click here.