Backgrounds to Bindings: Beautifully easy handmade books and art journals Download in HD

Embrace the randomness and eccentricities of your backgrounds and bind them together with masterful no-sew instruction from artist Kari McKnight-Holbrook.
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Create “juicy backgrounds” and a plethora of different no-sew bindings for your handmade books in this nearly 2-hour long Cloth Paper Scissors workshop! Masterful artist and book-binding genius Kari McKnight-Holbrook takes you through each step, including creating your own stamps made from flip flops to use in your book, developing a color hue for your backgrounds, and using rubber bands, paintbrushes, ribbon, and more to bind it all together!

In this nearly two-hour-long workshop you’ll explore. . .

  • Over twenty minutes of handy tips for materials you can incorporate into your book making, including old maps, freezer paper, cereal boxes, and more!
  • How to extend your paint and materials in ways that won’t expand your budget. Kari’s instruction ensures that “nothing is ever wasted.”
  • Incorporate stencils, masks, paper, and other elements into your pieces that will add depth and dimension to the page.
  • Methods that range from wet and messy to dry and easy that lend to variation in your backgrounds
  • An easy as A-B-C tutorial on how to create your own hand-written fonts and apply them to your pages without fear
  • How to bind your lovely pages using rubber bands and chopsticks or pencils, tape, ribbon, or a few snips of paper and glue
  • You’ll be enthralled with Kari’s hands-on and illustrative approach to bookbinding, and impressed with your own results. In her workshop, Kari promises, “Once you get the method down, there’s no stopping you!”
  • Order your copy of this approachable and instruction-packed workshop today!


Author/Speaker/Editor: Kari McKnight-Holbrook

Format: High Definition Video Download

Customer Reviews

Very well done Review by Joy

Kari is a very good presenter. She goes into detail about all she is doing. I may not use everything, but it certainly opened new ideas for me. Will look for more from Kari.

(Posted on 4/22/14)

Lots of info! Review by eSeN

I was really impressed with how much information is in this workshop. Kari McKnight-Holbrook is a great teacher - she is clear, positive and encouraging and also addresses what happens if you make a mistake or don't like the outcome. Her lettering tip was fantastic - so simple and yet it really makes your lettering look put-together. I also really liked the easy bindings - this is something I can easily see myself doing to start off my book binding practice!

(Posted on 1/20/14)