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How To Make Your Own Art Techniques Book

Updated on May 23, 2010

Do you ever sit and stare longingly at all of the art and craft technique books at your local bookstore? That may just be me, but I find myself doing it all the time...The prices on them can add up pretty quickly, so to avoid that I just decided to make my own book! You only need a few items and soon you will have a growing art technique and tips book that is suited totally to your own tastes, with no wasted ideas you will never try! Consider it kind of a "recipe book" for art!

1. The first thing you will need is a three-ring binder with plastic pockets on the front and back. This works great because sometimes you have paint or something on your hands, and it can easily be cleaned off without messing up your book. Plus you can decorate the front and back however you wish with paper or card=stock slipped into the pockets!

2. Card-stock or printer paper, either hand decorated or decorated with a Paint program on your computer. I used the back of some paper so I could recycle it. I am trying to "go green" lately so much of this I did on the backs of some forms we no longer needed.

3. Three-ring plastic pocket pages. You can use the ones with the spot for labels on the edges to separate techniques or mediums from each other, however you wish. Use the ones without the tabs to put your actual techniques in so you can keep from getting paint and other mediums on them. This way your book will last longer.

4. Three hole punch.

Once you have assembled all of your items, go to the trusty internet. Start doing searches for techniques that you might be interested in. I wanted to assemble mixed media, collage and altered art ideas, so that is where I started. I also wanted to find some images to use, and these kind of sites had what I was looking for. As I found tips and ideas or examples and images, I would print them out and put them in my book. Now, I can add to and take away what I want, without having to spend the money on buying new books all the time! Plus, they are protected from messy hands if I am in the middle of working on something.

You can also print out all of your pages on "recycled" paper that you no longer need for the original printing. This is a great way to "go green" and not waste paper.

As your book grows, you will be find yourself going to it more and more for your art ideas. This is also a great idea for kid projects, now that summer is here!

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    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hello, hello:

      Well, thank you! Glad you found it useful! It also gives us another surface to decorate, lol!

      Laura T.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      This is a real fantastic tip and very useful. Thank you.

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Kay Creates:

      I agree. I was doing the same thing, and decided I would never use them if stuck in a drawer somewhere! Now, they jare just a grab away!

      Laura T.

    • Kay Creates profile image

      Kay Creates 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      This is a good idea. I print things out then put them in drawers and forget them. It would be nice to see them organized in a binder.


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