ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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!





Please Comment!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • 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.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)