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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mini HipKnoTies...Knot just an infinity scarf- so much more.

Try it with a cut out of oversize t shirt, or a sarong made with elastic material, then you can achieve the same effect:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Origami Hand Skeleton

Origami Hand Skeleton by Jeremy Shafer

How to make a spooky origami Hand Skeleton
Designed by Jeremy Shafer

Subscribe to Jeremy's Youtube channel:

Jeremy's tutorial:

◆ Difficulty level: simple
◆ My paper: 18cm x 18cm origami paper


Commercial use is not allowed without prior written permission from the author. Please contact the author to ask for commercial licensing
Music: Moon Lounge Omicron Prime
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tissue paper wrapping

How to Gift Wrap a Coach Purse in Signature Tissue.wmv How to Use Tissue in a Shopping Bag.avi How to use Tissue.flv Using tissue and Crinkle cut in gifts.flv

Friday, June 28, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

34 Amazing Paper Plate Crafts for Kids!

"It’s amazing what you can craft with paper plates! Here are 34 incredible paper plate crafts complete with pictured instructions. These paper crafts for kids include paper plate dress ups, animals, activities, holiday crafts, paper plate masks, and much more."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ribbon flower making

Even though the Language of instruction is not in English, I think it is not difficult to follow the steps involved.

If you or your organisation like to learn the craft of ribbon flower making and other hadicraft in this blog, you may email me for courses you like.

Other courses I have conducted are listed in

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book binding with many patterns

Since I started exploring pin board "Pinterest", I indulged myself pinning interesting art works and great craft pieces I see on other's pin board.  Re-pinning is easy!  It is a great way to know who are like-minded too!

This Bookbinding! Stab Bindings by  Blue Roof Designs
with 888 followers 67 pins is what I enjoyed today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Scarf works in wonder

I learn how to make my scarf works multiple ways with this video.  Language is not an issue if you just focus on the image and learn the way to tie the knots or just the placement of the scraf.

I find it easy to follow images and disregard the language as I am not able to understand the foreign language used in the video.

Play the video a few time to get the tricks. Stop it and look at the way is it done if you find it hard to comprehense sometime!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Toilet roll craft

This four owls are created by recycling toilet rolls.  I have it forwarded by friends yet the original source is not given.

The owl paterns are different, hence if you are good in drawing, you can imitate it with ease or recreate a new one on your own.

For other ideas on recycling toilet rolls, just visit:

Email me your photos, if you like me to put on this blog or put it on my pinterest board, then you may share your joys and talent with many others!


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Amazing paper

Try to make something beautiful with paper! Discover the world of origamic architecture, origami, flexagons, sliceforms, ......

No instruction is given, yet you can find out later.

Enjoy the visual treats now!

How to make a flexagon

A video that has clear instructions on how to make a flexagon:

You can turn on the English caption if you cannot understand the language used in the video.

If you think that this video is not clear enough, just search for "vihart hexaflexagon" on youtube for clearer instruction!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Friday, November 2, 2012

Best Ideas: Gift Wrapping and Craft Material organisation

I enjoy doing gift wrapping and this video show you the way to "Turn your trunk to gift wrapping station - instantly" let individual have a quick way of doing gift wrapping on the go:

"Turn your trunk to gift wrapping station - instantly"

I like learning different ways to craft without messy cleanup at the end of the day.  Here is a video link "Genius ways to craft without messy cleanup", and if you have kids at home, you will love this ideas when you do art and craft with them:
"Genius ways to craft without messy cleanup"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Twirl pop up card

The twirl method used in this card can be applied in library or classroom display and it will make the audience have the element of surprise when they turn the card.

How to make an Origami Leaf Card

Sometime you need to write a letter but you can't find an envelope?

Here is how to solve the problem in only few minutes!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Christmas paper snowflake tutorial

This snowflake is easy to do with the children:

It uses two paper cuttings and overlay them to create 3D effect!

Just follow the step-by-step instruction via:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Scarf: 10 Ways to Wear it

Add Some Style to that Scarf! 10 Ways to Wear it Around Your Neck

A knot is not the only way to wear a scarf.  In this video Liz walks through ten different style:

the ascot knot,
the braid,
the casual swing,

the criss cross knot,
the DIY infinity,
the double rainbow,

the light queen knot,
the square knot,
the turtleneck,

and the western wrap.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DIY Wall Art Projects

18 Amazing (and Totally Doable!) DIY Wall Art Projects For Kids' Rooms

Read More at:

I like the first idea:

Why I Love It:

The big, bold, colorful letters make me recall a DIY game board in Childhood.  Instead of creating it out of simple embroidery thread and nails, the game board used rubber bands in various colour to achieve the same result. As we need not tie any knot, the process is quick and neat!

I think if teachers or librarians are thinking of using it for school or library displays, they can make a statement on the wall using the same method.  I would imagine that if 100 to 900 DDC Library Call Numbers Guide are in that scale, it will create an impressive look!

Here is the information from the web page that give you a step-by-step guide:

for full details, visit


What You’ll Need:
Nails, embroidery floss, printer paper and a printer.

How to DIY:

Print a banner of the words you want using a bold sans serif font with straight edges (try Bell Gothic Std Black.)

Hang the banner on your wall, making sure the letters are straight and correctly spaced. Mark all of your nails ¾-inch from the head (that’s how far each one should be hammered into the wall to keep your letters even.)

Put nails into each corner and around the curves of your letters. Carefully tear the paper away being careful not to pull out any nails.

Using your embroidery floss, tie a knot on one nail and wrap it around the letter about seven times, and then tie the end to the same nail. Repeat for each letter until you’re done.

Read More DIY project at


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fun things with the kids

50 Things You and the Kids Should Do Before New Year’s Eve


A compilation of 50 ideas and inspirations to help teachers or parents do fun things with the kids:

* Cut mittens out of doilies and string them up with yarn
* Grab glitter and printer paper for homemade snow flakes;
* Slide photos or drawings inside empty snow globes;
* Fill old tights with cotton, grab googly eyes and felt and you’ve got a silly door sweep.

I like the snow flakes idea!  Try it with kids at home and they all like the magic of having one cut yet multiple pattern.  To them, it is just like magic show!



Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paper art: creating optical illusion experience 2

The optical illusion experience for this work is to make you think that the balls can roll automatically upward:

"日本:球往高处走 眼见不为实" is the orginal title.

The narration is in Mandarin, yet if you just view it from beginning to end, you will understand how your eyes can be fooled by paper craft!

You may like to amuse others by making the model used in the above video!

The orginal designer is a Japanese Mathematician and he demonstrated it in video in 2010!

I think it is a great teaching tool!


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Monday, December 26, 2011

Paper Crafts from Yamaha

Make your own paper models of motorcycles, rare animals and more from Yamaha at

"Easy-to-follow video clips explain everything from basic Paper Craft techniques and how to make major parts of the Realistic Paper Crafts, right up to the final assembly. Full of useful tips for efficient construction and superb finish! Watch it, and you'll want to make a Realistic Paper Craft yourself!"

Read the FAQ from the web page to clear some of the common doubt at

Q-01: How can I print out?

Q-02: What kind of paper is the best to print out the data on?

Q-03: How much does it cost to download the paper craft data?

Q-04: The paper craft data cannot be displayed.

Q-05: How do I store PDF files?

Q-06: I don't have a printer. Will you send me the printout of the data?

Q-07: Is it OK to save the paper craft data on a CD-ROM and distribute it with a magazine?

Q-08: Is it OK to use the paper craft for non-profit events, such as exhibitions and PC instructions?

Q-09: Is it possible to use the paper craft for sales promotional purposes for printers, paper, etc.?

Q-10: Can I introduce the paper craft in mass media, like magazines and TV?

Q-11: How do I do to make tires of realistic paper crafts well?

Designer: Nobutaka Mukouyama

Born in Tokyo. Graduated from the Design Department, Art School at Hachioji Engineering Institute in 1997.

He was a member of the Idea Bureau Co., Ltd., then became a freelance paper craft designer.

Taking the opportunity to be in charge of planning and production of "VMAX," the first phase of realistic paper crafts at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show's special site, he took charge of planning and production of all paper craft series published on the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. website, including "THE SEASONS," "Rare Animals of Japan," "Rare Animals of the World" and "Realistic Paper Craft".

Message from the designer:

It takes considerable time and technique to complete assembly of a paper craft, but that effort includes the joy of completion.

In addition to enjoying the charm of paper, please make the surprise and discovery from flat to solid as joyously as possible, a transformation from the world of "watching" in two dimensions to "touching" in three.
Designer's Website: Nobutaka Mukouyama Space at

Personally I like the pop-up card at

If you try a few with kids and show them how to do it, you will understand paper pop-up and paper engineering with some personal touch!

With that, I with you a happy boxing day!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Paper art: creating optical illusion experience 1

There are a lot of video on youtube that illustrated the magic of optical illusions.

I view them with interest and thought of transferring the ideas to paper art work in school to create optical illusion experience.

I think students will learn a lot from crafting the object and learn something interesting along the way!

You may like to amuse others by making the model used in the above video!

Source of video: unknown


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Paper Toys

If you like paper toys and paper models/cut-outs, here is what you would enjoy.

Print out airplanes, party hats, paper cars, paper motorcycles, and pop-up cards from this free site:

Some of the models I like are:

London Taxi

King's Crown

Paper Doll

Pop-Up Card: Bird

Completely free!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Friday, December 23, 2011

Napkin folding: how to fold a dinner jacket

How To Learn A Dinner Jacket

Amazing and magnificent ideas on napkin folding from an author of the book with years of experience in the trade!

This video is a useful time-saver that will enable you to get good at napkin folding, a refine dining etiquette for any host who likes to please their guest.

If you learn the method, you can apply it on gift wrapping, card making and other create craft using paper or clothe!


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

How to wrap a present creatively

This video from Howcast give a step by step approach to gift wrapping in general and share many great tips on wrapping gifts of all sizes creatively.

The square box shape is used to demonstrate the basic measurement method and it is a good to see how big the wrapper is required. I think the measurement for the ribbon may need some adjustment depending on the height of the gift, so do your trial and error, you will discover the right length of the ribbon required for your own gift.

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang


Become a wrap artist! Learn how to make every present look festive, no matter what shape or size.

To complete this How-To you will need:

A gift box
Wrapping paper
A bow or ribbon
Cardboard boxes or balloons
Children's bedsheets
Chinese takeout containers, empty paper towel rolls, or oatmeal canisters
Matching boxes in various sizes
Two-sided tape

Step 1: Master the basic technique

Master the basic wrapping technique: Begin by placing the gift box on the paper, top side down. Fold one end of the wrapping paper over the box to see how much paper you'll need to completely cover it. Add two inches to that length, and cut the paper there.

Step 2: Center the box

Center the box, noting how much paper is on the short sides that are going to be folded and taped. Having enough paper to cover two-thirds of those sides when the paper is folded down is ideal. Any more, and it will bunch up when you try to fold the edges.

Tip: If you have excess paper on those sides, push the box to the ideal distance on one side and trim the other side accordingly.

Step 3: Start folding

Fold one end of the paper over the top of the box. When you're sure it's straight, tape it to the box. Then fold the other end over it and tape again. If one edge of the paper is uneven from being cut, fold it over a bit to create a straight edge.

Tip: Use double-sided tape for a more polished look.

Step 4: Fold the edges

Now fold the paper down over one of the sides of the box. Take the diagonals that have been formed and fold them inward. Then bring the bottom flap up and tape it in the center. Repeat with the other side.

Step 5: Add a bow

Press on a stick-on bow, or cut a piece of ribbon that's about five times the length of the gift box & wrap it around the top of the package, lengthwise, until the ends meet in the middle of the bottom of the box. Twist them around each other at the center of the box, bring them back up to the top of the package, & make a knot before tying a bow.

Tip: If the ribbon is ribbed, take a pair of scissors, hold the ribbon ends taut, and pull the blade along them to make curls.

Step 6: Solve the size problem

Wrap an oversize present by taking apart some large cardboard moving boxes and building one big bottomless box that you can cover in paper and place over the gift. Or, just smother the present in balloons.

Step 7: Cover in fabric

Wrap gifts with sharp edges in fabric; it won't tear like paper. Just plop the item in the center, gather the material at the top, and tie with a thick ribbon. Fabric shops offer great deals on end-of-the-bolt pieces.

Tip: Have a big, bulky present for a child? Wrap it in a bedsheet featuring their favorite cartoon character.

Step 8: Recycle household goods

Think about everyday items that could hold hard-to-wrap gifts: Chinese takeout containers, empty paper towel rolls, oatmeal canisters.

Step 9: Create a gift set

A dramatic way to present three or four gifts of varying sizes is to create a gift tower: Place the presents in matching boxes of descending size, wrap the boxes in the same or complementary paper, stack them, and tie the tower together with ribbon.

Source of information:

Swiss gift packing

Good and swiss job!

She did the wrapping soo fast and fawless and it is enjoyable to see how easy she make people think gift wrapping is all about!

I love how she did the bow thing as the ribbon is one continuous loop and never cut out until the bow is done!

If you find it hard to figure out how to do it, just view it again and with a lot of pauses to accurately follow what she did. Good jobshe did that soo fast and fawless

Monday, December 19, 2011

How to tie a scraf: multiple ways

How To Tie a Scarf : simple and easy ways

The gClauds Scarf Knot!

Many ways of tieing a scraf: 圍巾多樣綁法7.wmv

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Learn to tie a necktie with ease

How to tie a necktie


Many people don't know how to tie a necktie for themselves!

A lot more do not know how to tie it for others!

If you have the difficulty doing it right, just watch this video with a tie in hand and practise the method along the way, you will find it easy!

I like this creative solution and will use the same method to tie my long scraf!

If you like the traditional way, the following video will suit you:

How To Tie a Tie for BEGINNERS - Double windsor how to tie a tie video

Both video show the Double Windsor knot which is a popular symmetrical necktie knot.

The Double Windsor is a formal knot suitable for interviews or weddings.

Both video recordings teach you how to tie a tie with ease.

Don't worry if this is your first trial, as the video walks beginners through step by step.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Princeton Online: Incredible Art Department

Since 1994 - the oldest art education site on the net!

So much to see on this site!

"Welcome to The Incredible Art Department. This site began in late 1994 as a showcase for my elementary art students in a school in Indianapolis, Indiana. This site was the second educational website in Indiana. The first was a 5th grade classroom in Brookview Elementary. My district was not ready for this exposure so they told me to remove the site. Instead of completely folding it, I decided to open it up to the world. The response was phenomenal. I received 8,555 visitors the first year. Now the site receives millions of visitors each year."

Personally, I like "The Art Teacher Toolbox" at "It is a resource for homeschoolers and new teachers. You can read about art curriculum and instruction, discipline strategies, special education, NCLB, best practices, school law, view contests, and create rubrics."

The problem in find good art and craft sources from this site is to differetial advertisements from the good information sources.  The advertisement is shown first and is blocking your navigation path and move you away from your orginal search.

Nevertheless, if you are patient enough, you may find good sites like "Art for small hands" at for teaching pre-schoolers.

I like the "Collection of Student Art Galleries" at it open the door to students' art and craft work from all over the world!

If you are interested to trace the history of the site and look at the pages in 1994 to 2011, you may click the links near the bottom of this page "IAD Website Designs through the years" at

I like looking at old pages as they illustrate the changes in the history of Internet with "look and feel", For example, the 1994-46 webpage, was made for the Netscape browser which was "cool" at that time as it replaced text based browsers!  Well, Web browers do have history that younger generation are not aware of.  It is a good site for me who is a "Library Trainer" to use it in my training and show the evolution of information studies in "retrospective mode"!


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Monday, December 5, 2011

Origami Christmas Tree (Pine Tree)

It is fun and easy to make a Christmas tree this way!

Try it wiht kids, they will love it!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

CD recycling ideas

棋茵Chyin老師,利用廢棄光碟&糖果襪的結合創作出生活實用物品,手機座、相框、杯墊、筆筒、針插、花器、收納盒 棋茵DIY手工藝網

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sharp Hand Made Books

Exploring Artistry through Book Forms: Sharon A. Sharp

If you like creative book making, visit sharphandmadebooks, here are three web pages I would like to recommend:

Photographed images show the basic book formats: accordion (green), pamphlet (red), origami-style (yellow), and flag-style (blue).

Offer a number of book styles for your own creative wanderings.

Two pamphlet-stitched folios with inkjet printing are connected by an interlocking accordion structure containing extensive handwriting. The larger accordion is a linocut printed on a Vandercook press, and the smaller, torn-edged accordion (representing the hydrologic cycle) is a handwritten strip.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Being librarian for over 20 years and doing training and lecturing in the past decade, I enjoy making books and use them to share and disseminate my ideas!

Book making is an inspiring process.

If you like to try making some books yourself and need good ideas to start with, you will love owned by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord:


I would like to recommend that you subscribe to her Making Books Monthly!

(Susan's free e-mail newsletter of information and inspiration for teachers and parents, sent on or near the tenth of the month.)


If making book for children is your main concern, then
Making Books with Children Blog

will be of interest to you!


Did you know that books are made from palm leaves and wood and animal skin as well as paper?

Books Around The World shows you pictures and tells you about books from Egypt, Bali, Thailand, Spain, Japan, Mexico, and China.

Hence, if you are teaching kids the History of Book making, use

Books Around the World
as a starting point!


Useful Tips like

The Teaching Process *Break the process into the smallest and simplest steps possible."

can be found at: Teaching Tips


Resources For Children and For Adults is very useful for school librarians in collection building!
Teachers will find them handy for quick reference if they can be found in their school or public libraries.



For Children

Bookworks: Making Books by Hand, Gwenyth Swain. Minneapolis: CarolRhoda Books, 1995.
A book for kids with a good historical introduction and clear directions for making several forms of book, as well as paper making, marbling, and printmaking techniques.

Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist and Turn, Gwen Diehn. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.
Series of bookmaking projects with historical information interspersed.

The Bookmaking Kit, Ann Morris and Peter Linenthal. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2001. The book has directions for lots of books, from the simple (Easy Fastener Book) to the more complicated (Button Closure Clothbound Book). Materials are provided for five of the projects.

Making Mini Books, Sherri Haab. Klutz Press, 2002.
A fun book from Klutz Press with lots of ideas for making small books and materials to help you get started.

How To Make Pop-Ups, Joan Irvine. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1987.
Basics of pop-up construction in card format with information on how to assemble them in book form at the end. Also by Joan Irvine: How to Make Super Pop-ups and How to Make Holiday Pop-ups.

Pop-O-Mania: How to Create Your Own Pop-Ups, Barbara Valenta. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
What makes this book special is that it is a pop-up book that teaches you how to make pop-ups.


Books About Book History


Books And Libraries, Jack Knowlton. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
Children's book on the history of books and libraries. Emphasis on Western forms from Mesopotamia and Egypt to Europe and colonial New England.

Book, Karen Brookfield. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
Part of Eyewitness Books series. Excellent photographs make it a good visual resource to have in the classroom.

"Paper" Through the Ages, Shaaron Cosner. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1984.
This easy chapter book introduces children to writing materials of the past-stone, clay, papyrus, wax, parchment, and paper- and the people who used them.

The History of Making Books. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1996.
Well illustrated interactive book with sections on Ancient writing, Asian Ingenuity, Arabic Treasures, Parchment, Illuminated Manuscripts, Paper, Printing, Bookbinding, and more.

Writing and Printing, Steve and Patricia Harrison. London: BBC Educational Publishing, 1991.
Part of the BBC Fact Finders series. This is a concise overview with a double page spread for each topic from cave painting to the way books are printed today.

Scrawl! Writing in Ancient Times, Geography Department. Minneapolis: Runestone Press, a division of Lerner Publications Company, 1994.
This well illustrated and wide ranging guide to the early book includes chapters on the development of writing, writing materials, papyrus, parchment, and paper, the scribes, and the survival of ancient literature.




Alphabetical Order: How the Alphabet Began, Tiphaine Samoyault. New York: Viking, 1996.
This is a well illustrated guide to the development of the alphabet and the alphabets of the world, including Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, Cyrillic, Indian, and Japanese. as well as sign language, Morse Code, and Braille.


Bibles and Bestiaries: A Guide to Illuminated Manuscripts, Elizabeth B. Wilson, The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
It's clearly written and beautifully illustrated with examples from manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. The book includes a detailed description of the process of making an illuminated manuscript from making the vellum to binding the book and information on the "Best-Selling Books" of the Middle Ages, such as Gospels, Psalters, Herbals, and Books of Hours.

The Duke and the Peasant: Life in the Middle Ages, Sister Wendy Beckett. New York: Prestel, 1997.
This book shows the twelve illustrations for the months of the year from the well- known medieval manuscript, Les Tres Riches Heures which was commissioned and owned by the Duc de Berry. The pictures are commented upon by Sister Wendy Beckett of PBS fame. I found her frequent descriptions of how much fun the working peasants were having in contrast to the miserable nobles who were feasting and lolling about rather strange.

Breaking into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press, Stephen Krensky. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
Breaking into Print tells of the evolution of the book from the hand-lettered manuscripts of the monasteries through the development of the printing press to today. The main text is supplemented by additional facts on the side margins. It is cleanly laid out and nicely illustrated but I found the transition from block printing to movable type confusing. There is a timeline of the history of printing at the back.

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, Bruce Koscielniak. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.
This lively picture book presents lots of information about the process of printing and its development by Gutenberg in a friendly humorous way.

Johann Gutenberg: Master of Modern Printing, Michael Pollard. Woodbridge, CT: Blackbirch Press, Inc., 2001.
Readable account of Gutenberg's work as a printer set in the context of his time with looks back in history to printing in ninth century China and forward to the use of computer technology today. Illustrated with period illustrations.

Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg, Joann Johansen Burch. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1991.
This short chapter book tells how Gutenberg invented movable type. It gives an excellent view of city life in fifteenth-century Germany, as well as information on handwritten books, the making of paper, and the printing process.

Gutenberg, Leonard Everett Fisher. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993.
This picture book gives a little background on printing history, but concentrates on the story of Gutenberg: his experiments with printing and the trials of his business life which included scheming partners and bankruptcies.


Picture Books and Fiction Relating to Books


Anna the Bookbinder, Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Ted Rand. New York: Walker and Company, 2003.
This is a warm and touching story of family love with lots of details about bookbinding. Anna's Papa is a binder with a bindery in his basement where Anna spends much of her time. He does quality work and works hard to compete with big binderies with lots of employees. Anna surprises her father by stitching an important commission when her pregnant mother goes into labor.

St. Jerome and the Lion, Margaret Hodges. New York: Orchard Books, 1991.
I chose this picture book because Jerome is the patron saint of librarians. He governed a monastery in Bethlehem by day and translated the Bible into Latin at night. The story itself has nothing to do with books but it is well told and beautifully illustrated by Barry Moser.

Marguerite Makes A Book, Bruce Robertson. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells of Marguerite, a girl in medieval Paris. Her father illuminates books and she helps him finish an important commission of a book of Hours for Lady Isabelle.

The Flame of Peace, Deborah Nourse Lattimore. New York: Harper Trophy, 1987.
A young Aztec boy, Two Flint, braves nine evil demons and brings the magic flame of peace to his people. While this isn't about books, the illustrations in this picture book were inspired by and are in the style of Aztec manuscripts. A nice touch is the page numbers which are written in Aztec as well as Arabic numerals.

The Sailor Who Captured the Sea, Deborah Nourse Lattimore. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.
In this picture book about the Book of Kells from Ireland, three brothers leave their trades to become scribes in the belief that the completion of the book will save their people from Viking invaders. The book is out of print but the story can be found in the collection, The Sailor Who Captured the Sea and Other Celtic Tales, published in 2002 by HarperTrophy.

The Man Who Loved Books, Jean Fritz. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1981.
This picture book is the true story of St. Columba who founded the monastery on Iona which produced many books. It is told in Jean Fritz's lively style and simply but beautifully illustrated by Trina Shart Hyman.

Across A Dark and Wild Sea, Don Brown. Brookfield, Ct: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Another story about St.Columba also known by his Irish name Columcille.

The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs, Tamara Bower. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000. Based on a story found in an ancient papyrus scroll, this picture book tells of a shipwreck on the island of the soul and a happy homecoming. One line on each page has been translated into hieroglyphs. The illustrations were inspired by papyrus scrolls.

James Printer: A Novel of Rebellion, Paul Samuel Jacobs. New York: Scholastic Press, 1997
This children's novel tells the story of James Printer, a Nipmuc Indian and apprentice to Samuel Green, master printer at Harvard College in 1675. Told in the first person by Samuel Green's eleven year old son Bartholomew, it has lots of details of the printer's world in the midst of a dramatic story of King Philip's War.


Links for Kids


Make an Artist Book
Clear directions for making an eight page book from a paper bag.

Joan Irvine
The friendly site of Joan Irvine, author of How to Make Pop-ups. Includes directions on how to make a pop-up.

Writing in Ancient Civilizations
Site on Ancient Civilizations with information on writing in the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections
This is a thorough site, written for kids with a section on how manuscripts are made, a slide show of manuscript pages and descriptions, a glossary of terms, and directions to make your own medieval manuscript.


For Adults

Instructional Books


For Teaching in the Classroom


Multicultural Books To Make And Share, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. Newburyport, MA:, 2004.
Sixteen projects from four continents cover topics across the curriculum. Historical information, detailed directions, suggestions for variations and readings to use along with the projects are included. Revised edition of original book from Scholastic available from the Book Store at

Super Pop-up Reports for American History: Complete How-to's, Project Ideas, and Reproducible Templates to Help Kids Showcase Their Research in a Dazzling Way, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. New York: Scholastic Professional Books, 2000.
Step-by-step directions to create a three-dimensional book that is like a building with four rooms, each with a two walls and a floor. Also includes a Report Planner and ideas and reproducible templates for eight topics in American history.

A Book of One's Own: Developing Literacy through Making Books, Paul Johnson. Portsmouth, NH: Hienemann, 1998.
Paul Johnson is a well-known English educator who integrates the book arts into the curriculum. His work has both artistic creativity and educational theory. As in all his books, it is well illustrated with children's work.

Literacy Through the Book Arts, Paul Johnson. Portsmouth, NH: Hienemann, 1993.
This book expands on the ideas and forms presented in A Book of One's Own.

Pictures & Words Together: Children Illustrating and Writing Their Own Books, Paul Johnson. Portsmouth, NH: Hienemann, 1997.
This book focuses on the content with information on writing and illustrating. It covers both the big picture- the narrative line and overall concept and the little- techniques for drawing people and perspective. It's deep and thorough.

"A Tale of Two Roads," Craig Hinshaw. Social Studies and the Young Learner, Volume 10, Number 3, January/ February 1998.
Excellent article on a fourth grade project based on the wood block prints of the Japanese artist Horoshige who documented his travel along the Tokaido Road. Students used printmaking and haiku to study the Tokaido Road in Japan and a local interstate. The resulting work was displayed in an accordion book.

Teaching Hand Papermaking: A Classroom Guide, Gloria Zmolek. Cedar Rapids, IA: Zpaperpress, 1995.
I've never made paper with kids but I taught with Gloria Zmolek at the Book Arts Jamboree in 1999 and she was terrific. The book contains clear directions on how to make paper in the classroom plus ways to integrate paper in the arts and basic curricula.


For Making On Your Own


Cover To Cover, Shereen La Plantz. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1995.
The first of a new crop of books about bookmaking, covering many simple and complex book forms. Lots of photos of work by different artists- you'll be inspired.

The Art and Craft of Handmade Books, Shereen LaPlantz. New York: Lark Books, 2001.
Shereen's new book which expands upon the first. Interesting book forms and lots of photos of books for inspiration.

Handmade Books And Cards, Jean Kropper. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1997.
Another book that offers a nice introduction to simple book forms and cards. Clear directions and lots of photos of work by different artists. Again, the photos can be as worthwhile as the instructions.

Creating Handmade Books, Alisa Golden. New York: Sterling Publishing Co, Inc, 1998.
This book takes a different approach with all the work included by the author. A wide range of simple and more complex forms with clear instructions and personal reflections.

Books, Boxes & Wraps, Marilyn Webberley and JoAn Forsyth. Kirkland, WA: Bifocal Publishing, 1995.
No color photos in this one, but it's no less of a book. Illustrated with charming line drawings, it contains a wealth of different forms with clear instructions and diagrams.

Creative Bookbinding, Pauline Johnson. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1990.
This reprint of a 1963 book is an oldie but goodie. This was the main resource when I started. Lots of information on simple bindings, folders, and a large section on printing techniques for covers and endpapers.

Japanese Bookbinding, Instructions from a Master Craftsman, Kojiro Ikegami. New York: Weatherhill, 1986.
Beautiful book, clear instructions with photographs, many styles of Japanese bindings. The real thing from a Japanese master.

Non-Adhesive Binding, Keith A. Smith. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, 1990. order from Keith A. Smith, 22 Cayuga St, Rochester, NY 14620,
An excellent resource with many simple, combination, and complex bindings and a focus on the making of books not just the binding.

Books, Boxes, And Portfolios, Franz Zeier. New York: Design Press, 1990.
Basic techniques of cutting, folding and pasting, emphasis on boxes and portfolios, but information about books as well.

Making Memory Boxes, Barbara Mauriello. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2000.
I've found some of Rockport's books to be visually attractive but weak in the how-to department. Barbara's book breaks tradition and is full of detailed directions. I had the good fortune of taking a weekend workshop with her this past spring and it was wonderful.


Books About Book History


The Book Before Printing: Ancient, Medieval And Oriental, David Diringer. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1982.
Originally published in 1953 as The Hand-Produced Book, this reference book is wide in scope, dense with information, and a good resource.

The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking, Douglas C. McMurtrie. New York: Dorset Press, 1971.
This reprint of a 1943 book begins with Primitive Human Records and goes through to Modern Typography. Gutenberg comes along about a quarter of the way through the book, so the biggest focus is on printed books.

The Book on the Bookshelf, Henry Petroski. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
This book is more about the storage and presentation of books than the books themselves but there is lots of fascinating information about the books as well. I found the early chapters from Egyptian scrolls to chained medieval books the most useful.



The Story of Writing, Andrew Robinson. London: Thames & Hudson, 1995.
This book has three sections: How Writing Works, Extinct Writing: Cuneiform, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Linear B, Mayan Glyphs, Undeciphered Scripts, and Living Writing: The First Alphabet, New Alphabets from Old, Chinese Writing, Japanese Writing. There are lots of illustrations.

The Story of Writing, Donald Jackson. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co, 1981.
This book is on the Roman alphabet was written by a well-known English calligrapher who is Scribe to Her Majesty the Queen. The main focus is on the calligraphic hands from the Dark Ages through the Renaissance. The history is enhanced by his perspective as a working scribe.

History of Writing, Albertine Gaur. New York: Cross River Press, 1992.
This book has the broadest scope with chapters on The Fertile Crescent, Ancient Mediterranean, Pre-Columbian, Far East, Semitic, Indian and Southeast Asian, Greek and European. It also covers social attitudes towards writing and literacy.




Writing Materials of the East, Albertine Gaur. London: The British Library Board, 1979.
A slim book focusing on the surface materials used for writing with some nice illustrations of books and writing from India, China, Burma, and Sumatra.

The Story of Chinese Books, Lui Guojun and Zheng Rusi. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1985.
History of Chinese books from oracle bones through slats, scrolls, and accordions to sewn bindings with information on block printing and movable type. A good resource but hard to find. Printed in the People's Republic of China.

Chinese Traditional Bookbinding: A Study of Its Evolution and Techniques, Edward Martinique. Chinese Materials Center, 1983.
A history of Chinese books from slats to scrolls to accordions to sewn bindings. Interesting illustrations. A good resource but hard to find.


Aztec and Maya


The Art of the Maya Scribe, Michael D Coe and Justin Kerr. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 1997.
This is a big beautiful art book that is filled with information with chapters on the Maya script, the scribes, the tools and materials, and the books.

The Aztec and Maya Papermakers, Victor Wolfgang von Hagen. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1999.
This is a reprint of a 1944 book. The focus is on the importance of amate or bark paper in the Aztec and Maya world and how it was made. The story is told in a narrative style that I didn't expect. There are lots of good stories and interesting tidbits in this book.

The Codex Nuttall: A Picture Manuscript from Ancient Mexico, Zelia Nuttall, ed. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1975.
Facsimile of a Mixtec manuscript.

The Codex Borgia: A full Color restoration of the Ancient Mexican Manuscript, Gisele Diaz and Alan Rodgers. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1993.
Facsimile of a restoration of a pre-Columbian manuscript from about 1400 in central Mexico.




A History of Illuminated Manuscripts, Christopher De Hamel. London: Phaidon Press, 1986.
This well illustrated and thorough book about illuminated manuscripts from the 7th to the 16th century is organized by the uses of the books: for missionaries, emperors, monks, students, aristocrats, everybody, priests, and collectors.

Scribes and Illuminators, Christopher De Hamel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.
This short book focuses on how the books were made. There are three sections: Paper- and Parchment-Makers, Ink-Makers and Scribes, and Illuminators, Bookbinders, and Booksellers.

The Illuminated Manuscript, Janet Backhouse. Oxford: Phaidon, 1979.
This is a well illustrated and explained survey of the illuminated manuscript from the seventh to the sixteenth century.

Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art, Roger S. Wieck. New York: George Braziller, Inc. in association with The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1997.
This is the catalog to accompany an exhibit called "Medieval Bestseller: The Book of Hours." There is detailed commentary on all the illustrations.

Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life, Roger S. Weick. Baltimore: George Braziller, Inc. in association with The Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Illustrated with manuscripts from the collection of the Walters Art Museum, this book explores the Books of Hours in depth, with a detailed description of the contents, as well as their placement in the social and religious context of the time.




Creating Artistic Books from the San Diego Museum of Art
Directions for seven different books and information about making paste paper and screen printing are available for free as downloadable pdfs.

Japanese Binding
Directions for a Japanese binding from an article originally published in Boy's Life magazine in October 1991.

Origami Book
Directions for making an origami book from The Bookmaking Kit from Chronicle books.

Robert Sabuda's Making Pop-ups is Easy
Pop-up book master, Robert Sabuda, gives directions and templates for making a variety of pop-ups including a birthday cake and butterfly.

Organizations and Links
Peter Verheyen's Book Arts Web
Links to a huge number of book arts sites- organizations, suppliers, schools, individual binders, calligraphy, letterpress printing, papermaking, tutorials, etc. I think it is THE place to start for book arts info on the web. Peter also runs an excellent Book Arts List for online communication about the book arts. Information on how to join is available on the site. There is also an Archive to look up past messages.

Book Information Website
Another site with lots of links plus a Book History Chronology.

Cecilia's Calligraphy, Lettering Art and Artist Books
A site from Australia focusing on calligraphy but with information on artists' books as well. Includes a Calligraphic and Book Arts World Travel Guide.

Boston Book Arts
Boston Book Arts was founded in 1999. I've enjoyed being a member. They have monthly meetings (except summer) with guest lectures, members sharing, and collection visits as well as occasional workshops. There is a variety of interests and levels within the group and everyone is friendly and welcoming. The website has news of the group, a member's showcase, links and a Buzz section with members' classes, exhibition news, etc.

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
Extensive links. Exhibitions and Collections gives access to historical and contemporary books, including the Book of Kells. Book Arts has a well-done introduction with informative pages on The Book, Vellum and Parchment, Papermaking, etc.

Center for Book Arts
Website of the country's first book arts center in New York City with information on events, classes, and membership.

Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College has exhibits and classes and offers an MFA program in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts.

Newburyport Art Association
Although this is not specifically book arts, it has a wonderful gallery with large juried members' exhibits and Featured Artist shows, as well as a small gift shop.
65 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950


Books and Journals

Book Central
103 Cortona Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583, 925.968.9299
Specializes in instructional books about the book arts. Excellent selection and service.

John Neal Bookseller
1833 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403, 800.369.9598
Specializes in books on calligraphy and the the book arts. You can order online or from their print catalog. John Neal also publishes Bound and Lettered and the Letter Arts Review.

dog eared magazine: A Journal of the Book Arts
A quarterly magazine on the book arts published by Kerrie Carbary. Each issue focuses on a different topic. Issues so far have included Photocopy Books, Folds, Altered Books, Metal Books, Zines, Miniature Books, and Sculptural Books. The website has information about the magazine, subscriptions, upcoming themes (she welcomes articles, reviews, and images of work), and opportunites for book artists.

Bound and Lettered
Bound and Lettered contains articles on Artists' Books, Bookbinding, Books for Kids, and Calligraphy and is published quarterly. It was established by Shereen LaPlantz, the author of Cover to Cover, as Tabellae Ansatae,

I am always excited when I see my blue copy of Umbrella in the mailbox and I invariably have read through it before I go to sleep. For 24 years, Judith Hoffberg has been publishing this wonderful magazine with an emphasis on artists' books, mail art, and Fluxus, but with a wide knowledge of the art world and an intrepid spirit.

Book Arts Classified
The Book Arts Classified is a quarterly publication containing ads for an assortment of books, paper, equipment, and supplies; as well as listings for conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and calls for entry. Subscribers use their free classified ads and listings (up to 50 words each issue) to buy, sell, trade, or just to communicate. The website also has information on The Book Arts Directory and The Book Arts Gallery which features an inspiring selection of artwork by book artists focusing on the environment, spirituality, and social justice.

Book History
The Art of Bookbinding
The complete volume of The Art of Bookbinding written by Joseph W. Zaehnsdorf in 1897 is here as well as Bookbinding and the Care of Books: A Handbook for Amateur Bookbinders and Librarians from 1902 and Bookbinding for Beginners from 1914.

The Illustrated Book: A Survey of Genres
Richard Minsky approaches commentary with the same intelligence and individuality he brings to making books. The works are grouped by interesting categories, such as cave paintings as self-publishing. This is a site by someone comfortable with the way the computer allows one to skip around with hyperlinks; it's not a straightforward outline approach.

Bookbinding from the International Dunhuang Project
A history of bookbinding in China illustrated with books found in the Caves of Dunhuang in 1900.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Site to accompany an exhibit of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Beautiful illustrations and informative text.

The Preparation of Palm Leaf Documents
Archived article from the Journal of Indian States History with information on the preparation of palm leaves for writing with drawings of writing implements and photos of pages.

Forerunners of Paper
Descriptions of materials used before paper, clay, bark, papyrus. If you "Continue the Tour" on the bottom of the page, it will lead you from the invention of paper through history to paper in our lives.


Individual Artist Sites
Website of Ed Hutchins, who creates editioned books that are both playful and profound. Some of his thoughts on what is a book and teaching are included on the site.

Jalex Books
Website of Jody Alexander who makes artist's books and blank books and teaches classes in Felton, CA. Little Farm Press
Site of Jane Coneen who makes charming miniature books on a variety of themes.

Mission Creek Press
Roberta Lavadour makes handmade papers from natural fibers in eastern Washington and wonderfully inventive artists books.

Emily Martin and the Naughty Dog Press
Emily Martin creates thought-provoking and humorous books in Iowa, including I Live in Iowa, How Can I Live in Iowa?, Yes, I Like living in Iowa.

Bridal Bookquet
I came across this page and found it utterly delightful. Kara Sjoblom-Bay's wedding bouquet was made up of handmade books by her friends from the Bay Area Book Artists. You can view the books here.


Some good advices on buying and storing paper
from Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord:


For those who are visiting art and paper stores for the first time, I have two cautions.

One is that it can be dangerous to your pocketbook. Once you develop an appreciation of fine papers, a well stocked paper store is heaven and you want to bring a good sized piece of that heaven home. There is a wide range of prices but it's not like going to Staples and buying a ream of copy paper.

The second problem occurs when you bring your paper home. Most art paper is sold in large sheets, with 19 x 25 being a common size. You then have to deal with storage and cutting. Since it is best stored flat, storage can take up space.

There are some places that sell small sheets of art paper. If you will be concentrating on small books, you may want to consider starting with the smaller sheets.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mini Book from Toilet Rolls

Toilet Tissue Tube Book and Tutorial

I enjoy this fabulous tutorial and the fun idea of turning toilet paper rolls into a lovely mini books!

The book can have tags inserted into the individual flatten roll/tube.

Using the binding rings to hold the pages togeter makes it easy for anyone to create it!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Creative paper cutting and paper art







「文人政事」洪新富生態紙雕技藝超群 趣味研發變化多端

Modern embroidery and creative stitching

Modern embroidery (黃莉莉作品簡介)

For more information, view her blog at:

~魔莉海洋~繪繡人生~ (黃莉莉的魔莉繡坊).

Paper cutting master

Like to know how to cut this pieace of art work.  View Master Lee's video, you may learn something new on paper cutting!

「文人政事」剪紙國寶李煥章 熱衷研創教學培養傳人

Paper cutting for Chinese New Year Decoration

Here is a simple example of paper cuting for Chinese New Year Decoration

百變剪紙印春 轉紙不轉剪刀 線條更漂亮

Thursday, July 29, 2010

How to make a doll bed

A very creative way to make double decker bed!

The same metod could be used to make a canopy bed too if you apply some creative work of your own!

Tutorial: how to make a doll bed

I used wooden clothe peg to make doll bed and it is very artistic in look. Will post my work on this blog in the near future!


Dexterine Ho

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How to Make Polymer Clay Bead Necklaces : How to Add Crystals to Polymer Clay Beads

How to Make Polymer Clay Bead Necklaces : How to Add Crystals to Polymer Clay Beads

Add some pointy swarovski crystal on the clay and bake it to seal the crystal!

I really appreciate the idea!

If you like to try the same method, remember to get ready the right things needed for your projects when you feel inspire

Watch the video again to list the tool you need, or use play and pause to have time to note down on you own notebook!

Dexterine Ho

Friday, July 2, 2010

How to Make a Dollhouse Lamp Non-Electric

How to Make a Dollhouse Lamp Non-Electric by Garden of Imagination

This tutorial shows how to make a small, bedside lamp. This lamp is non-electric.

It is just a string of beads and accessories that pinned togeter! Nevertheless, they really look like crystal lamp for your little miniature house!

Dexterine Ho

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hamburger: How to Make from Polymer Clay a miniature dollhouse food

Hamburger: How to Make from Polymer Clay a miniature dollhouse food.

By Garden of Imagination

You will find creative solutions to make your miniature Hamburger.

I like the idea of using pepper cone to roll over the surface and edges and create the meat like look on the "meat"!

Cutting french flies look so real and easy to handle!

Dexterine Ho

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How to Make a Cookie from polymer clay

How to Make a Cookie from polymer clay by Garden of Imagination

I like watching the video and learn some little tips on making miniature cookies.

The cookie really look good!

The lady who show the methods is so talented: show us how easy to poke some holes on the cookies using used foil.

Dexterien Ho

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How to Make Drinks for Miniature Dollhouse scene

How to Make Drinks (Beer, milk, lemonade, coffee) for Miniature Dollhouse scene

If you are miniature lover, you will understand the process of making drinks and alike.

If you had purchased any handmade miniature craft, you actually paid very little to get the jobs done!


Dexterine Ho

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cotton Candy for Miniature Dollhouse

I never thought of this fantastic idea:

Cotton Candy for Miniature Dollhouse 1:12 by Garden of Imagination

It is fabulous work!

I never would have thought of that, so glad to see how cotton wool can be use so creatively!


Dexterine Ho

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Flag book

If you like the above Flag Book by Kathy Miller and Diane Weintraub, you may like to learn how to make it from:

Other kinds of book marking guide is available from:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Word-A-Day Journal by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Word-A-Day Journal


Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

"I have always loved the idea of faithfully keeping a journal with something written or drawn for each day of the year. In practice it has never worked. I decided that I might have a chance if I only had to write one word a day and that it was important to keep it small and simple so I wouldn't be tempted to start more elaborately and then quit because I couldn't live up to the expectation. I designed a series of small books, one for each month, that go in a box made from a cereal box."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cutting tapes without scissors 生活智慧王: 徒手撕膠帶

If you are doing some craft work and need to cut out plastic or paper tapes with no access to scissors, this tip will come in handy

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Easy twin CD cover from A4 paper (教你如何去摺cd包裝盒)

If you do not want to spend money to buy CD cover, it is easy to make your twin CD cover from A4 paper!