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A Few of Our Favorite Things


Today, we wanted to share a few tips on our favorite books (for kids and adults) and some online and local stores which have supplies you might want. Our staff and associate artists added a few of their best books they love for projects and ideas to make these lists.


If you don't buy local, please consider using www.Smile.Amazon.com where Amazon donates a portion towards a charity of your choice. If you want to choose FBAC as your charity to benefit from any of these purchases, we have instructions at the bottom of this blog.


Below are lists for our personal: a) 10 Fav books for kids and parents, b) 10 Fav books for adults, c) Fav kids Supplies, d) Fav Stores for supplies, and e) How to set Smile.Amazon to a charity so they can benefit.




Fav Books for kids and parents:

  1. Esther Smith: Magic Books https://smile.amazon.com/Magic-Books-Paper-Toys-Playthings/dp/0307407098/ref=sr_1_11?dchild=1&keywords=esther+smith&qid=1585161441&sr=8-11

  2. Esther Smith: Making Books with kids (not just books but other art projects) https://smile.amazon.com/Making-Books-Kids-Projects-Hands/dp/1631590812/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2MBK6PGFSNOVT&dchild=1&keywords=making+books+with+kids&qid=1585161540&s=books&sprefix=making+books%2Cdigital-text%2C130&sr=1-3

  3. Cheong-Ah  Hwang : Creative paper Cutting https://smile.amazon.com/Creative-Paper-Cutting-Sculptures-Inspire/dp/1861089201/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1QPC1RMA76COA&dchild=1&keywords=creative+paper+cutting&qid=1585162315&s=books&sprefix=creative+paper%2Cstripbooks%2C129&sr=1-2

  4. H Yamazaki: Japanese Paper Flowers https://smile.amazon.com/Japanese-Paper-Flowers-Kirigami-Blossoms-ebook/dp/B07PWMDY9Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Japanese+paper+flowers&qid=1585162445&s=books&sr=1-1

  5. Christine Schmidt: Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, stencil, and print projects to make for kids https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CVS44H4/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2

  6. S Swake: Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages https://www.amazon.com/Art-Lab-Kids-Printmaking-Media/dp/1592537650/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=printmaking+books+for+kids&qid=1585165448&sr=8-2

  7. E L Howard: Block Print Magic https://smile.amazon.com/Block-Print-Magic-Essential-Designing-ebook/dp/B07NFD7FW7/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=printmaking&qid=1585165382&s=books&sr=1-14

  8. Kawaii Origami: Super Cute Origami Projects for Easy Folding Fun https://www.amazon.com/Kawaii-Origami-Super-Projects-Folding/dp/1631065904/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?keywords=printmaking+books+for+kids&qid=1585165727&sr=8-11-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExUllCNFQxV0taUzJOJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDg5NzY4MTBNNkdTRk9GSVFFOSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUExMDQ2NzUyMjhRUlhSVldYRzZQTSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

  9. Alice Proujansky: Go Photo: Activity Book for Kids https://smile.amazon.com/Go-Photo-Activity-Book-Kids/dp/1597113557/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=photo+for+kids&qid=1585165749&s=books&sr=1-2

  10. Esther Watson: Watcha Mean: What's a Zine? https://smile.amazon.com/Whatcha-Mean-Whats-Esther-Watson/dp/0618563156/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BCJAZTA8PWZ3G60B0F0D


Fav Books for adults:

  1. Esther Smith: How to Make Books (basic good book) https://smile.amazon.com/How-Make-Books-One-Kind-ebook/dp/B0086N79PC/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1585162486&refinements=p_27%3AEsther+K.+Smith&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Esther+K.+Smith

  2. E Zamryza : Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures (fun book structures) https://smile.amazon.com/Handmade-Books-Everyday-Adventures-Bookbinding/dp/16https://smile.amazon.com/Little-Book-Making-Techniques-Beautiful/dp/0770435149/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585165307&sr=1-111800080/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2PDJIWCELAFM4&dchild=1&keywords=bookbinding&qid=1585162535&s=books&sprefix=bookbinding%2Cstripbooks%2C131&sr=1-4

  3. K Ikegami: Japanese Bookbinding (great for slipcovers and basic boxes) https://smile.amazon.com/Japanese-Bookbinding-Instructions-Master-Craftsman/dp/0834801965/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=bookbinding&qid=158514. 62674&s=books&sr=1-8

  4. Rachel Hazell: Bound, 15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects https://smile.amazon.com/Bound-15-beautiful-bookbinding-projects/dp/0857835076/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585163851&sr=1-1

  5. Bookforms: A Complete guide to designing and crafting hand-bound books from the Center for Book Arts https://smile.amazon.com/Bookforms-complete-designing-crafting-hand-bound/dp/1631596055/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585164051&sr=1-1

  6. Christine Schmidt: Print Workshop https://smile.amazon.com/Print-Workshop-Hand-Printing-Techniques-Original/dp/0307586545/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585164092&sr=1-15

  7. J Stein: Rebound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled materials https://smile.amazon.com/Re-Bound-Creating-Handmade-Repurposed-Materials/dp/1592535240/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585165109&sr=1-1

  8. Charlotte Rivers: Little Book of Bookmaking https://smile.amazon.com/Little-Book-Making-Techniques-Beautiful/dp/0770435149/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585165307&sr=1-1

  9. S Covey: Modern Printmaking (digital as well) https://smile.amazon.com/Modern-Printmaking-Traditional-Digital-Techniques/dp/1607747596/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=printmaking&qid=1585165382&s=books&sr=1-9

  10. E L Howard: Block Print Magic https://smile.amazon.com/Block-Print-Magic-Essential-Designing-ebook/dp/B07NFD7FW7/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=printmaking&qid=1585165382&s=books&sr=1-14


Fav Kids Supplies

  1. See and Stamp Jumbo Uppercase Letters https://smile.amazon.com/Educational-Insights-Uppercase-Alphabet-Stamps/dp/B000GKW5C0/ref=sr_1_21?keywords=letterpress+for+kids&qid=1585165855&sr=8-21

  2. Our Adventure Book https://smile.amazon.com/Adventure-Scrapbook-Wedding-Thanks-Christmas/dp/B07G5Q1H5C/ref=sr_1_28?crid=BH3F3FNH43EH&keywords=book+binding+kits+for+kids&qid=1585166130&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=bookbinding+kits%2Caps%2C1471&sr=1-28

  3. Scratch Foam Board https://smile.amazon.com/Cool-Tools-Scratch-Foam-Board-Pkg/dp/B01HONCBGG/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=foam+sheets+for+printmaking&qid=1585166660&s=arts-crafts&sr=1-7

  4. Speedball Block Printing Ink https://smile.amazon.com/Speedball-Water-Soluble-Block-Printing-Starter/dp/B000J09PFM/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1T02RH275H477&keywords=block+printing+ink&qid=1585167062&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=block+print%2Carts-crafts%2C241&sr=1-2

  5. Speedball Brayer https://smile.amazon.com/Speedball-Deluxe-Soft-Rubber-Brayer/dp/B003IFY622/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?ac_md=2-1-QmV0d2VlbiAkMTAgYW5kICQxNQ%3D%3D-ac_d_pm&cv_ct_cx=brayer&keywords=brayer&pd_rd_i=B003IFY622&pd_rd_r=09ffe065-6d04-4231-836c-028c737275d5&pd_rd_w=2lQKd&pd_rd_wg=JzoB1&pf_rd_p=516e6e17-ed95-417b-b7a4-ad2c7b9cbae3&pf_rd_r=D3WBV14ZZV5EPAJRBHEP&psc=1&qid=1585167243&s=arts-crafts

  6. Origami Paper https://smile.amazon.com/Origami-Paper-Double-Sided-Color/dp/B06XW45PMR/ref=sr_1_4?crid=254M16UZV42J0&keywords=origami+paper&qid=1585167726&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=orig%2Carts-crafts%2C234&sr=1-4


Fav Stores for supplies

  1. www.Smile.amazon.com (general items)

  2. https://www.talasonline.com (bookbinding)

  3. https://www.graphicchemical.com  (printmaking)

  4. https://www.dickblick.com (arts supplies)

  5. https://www.jerrysartarama.com (art supplies)

  6. https://www.utrechtart.com (art supplies)

  7. Michaels, Joann’s, https://curiousiguana.com, https://thecolorfulcanvas.com or any local curbside pickup art store, and https://www.wonderbk.com

  8. https://www.bhphotovideo.com


How to use Amazon Smile

Shop on Amazon by using this link. 

Click on the “supporting” section under the search box. Then put in “Frederick Book Arts Center” (without the quotation marks), and select Frederick Book Arts Center Inc, when it is offered as a non-profit, or search in the box that it presents you with when you ask for this function (sometimes done through "account").

All sales made via the above portal will provide a small commission for our center, but every bit helps at this time.


Many Thanks and Enjoy


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