There is really no limit to what a book can be or what it can be made from. Books have been made from food, fabric, wood, metal, glass, found objects and anything else you can think of.
They can also be about anything you can think of. Or they can be blank, ready to be filled with wonderful thoughts. Here are some examples of people thinking outside the traditional book parameters. Please click on the images to visit their sites and learn more about their works.
This book from Angela Lorenz entitled Soap Story is printed on soap.
Rosemary Furtak created this work.
Amazing artist books from Brian Dettmer.
Robert The's Whimsical cake book.
I encourage you to Google Artist books and Artist's books in images. You will be amazed at all the creative artistry that there is out there.
Marching through our bookbinding alphabet,we are now to the letter H. Leather is one of the most enduring cover materials. Since the dawn of books animal hide has been used to bind and decorate books for all occasions. Half leather means that the corners and the spine are covered with leather and the rest is covered with marbled paper or book cloth. The leather protects the most vulnerable parts of the book from excessive wear.
Lovely sample of half binding from TJBookarts
Beth Antoine's exquisite half binding with marbled papers
Sunday evenings are a ritual for me. I listen to old time radio shows and I plan my week. It's relaxing and exciting and really recharges my energy. (And I need recharging after a weekend of teenage girls at my house!) To plan for the week I: