I admit it – I have a stationery fetish – pens, paper, notepads, journals, magazines and books – they all fascinate me, all new projects have to have a new notepad or jotter and they all have to be in a different, beautiful pattern or colour! So there was no way I was going to resist this book when Amazon recomended it to me:
I Love Stationery: Inspirational techniques, materials, and practitioners, by Charlotte Rivers. It has chapters on hand-drawn illustration, screen printing, letterpress printing, block printing, digital illustration, calligraphy, papercutting and collage / 3D / Sewn stationery. Each chapter has a brief introduction to the technique, followed by lots and lots of beautiful examples of all different types of stationery created using that technique.
The description on Amazon says ….”Each chapter begins with an explanation and tutorial on the specific technique
featured…” which is basically a 2 page spread with a very brief introduction and a small introduction on the tools required, which personally I didn’t feel warranted being called a tutorial.
However, the photographs are gorgeous and if you are looking for inspiration or to know what sort of effect a particular technique is capable of creating then this little book is certainly a great place to start. There is also a resources section in the back which will be able to point you in the right direction if you are wanting to learn more. It showcases a large number of international designers and makers, so you certainly won’t be short of wonderful websites to look at after reading the book!
And if, like me, you merely want to look at beautiful pictures of beautful stationery, then it really is a must buy!