Friday, July 20, 2012

Rosie Kelly Has Written and Published a Book!

One of my favorite paste paper makers, instructors, book creators and all around people in general, Rosie Kelly, has written and published a book. I have ordered mine, but don't have it yet, so I am copying her article word-for-word to help her publicize it. Her handmade books are beautiful. If they are any indication, this book will be a must have. (I am not affiliated in any way - just love her work and want to share!)

And here's a photo of the book.

Here are some photos from one of the books I made in her Memphis workshop.

Here are some pages from Rosie's books and class members' books.

Here's her marketing blurb, including ordering information. Can't wait for mine to arrive!

Artist Rosie Kelly has an extraordinary gift for designing original handmade books from painted paste papers. How many of us multi-media artists have stacks of beautifully decorated paste papers, but no idea how to best feature them? In Beyond Paste Papers: Artists’ Books, Rosie shares her expertise on painting papers, designing pages, and embellishing a simply bound book. Step-by-step instructions take you from the blank page to a bound softcover manuscript. Along the way you receive inspirational insights combined with tips and tricks to create your best work. Rosie’s artist’s books are housed in the permanent collection of the Newberry Library in Chicago and have been featured in many publications, including Letter Arts Review. She teaches workshops to calligraphy and book guilds throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Japan. At home in Chicago, she paints in her studio and continues a tradition of life-long learning, inspired by fellow artists and teachers.

Beyond Paste Papers: Artists' Books by Rosie Kelly Multi-media artists will love this book to best feature your paste papers. ISBN 978-0-615-64651-0 $9.95 plus tax and shipping. (From her Illinois home to my Indiana one, postage and handling were only $1.50.) To order please contact Rosie at roseykelly [at]

Addendum. Rosie's book arrived this afternoon! Wonderful! She concisely shares her methods and includes lots of photos. Here is the mail I received today. Love the glittery gold script behind my name and address! The same gold was used on the contents page for her signature. Hard to see in this photo, but I realy wanted to share the contents anyway. In case you can't see it in the photo, they include: materials, painted pages, book design, binding, tips and tricks and a gallery.


  1. Thanks for this info--can't wait to get a closer look!

  2. I've just added a little closer look. Her books came in the mail today!

  3. I've been out of the loop, but it sure sounds like you've gotten some great books/DVD's. I'm going to have to look into Rosie's book. Appreciate the heads up on these talented artists.