Brenda Books
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About Brenda Books
Designer and Craftsperson, Brenda Jatho, creates her hand bound journals by going through a process of prototyping until the journal is exactly how she wants it. She uses an array of fine materials to craft the journals including: fine watercolor papers, decorative end papers, beautiful cover materials, ribbons, beads and other accessories. Much of her work is inspired by the artistic needs of artists Gay Kraeger, Christina Lopp and the students of their Illustrated Watercolor Journaling workshops.

"Like so many people I have always enjoyed making things with my hands.  Color has always played an important part for me when creativity strikes.  The many colors and types of paper inspires the making of my books.  It's exciting for me to match paper to create a one of a kind book or journal."
— Brenda Jatho

Each hand bound journal is a unique creation, so we give you the option of choosing a preferred theme when you order. We look forward to communicating with you to determine which unique creation best suits your desires. Please contact us if you have any questions.



Brenda Books Etsy Shop

Book Arts Jam - October 15, 2011

Brenda Books Traveling Journal
This idea came from the 1000 journals project

Bay Area Book Artists

Santa Cruz Open Studios

Educational Book Arts Sites
San Francisco Bay Area Book Arts
University of Alabama, offers M.F.A in book arts
Foothill College Fine Arts & Communication Print & Book Arts

Bookbinding and Paper Suppliers
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Daniel Smith Art Materials
Dick Blick Art Materials
Flax Art & Design - San Francisco store with lots of decorative paper
Hollanders Decorative Paper & Bookbinding Supplies
Jerry's Artarama &The Artist's Supplier & Resource
Moth Marblers


Brenda in her studio
Brenda Jatho in her Santa Cruz Mountain
Studio where she designs and produces handbound books and journals