Little Fat Books


Joy Bathie continues to share her passion for handmade books, with these stunning Little Fat Books (LFB).


I have always loved books and my interest was expanded after attending a workshop at the State Library of NSW in Sydney some years ago, where I learned how to construct a basic hard cover codex book.  Since then I have experimented further and my repertoire now covers “handmade artist’s books” of various types and sizes, filled with colour and texture.  I’m now creating smaller books and enjoy making ‘LFB’s” (Little Fat Books) which are generally 10.5cm x 10.5cm (4” x 4”) square; I love this size, which sits so nicely in the hand.

LFB in greens

This page from an LFB looks through the central circular  cut-out to the following page

Little Fat Books in greens

Here is a the page beneath

LFB in greens with found objects featured

and the close-up view.

Altogether there are five layers of colour and texture, plus clear and printed acrylic windows. Amongst other recycled materials these pages incorporate painted curtain rings and other circular metallic pieces, soft drink bottle caps cut, rusted, and patinaed, and also pulcinella (sequin waste).

This lovely Little Fat Book has a textured cover with nature elements

Here is another LFB, called “Twigs”, with two of its pages.  Again, each page in this book has a central cut-out section to view adjacent pages. 

This lovely Little Fat Book has a textured cover with nature elements

This lovely Little Fat Book in greens and blues


 Joy Bathie lives in Port Stephens, NSW, Australia. You can see what Joy is up to over on her Facebook page.


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  1. BERYL TAYLOR says:

    Love your books and techniques, really interesting site.

  2. wendy butler says:

    I am inspired – My Mixed Media Art Workshops with 5 to 12 year olds are now making Big Fat Books!

  3. Darlene Propp says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea of the little fat books! Yours are soooo beautiful!

  4. Terri Sproul says:

    I just love this

  5. Linda says:

    Curious what do people do with the lil books? Are they just like a decoration? Just don’t know what purpose they are used for.

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