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Creating Book Art

Updated on June 4, 2017
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Melissa obtained her B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management, minoring in Biology. She enjoys creative writing, art, and gardening.

Types Of Book Art

There are a variety of ways you can approach book art. In this tutorial we are going to go over just one of the ways, creating a hanging book sculpture. Other book art includes creating words, designs, images out of the pages of the book so that when the book opens you have a surprise to see. Yet others, are even more colorful with dyed pages, and more elaborate designs. See the YouTube video below for more information.

Book art really holds no limits as it is really up to the artists own creative juices to decide on what makes their book art.

Book Art - Sculptures From Old Books

Required Materials

  1. A glue gun
  2. A hard back book of your choosing

Choosing your book is the most difficult task, I've seen some artists choose only to create book art out of children's hard back books so the colors really appear in your sculpture, but perhaps your more interested in a muted look and in that case a book with only words will do.

Getting Started

I like to start on the outside and work my way into the middle when creating my hanging book sculpture. I'd recommend this method until you get more comfortable with what you are doing and then the skies the limit for how you'd like to start!

I start by ripping a page out, as close to the binding as possible. Yes, this will seem like a horrible thing to be doing if you are a book lover, but believe me - this is the only way you are going to get your sculpture made!

Take the page that is still in the book and fold it in half, keeping the folded edge rounded. Grab your glue gun and glue the page so that it keeps it's rounded shape.

Next I want you to take the page you ripped out and fold it in half lengthwise, again keeping the folded edge rounded, then glue this page half way down on the page that you just finished.

You should now have two folded bubbly pages popping up part of your book.

Continue this pattern, ripping out pages and building your folded pages onto each other until some have reached different lengths. Some will be shorter, some will be longer and dangle outside of the book when you hold it up.

This is exactly what you want to happen.

Remember you are creating a sculpture. How it turns out is up to you, only you control the pattern you glue the pages onto each other in.

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Woah, cool.