Books with Surprises
This week, we invite our At Home Art Studio community to explore bookmaking and art with surprises. We often make books in the Art Studio as a way to encourage storytelling. Books can be filled with all sorts of drawings and illustrations, and there are countless ways of making them. Design elements like die-cuts and lift flaps add elements of surprise and make artwork interactive for others to enjoy. Below you’ll find how the team explored making their own stories and surprises, we look forward to seeing what you make!
When looking at the materials within her At Home Art Studio, Sara found a soap box that had a die-cut window on the front. She thought it would be interesting to hide a creature on the first page with part of its face sticking out. She decided to make a band book using blank paper, the cardboard soap box, and a rubber band to hold it all together.
Sara used the cover that she cut to trace an outline on a stack of printer paper. After cutting the pages and folding them, she noticed that they stuck out of the edges of the cover. To problem-solve this, Sara cut off some extra paper around the edges so they fit within the covers. She then stacked the paper on top of the cardboard cover, took the rubber band, stretched it over the side and placed it over the spine to bind the book.
Sara decided to go into her textured paper supply she made last week for her At Home Art Studio to create a pop-up and lift flap story inspired by ocean creatures. Sara cut a rock-shaped piece out of her puzzle-piece-textured collage paper then glued down just a small portion of the top of it to form a flap. She folded up the part that wasn’t glued down, then glued the crab underneath the rock onto the book. She decided to draw arrows next to the rock to give a hint on how to use the flap.
Meg found a seltzer package that she thought could turn into an excellent book cover. She noticed the pattern on the packaging would make an interesting cut-out, and give a preview to the book’s content. She carefully cut out the design by folding the box through the center of the shape, and cutting along the fold to get the shape started. One of flowers she looks forward to seeing in the spring is wild columbine, so she decided to draw the flower on the first page of the book and incorporate it into the cover design using the die-cut window.
Meg also wanted to try creating surprises using other materials around the house. So she made a transforming envelope with a caterpillar that becomes a monarch butterfly when you lift the flap.
Audrey looked in her recycling bin to find materials. She got inspired by the top of a cardboard tea box. She cut the lid off of the box, made sure that the covers could still open, and then glued the pages in. Audrey used other parts of the box to make flaps revealing pictures behind them. She says “I thought about tea when I started drawing in my book! I liked making the theme match the materials!”
Mackenzie decided to make a collage book with hidden flaps. She gathered scraps that she thought would work together, using a mix of magazine and scrap paper. To begin, she cut and folded two pieces of colored paper for the cover, and then taped the pages together to bind her book. Inside, she made a hidden flap with a snowflake that reveals a Red Sox snowflake underneath!
Megan has lots of envelopes, and decided to use them to make the pages of her book. The way the envelope flap opened reminded her of an opening door, and inspired her to create one. Megan used construction paper and marker to make the envelope look like the outside door of a house. She gave it a paper handle to lift and open the door.
Megan drew underneath the envelope flap so it looks like the inside hallway of a home. She also created a character out of textured paper and construction paper, and slid it inside the envelope. When you open the door, the character can come out of the envelope. Megan is thinking about creating more scenes on the other envelope pages so her character can travel through the book.
Kate found a cardboard box in her recycling bin. The cardboard came from a cracker box, and she thought the end of the box might make a good door on her front cover. Kate also found some blank paper and yarn with her craft supplies. She cut two holes in the folded cardboard and used yarn to bind her book. She decided to illustrate her book using a ballpoint pen. Kate liked the idea of exploring her house and finding surprising things! On the front of the book, the character finds something behind a door that says “HOO’s there?” (HOO could it be?)
Inside the book, the characters open up windows and shine lights in dark places to find new friends there.
Sophie wanted to use recycled paper for her book, as a way to reuse materials. She was inspired by signs of Spring.
She created a flap book by cutting out pieces of colored paper and pasting them onto the page. She shows the sun, green grass, birds chirping, eggs hatching, and butterflies visiting flowers. Sophie used bright colors to make her book cheerful.
We look forward to seeing your books and the surprises you create within them! Tag us @carlemuseum and use #AtHomeArtStudio so we can see and share what you are making.