The symbolism of new life and bright days ahead come together in this How -To project: Egg Book. Hang in a window, or place in the centre of your dining table, surrounded by chocolate perhaps…
Five pieces of thick paper (I’ve cut down a heavy sheet of watercolour into 15cm by 18cm pages or 6 inches by 7 inches)
Scrap paper for a template
Paint, ink, crayon or coloured pens (I’ve used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastels)
Thin ribbon (I’ve used a chartreuse cotton ribbon from Studio Carta)
Step by step:
- Fold your scrap paper in half vertically, and draw half an egg shape. Cut round it, then open out – this is your template. Transfer the symmetrical egg shape onto your five sheets. Carefully cut them out.
2. Write hopeful bright words across the middle of each egg.
3. Add colour/pattern.
4. Fold each egg vertically (so that the edges line up…)
5. Cover each of the blank halves with a thin layer of glue, and join one to the next, and so on. This method of bookbinding is called ‘stiff leaving’, as each page, or ‘leaf’, is reinforced with a double thickness of paper.
6. Before gluing the final sides together, cut a short length of ribbon.
7. Glue the loop of ribbon to the top of your egg.
8. And then finally glue the last two sides together, to create a bookart egg with no front or back cover…as seen from above! N.B. This book is not designed to lie flat.
Happy Spring Break!