How-to project: Egg book

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Light

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…

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. You'll need

You’ll need:

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)

Pencil

Scrap paper for a template

Scissors

Paint, ink, crayon or coloured pens (I’ve used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastels)

Glue stick

Thin ribbon (I’ve used a chartreuse cotton ribbon from Studio Carta)

Step by step:

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Cut egg shapes
  1. 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.
The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Write positive words

2. Write hopeful bright words across the middle of each egg.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Add colour

3. Add colour/pattern.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Fold in half vertically

4. Fold each egg vertically (so that the edges line up…)

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Glue the blank sides together

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.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Add a loop of ribbon

6. Before gluing the final sides together, cut a short length of ribbon.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Ribbon loop added

7. Glue the loop of ribbon to the top of your egg.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. View from above

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.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Peace. Finished!

9. Here’s the finished egg book decoration. Please share how yours turn out by tagging @paperhazell on Instagram, @PaperHazell on Twitter and PaperHazell on Facebook.

Happy Spring Break!

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