Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flower Vase Book Sculpture

I have been inspired to create a vase of flowers cut out of books. I got this idea from a book I bought called Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson. I loosely followed his guidelines for cutting the spines off several books and cutting the other edge to form the vase shape. Next I glued the spines with Mod Podge and clamped them to dry. When the glue was dry, I glued the spines of all sections together and when that was dry, I was able to form the flexible circular shape. I held the center together with the interior cardboard from toilet paper rolls and more glue (top photo). 

The next part was the fun part, I learned how to  make origami lilies in several sizes and put together paper roses and leaves. I used several different toned book pages to create different tonality in the piece.