- rhythmically folding the book to make a sculptural piece (spray painted when complete),
- or cutting, gluing, collaging, and painting the book based on a theme (the student's choice). For these books, we found that we could effectively seal pages together with ModPodge, using wax paper to keep the pages from sticking where they weren't supposed to stick, and then putting heavy weight on top of the book to dry. One boy even glued together a whole big phone book and cut out a rectangle inside for a treasure box. Very cool.
Here's a couple of pages from my (unfinished) sample book (with a woodland theme):
When the students are all done with their books (still another week or so) I'll post a few more pics. I plan to do this project again next year, but in the fall instead, so we can be more open-ended with our timing. I've thought about a lot of ideas for themes - songs (I'm planning to make one myself, based on the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which is filled with fabulous visual imagery), famous artists/styles, dreams, events or people in history, family trees, etc. And by starting in the fall, we'll have enough time to add latches, ribbons, lacing, glitter-glue, metallic rubs, clay figurines, and more, more, MORE!!! So much fun...............