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« on: May 19, 2014 12:38:45 PM »

For the IYP 25 swap I wanted to make something unique for my partner chughes225. I've wanted to make a book painting for a while, inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63824519691605298/

However, I couldn't possibly hack up some books even in the interests of art. It took me a while to settle on a solution, but I finally figured out a way to pull it off. This was my solution:

I used a 12 x 12" wood frame base. Next I cut strips of thin cardboard and gave them a slightly bowed shape and then used duct tape to secure them to the wooden base.

After that I covered the book spines in two layers of plaster tape and allowed them to dry.

I gave the plaster a base coat of black when it was done. Next I found some faux leather textured scrapbook paper, cut strips of that and painted them. I glued them onto the base and then used acrylic to add details based on vintage book spines.

And last I sketched a profile image of Hermione onto the book spines and then painted in the details.

If I do this again I'll make the spines less curvy because the image distortion is a bit distracting. I like the dimensionality of the finished piece though. I just need a better balance Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2014 01:17:24 PM »

That looks like it would be a fun project to do even without the head on it, as a piece to liven up a room. Make a bunch to make it look like a library. Ooh, Halloween decor of making a room a haunted library. Very cool. Thanks for the tute!

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014 11:33:44 PM »

Such an unusual idea and it turned out very well indeed.  I like the three dimensional nature of the piece and how nice that no books were harmed in the making of it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014 07:41:59 PM »

I love that you mimicked the look of book spines without having to chop up a few books; Hermione would be so proud. Great job!

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014 11:48:11 AM »

great idea for getting past the flatness of a 2D book painting!  and a fabulous background for a Hermione portrait Smiley

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