I reached out to my Face Book friends to see what the tastes of a 6th grader were. I didn't know if they are into sparkle and glitter or something else. I then took my supplies to my niece's apartment and we got busy. Rather than glitter and sparkle, she settled on "artistic" and "artsy."
So C is for collage and cutouts.
Step One: Prepare the paper. We chose a plum Canson paper. It is a little thicker than craft paper bags so I felt that it should be able to withstand the semester. I then airbrushed the paper in five different colors.
In the process, I also airbrushed some collage pieces (here are pages from a Statistical Abstract book and pages from an A&F catalog.).
Step Two: Mount the pieces to the pre-folded book cover. I dry fit the book cover so I could see where the flat sides would be (and to get a sense of dimension). The pages were hand torn to size and the deckled edges were then colored with a Sharpie to coordinate with the paper and paint.
|Cover with all sides folded down|
|Front Cover (without cutout)|
|Back Cover (without cutout)|
My niece chose Victorian silhouettes for her book covers. These were cutouts that I had previously used for an Opening Night card. Once I enlarged the design, we were ready to mount them to the collaged pages.