Cindy Crushes Programming: Book Page Painting
I got this idea at C2E2 our local comic con. I saw painted pages of the dictionary and thought I could do that. This craft was very cheap and fun.
- Brushes (Round Sponge Brush)
- Old Junky books
A note about books and book pages: I was lucky to get old copies of Percy Jackson, Shadow and Bone, Crooked Kingdom and Mockingjay and Catching Fire. The books I did not find old copies of were all in public domain such as Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes so I just used the printer to print pages of these works after I found them in a google search.
Step One: Make Stencils Beforehand
Faith Healy made our stencils on the Cricut machine. You can also check out this older TLT post to learn how to turn a photo into a silhouette for a project like this: https://teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2017/07/24/makerspace-how-to-turn-a-photo-into-a-silhouette-and-make-it-into-a-book-page-button-of-course/
Step Two: Preparing the Page
Pick out the book you want to paint and the color. Pick out the page and gently tear it out of the book.
Step three: Painting
Hold the stencil very still and paint the image on the book.
Step four: Let Dry
I did not spend any money on this one since I used items we had. It was so much fun! I plan on framing some of my images. This craft was fast and easy. I used an hour but it could take even less time.
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About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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