Beeyonce. Stung by a Bey. Queen Bey. #MondayPunday
The Hunger Games Trilogy.
This was by far the most difficult one to make. A great deal of trial and error took place in the making of this bookcase, particularly on inaccuracy of measurements (TIP: when trimming cardboard, always give yourself about an inch of extra cardboard ie if the books measure four inches x 6 inches, tack on an extra inch on each length just in case your measurements are off..if that makes sense). The standard rectangular bookcase is practically done for you and all you need is to double the base for stability/strength, glue the edges, duct tape and boom, you’re done. A pyramid on the other hand, requires a steady hand or maybe an extra set of hands aka another person with steady hands to hold the cardboard pieces at a specific angle while you glue, duct tape the edges. Of course, I chose the difficult route to simultaneously do all the fastening with one hand while the other (the ring finger, pinky, and thumb fyi) held the two angled pieces of cardboard. As for design, I utilized the color scheme of the cover sleeves with an emphasis on the neutrals and a splash of color. And yes, I ripped out about fifty pages of the Hunger Games and glued them on cardboard pieces and I felt sick to my stomach.
the description states:
My mind is a mess. Commiting to a single image hinders mythought process, terrifying me and leading mmy mind into a black hole of nothing the piece standing before you is composed of unsuccessful prints where I became lost in the process. Why did I choose to continue with an image, knowing I wouldn’t be satisfied with it in the end? To confront my dissatisfaction of those prints, they met the blade of my x-acto knife.
M.C. Escher once said, “I can fill an entire second life with working on my prints.” I too can fill an entire second life with prints and other artwork that did not meet my satisfaction. The process of slicing and gluing down those prints was a meditative process for me. What the image becomes is entirely up to the prints. I usually let them do the talking. Fortunately, I still have plenty of prints leftover, therefore it is likely I will continue to pursue this type of process that feels therapeutic to me.
See what you want to see here. I see my mind, a very confused mind with thoughts reeling endlessly of ideas. I see a self-portrait. I see outer space. What do you see?
Harry Potter and the Homemade Bookcase.
My interest in wanting to create my own bookcase came from working at a bookstore. We had a display of Harry Potter books and memorabilia, including the “ultimate and exclusive book box-set” in a treasure box form for the price of $159.99. I had an awesome employee discount but the company was asking waaaaaaaaay too much and for the folks that actually bought the cheap cardboard treasure box are suckers and bought into the hype. Plus it didn’t include The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard! Can you say died in a car crash?! It’s an outrage. A scandal. Anyways, I’m over it and my personal bookcase ”exclusive” includes The Tales of Beetle and the Bard.
The overall design I wanted to achieve for this particular bookcase was the actual novels itself. It would’ve been easy to strip magazine/newspaper clippings of the film but instead I bought the paperback version of the Sorceror’s Stone at a thrift shop, ripped the book apart, painted the pages with acrylic paint, and scissored the pages into a more formal design. (By the way ripping the book apart felt like ripping pages out of the Bible and yes, I thought I was going to get struck by lightning but it was for a good cause so I wasn’t too worried about it..)
This was a fun one to make. Again this was a gift to my sister. She went through a vampire phase and I became obsessed with the show.
I used a sturdier cardboard box which coincidently was the right width and height to hold the books. I wanted the front to look like a swinging bar door which explains the open flap. There’s a lot of decoration going on and yes, I got carried away but it was so much fun to make! I used pH Neutral “adhesive” which is basically a more controlled, fancy, and less crinkly glue made specifically for bookbinding and paper projects. Homemade bookcases are such a paper project.
For Christmas, I made my sister a bookcase for her Twilight books. The measurement of the cardboard used was inaccurate, my bad.. plus I was under a time constraint so…that happened. I think she was in love with the films more than the books so I focused on designing the bookcase from the film.
I highly recommend making your own bookcase for a series because 1) it’s pricey to purchase the “exclusive box set” at a bookstore and 2) it’s more charming and personal, especially if it’s a gift that way you’re able to integrate favorite excerpts from the novel/film.
This was my first homemade bookcase. Here are some helpful tips I definitley could’ve used: use the right materials aka use the right cardboard you think will be sturdy enough for your book series i.e. if you’re making a bookcase for hardback books then use thicker cardboard and not my shoebox handywork, collect magazine/newspaper clippings you think would be useful, use the right glue for your magazine/newspaper clippings to avoid the crinkle look because Elmer’s glue simply does not cut it, and lastly, allow yourself enough TIME to get this done…when you’re in a rush, it shows in your work, you know what I mean?
thank you mr. @jordanlawlor for the cookie tee. #spacecadetdanceparty