Book Art: Expansion Expression as the Scorpion
I’ve self-bound the first four books of the series. It was a fun, creative process in which I learned about book-binding and experimented with different mediums. After the first four were done, I took a pause…why…well, I was busy so that was part of it.
But it was also because I was debating on how to experiment further with making creative, artistic copies of the Primordial Essences Saga books. They concern four iconic artifacts…four artifacts that I wanted to model for this purpose. But I also wanted to use the book itself in some primal way.
Which led me to this semi-insane idea:
Paper mache book art.
As in, I printed out Expansion Expression and turned it into the Scorpion, the Essence of Expansion, itself via paper mache.
It has been ages since I had ever done paper mache so I had some help and guidance. It went well with such help.
It went well, but it was still a messy, slow process. We mixed flour and water to be the ‘sticky’ to adhere the paper together. The scorpion was built up around a ‘skeleton’ frame. We had to let it dry over a few days before adding the final layer. We ‘cooked’ it in the oven at a low temperature to help the drying process.
After it was sufficiently dried, we glued on the final layers, the text that I wanted to showcase. Quotes that I liked that, quotes that stood out to me, and quotes that were symmetric to be used for the claws.
Here’s what it turned out to be:
It’s truly an expression of the book, like a physical montage. I was flipping through pages trying to find good excerpts…and it just made me so happy to see these snippets again. I felt the flashes of the book’s scenes play through my Neraq. It was like I was reliving it.
I’m going to be doing Containment Collapse the same way for sure. As for TMOL/TCOD…still thinking. But this was a very successful project/experiment that I want to build off of with subsequent book art projects.
Book Art: Containment Collapse as the Clam
The complimentary paper mache sculpture to the Expansion Expression Paper Mache Scorpion. Containment Collapse’s Primordial Essence is the Clam so the shape of the sculpture is my interpretation of the Clam in a closed state. Doing it opened seemed too ambitious at this point. So it was going to be closed, stationary, and plain.
Commissioned Portrait of Ramulein!
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