From Book to Shrine Part 1
by Eileen Bellomo
This is an easy way to create a shrine for your art and recycle at the same time. You'll need an old book, the size you'd like your shrine to be. Libraries and flea markets are a good inexpensive source.
Rubber Bands will also do the trick.
Brush the glue, a nice thick coat around all edges of the book.
Attach the clamps, binder clips, or hold closed with the rubber bands, and wait until the glue is completely dry.
The book is now completely closed up and ready to be altered and turned into a shrine. Now you'll need a Ruler and a Craft Knife with a sharp blade. You'll probably have to change blades several times. The sharper the blade, the easier this will be.
Pencil in lines where you want the niche for your shrine to be. Holding the metal ruler steady with one hand, begin cutting on the lines with your craft knife. I couldn't take the photos and hold the ruler and the knife, but you'll need to hold the ruler very steady.
It will take several passes with the knife, but you'll cut the cover out and see the book's pages revealed.
Now, start ripping out the pages until your niche is as deep as you'd like it to be. You'll have to occasionally cut through the pages again with your craft knife.
When your niche is to your liking, cover EVERYTHING (revealed page, cover, spine, book edges) with Gesso.
Set the book aside to dry. Now for the fun part.....gather materials for decorating your shrine.Pin It