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Book Arts Improv Book #4: Rabbit Glue

Welcome to the oh-so-late result of this week’s Book Arts Improv!

Anyway, here are the themes I was working with this week:

  1. A bad idea for a first date: Tour of the sewers
  2. A non-food that you’re sure you know what it tastes like, even though you’ve never tried it: Coccoina glue – smells so yummy!
  3. What is Wiggum dreaming about? Chasing rabbits

And here’s the finished product – the last Improv book for 2013, Rabbit Glue:

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Rabbit Glue

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Rabbit Glue

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Rabbit Glue

The book is covered in a brownish-grey Lokta paper. The round manhole cover was carved out of bookboard and then covered in Lokta. Additional detail was added with watercolors.

Manhole covers carved out of bookboard

The structure used is a tunnel book, which has been stamped with images of a rabbit. It’s meant to evoke the feeling of traveling down into the sewers when under the influence of Coccoina Paper Glue.

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Rabbit Glue

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Rabbit Glue

Here are the hand-carved rubber stamps I used (I can’t help myself):

Hand-carved rubber stamps

Rubber stamp pad and hand-carved stamp

Included in the book are 3 copies of a brochure warning folks of the dangers of Coccoina Paper Glue, including risk factors for addiction, stages of dependency, and treatment. I figured that people could keep one copy for themselves and give the other two to their loved ones when necessary.

Brochure for Coccoina Paper Glue addiction - by Elissa R. Campbell

Here’s a sneak peak into the brochure:

The exact cause of Coccoina Paper Glue abuse and dependence is not known. However, a person’s lack of craft supplies and creative block can both be factors. Peer pressure can lead to glue use or abuse, but at least half of those who become addicted attend craft shows at least twice a year.

I printed the text pages using my go-to font, Book Antiqua, on Speckletone paper.

I hope you enjoyed the book! As soon as I complete the edition, which will be limited to five, I’ll put some up for sale on Etsy.

I’ll be posting the grand prize winner shortly, and that person will win a set of books that includes each of the four books created during this year’s Improv.

Good luck to everyone!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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