Thursday, March 7, 2013

Subway Art Meet Book Stack

 Until today I had not attempted a subway art project though I have fooled around with sketches for pieces of furniture.  Nothing seemed to really inspire me.  In frustration I tossed my sketchbook on top of a book stack I was working with.

The light bulb lit up above my head.  Just do a small one!

Subway Art meet Book Stack!


It was very easy.  I took two sheets of 12 X 12 scrapbook paper in a tone-on-tone brown.  Taped them together with brown duct tape.  Grabbed a Reader's Digest book from the stack.

I covered the book in the old standard method you used for your textbooks back in school. 

It is nifty that the duct tape mimics the spine of the book.

 Let the subway art commence. 

 Now as I was busy folding and covering the book I thought of a hundred books I have read and enjoyed.  When it came time to write them down, they flew right out of my head.

I used a black and a bronze Sharpie.

As you read down my list, you will see two things:  I have a very eclectic reading list and I do not always spell correctly.

It is, however, just the touch I needed to top the stack of books.

Here is the finished one all dressed up and ready to be the first of the stack.  I liked the look so much I am planning to do the whole stack.  I also decided since the bindings stand out, I will take a paint pen and write my favorite authors on the spines.

I might try printing out a sheet to use as the cover.

I might have to do a spring one.

I might have to go now and finish the projects I was doing before this one got in the way!

See y'all!

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!
    What a great idea Donna - and love how the duct tape looks like binding - and there's so many cool duct tapes out there - oh my head is reeling now.................

  2. Hey Donna; What a Wonderful idea!!!! Now I know what I am gonna do with those sometimes free, or almost free Readers Digest Books that come my way.
    Thank-You so much for sharing!!! :-)

  3. This are so adorable, I love the idea!
    Debbie :)

  4. I absolutely love this idea Donna! Brilliant!!! This would be a great way to help preserve treasured books... that perhaps aren't in perfect condition and need some protecting. I have a few of those. Love it!!

  5. You're the winner as far as I'm concern at the CSI Project! What could beat this? Goodnight Moon was one of my son's favorite books as a child. This would be a fabulous idea to make something like this with all of the fav childhood books listed to make as a gift to a grandchild (don't have any)or for baby showers, etc. Your creativity is bursting out all over!!!

  6. Love this! Oh how I am crazy about subway art these days!!!

    you did a fabulous job!

    Happy Friday :)

  7. cute idea, love the brown duct tape!!!

  8. Lovely work on your altered books Donna!
    You've inspired me to finish one I started a long time ago!
    Shane ♥

  9. Stop it! That's too cool. I will have to copy you, but I have trouble just winging things like that. You did an amazing job laying out the titles and choosing different styles. You are so talented...and you are getting so much done. Please slow down. I'm getting an inferiority complex.

  10. I love subway art and it's a great idea to do it on a small piece like a book. It turned out wonderful!

  11. Cute idea. I like it on the book, very clever!!! Thanks so much for your visit, hope you will come back!!! XO, Pinky

  12. What a Great idea.. love it! I really like the look of subway art....I just haven't done of any in the house yet...thinking maybe this would be a start..... thank you so much for sharing at One More Time Events

  13. Congrats Donna on making the cut at the CSI Project! I knew you'd be a winner!

  14. What a super cute fab idea to personalize your book jacket like subway art!

    Good for you!

    Cute too....

    hugs x

  15. What a fun idea! I love decorating with books and this would make a nice conversation piece.
    I found you today at DIY By Design's Linky. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  16. I love this! Wish I would of done this back in the H.S. days! I'd have the coolest book in school! (=

  17. Goodness, that looked like so much fun to create!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!


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