This Is Not A Book

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I’ve spent the last few months working on This Is Not A Book by Keri Smith. I find this book very hard to describe, so here’s the Amazon description instead.

In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of a “book”, Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that challenges readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used. With intriguing prompts, readers will discover that the book can be.

I’m posting some of the pages I’m pleased with. More will follow in future posts.

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Process: I colored the first page with pastels in the middle and colored pencils around the edges. I covered the page with thin contact pager so the pastels wouldn’t bleed. For the second page, I printed out a secret agent online, and glued it on.

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Process: I used green watercolor pencils for the background and pink pencils for the flowers. The writing was done with high quality, thin tip markers.

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Process: I used  a combination of signatures and hand prints. The hand prints were done by my nephews and with tempura paints.

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Process: No changes. I followed the instructions exactly.

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Process: I worked with watercolor pencils, coming up with the design as I worked on it.

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Process: My son filled out this interview.

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Process: I took a photo of a plate of food, cut it into a circle and glued it onto the page.

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Process: I had young, very pregnant friend draw on this page. I completed the drawings with watercolor pencil. You can definitely tell what my friend had in mind when she did the drawings.

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Process: On the left side is a page of bats, printed out from the internet, and glued on. On the right side are Scooby Doo stickers.

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Process: I photocopied the page and ripped the photocopy into strips. I then crumbled one strip, soaked one in water, rolled a strip, etc. For the final step, I loosely glued the strips back into the book, making sure to leave the new textures intact.

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