Hey Lovelies! Here is part 2 of my first ever booknook! I finished it, barely on time for this blog this week, in fact, while I am writing this, the glue is still drying xD. I am realizing how much I love to make those kind of things. Just creating things from imagination with all kinds of materials. If you haven’t seen part one, go read it here. This booknook I based it on how Claudia Boon described a part of the world in the book “Helende Bladeren”. I hope I did it justice, but no matter what, I love how it turned out and I hope you do too. Ah, again this won’t be a tutorial, just my journey making one from scratch and I hope to inspire you as well!
I first finished the clay base that I started with in part 1 of this booknook. I wish I could have kept one side loose to make it easier to work with, but I didn’t wanna have gaps anywhere. So glueing it together was the only way to go.
I shouldn’t forget to mention that I also made a dragon’s egg out of clay, that’s the whole point of this book.
For the ceiling I used popsicle sticks. I cut those to size and made them a bit more worn out with a knife. It has to be an old cave vibe, not like brand new xD. Later I’ve painted those with thinned acrylic paint and I had some acrylics with sand in it, that came in really handy. Since this cave is supposed to be under ground.
Here is where the magic will happen most part, painting the whole thing including the egg. I started with a base layer of black. When that dried I used the dry brushing technique to imitate a rock and soil texture. The trick is to use different kinds of colors, like I also used green and brown beside grey for the rocks.
For this I used anything I had around. To be honest, I have a lot of craft supplies around or I get creative to make it. So I rarely really have to buy anything lately. I used paper to make all the leaves for the Ivy and Ferns. Some (fake) moss I had left over from previous crafts. Jute rope to create the roots and a lot of glue to secure everything in. I found this a really fun part to do, since everything came together, but also one of the hardest things. I sometimes struggled to get it in that made it look interesting and not like empty spots or something.
I also added lights, just those led string lights you can buy anywhere. This was one of the things I kept in mind from the beginning. But in the end I wanted also a light behind the egg, to really light that one out. I had to make a little hole for that, since I didn’t plan that on properly xD.
BookNook is Finished!
I had a lot of fun making this booknook! I love how it turned out, I definitely wanna make some more. Not sure if I will keep all myself, or sell them, but we will see what the future brings.
This post, it’s just to inspire you as well to just create anything you want. I hope you won’t copy this booknook, but just take the idea to create something unique yourself. It’s not as hard as you think. And you can make it as hard as you want! I promise it is fun and your bookshelfs will look even more pretty!
Have a wonderful day!
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