I cut many of the materials down using either a saw or an x-acto knife. The wire was cut using jewelry cutters. I also hammered the wire to make it flatter. Many of the backgrounds were made using acrylic, water color paints, and spray paint. I cut the paper down to size and put that through my printer to get some of the longer quotes for the book and then used gel pens and micron pens for the shorter quotes. The string was colored with fabric paint and then used to make the pattern on one page and then also used to bind the book together. The casting material was wrapped around the mason board and some of the cardboard from the box to make the front cover, back cover and spine of the book. I squashed down the styrofoam peanuts and stitched them together with the string (also colored by paint) to make another page. The shrink wrapping of the box and of the cating materail were also used for several pages in the book by spraying paint on them partially and also to cover the entire page.
I believe that literacy is very important for every person. By reading books of every kind, fiction and non-fiction, children's books to adults books, open up the world of possibilities. By learning of new ideas and beginning to put them into practice, one has a better chance to make your dreams come true, whatever they may be. So open up a book and let your dreams begin.
This was a fun process. I'm a Graphic Designer by trade so I'm used to using the computer for almost everything. It was fun to stretch myself and see what I could do with some materials that I normally wouldn't consider using.