Do you love origami and paper folding? Then try this altered book technique and you’ll get to fold a whole book!
After watching this altered book video tutorial by Johwey Redington, I decided to try the basic book sculpture: triangle fold.
Altered Book Triangle Fold Tutorial
What you’ll need
– a book (hardcover or paperback)
– a bone folder (*optional*) to help you crease the pages
Folding the first half
1. Open the book in the middle.
Tip:To find the middle, take your total page count and divide it by two.
(My book was 350 pages, so I opened the book to page 175.)
2. Position the book so the bottom is to your LEFT and fold the left corner. Use a bone folder to crease the fold.)
3. Fold the right corner to make a triangle. Use a bone folder to crease the fold.
4. Continue folding pages until the desired amounts of triangles (some people fold all the pages, other people like to leave some pages).
5. When you’ve folded enough pages (or all of them), find your middle page and flip the book so the bottom is now to your RIGHT.
Folding the second half
*Make sure the bottom of the book is to your RIGHT*
6. Fold the right corner. Use a bone folder to crease the page.
7. Fold the left corner. Use a bone folder to crease the page.
8. Keep making triangles. (Fold the same amount of pages for each half of the book.)
How many pages should I fold?
It’s up to you how many pages you want to fold. You may want to have a small book structure, or take advantage of a beautiful illustration in your book (left photo) or you can continue folding pages to give your book sculpture more volume (right photo).
Other options: you can also fold ALL the pages. You can also remove the cover.
You can display the altered book in a corner of your bookcase or lay it flat on a table.
Once, at an art show, I saw an artist use this type of altered book to hold her business cards. Although she was not selling altered books (she was a jewellery designer), her book structure was a showstopper. People were drawn to her table: it was a real conversation starter.
Enjoy your new book structure!
All photos by Jessica Tremblay. All Rights Reserved.