Chunky Books - Photos and information about collaborative chunky books I have worked on.

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Chunky books are collaborative artists books filled with original art, dangly charms, ribbons, fibers, fold outs, pop-ups, mysteries and surprises. (I've seen them called "tactile baby books for grownups".) There are many online groups devoted to participation in these books.

The most common size is 4" by 4", and you may find books including anywhere from 15 to 60+ artists pages! The themes cover anything and everything you can think of. Rules vary from swap to swap, but chunky books are so popular now that you are likely to find a swap no matter the type of art or themes you are interested in.

*I am setting up a new photo gallery of my chunky pages: view gallery.

Some of the photos below link to images of the completed books, or more info about the creation of the pages.


Chunky Pages & Books I've Done:



gallery of chunky pages

Chunky Page-a-thon

I participated in the 1st "Chunky Page-a-thon" at  ATCsforALL.com, October 10-12.

I wasn't sure how successful the "Chunky Page-a-thon" would be. I usually create pages in stages over several days/weeks ... not several pages in a weekend!

I started on my page backgrounds Friday evening and worked all day Saturday making chunky pages. I managed to complete 8 pages (6 to trade, 2 to keep). I ended up trading 8 pages, including my extra Vintage Halloween pages that I had been holding on to.

I really enjoyed myself and made some wonderful trades! I sure hope there is another Chunky Page-a-thon in the future.

Click a photo to view gallery.   OCT 08

gallery of chunky pages



candy themed chunky pages

I Want Candy

My pages for the "I Want Candy" chunky page swap feature a little wheel that changes the candy heart phrase in the window when you turn it. I used patterned papers for my backgrounds, and drew little characters for the fronts .. the phrases match the characters personalities. I made little "Sweetheart" dangly tags from the box tops, and used the "Valentine style" box backs for my page backs.

Click photos to view full larger image.   OCT 08



fear themed chunky pages

Face Your Fears

I created two types of pages for this swap at Nervousness.org (site now closed).

The first type is "Arachnophobia", which feature a little boy wrapped in spider webs with plently of spiders around.

Page elements include printed and handpainted papers, fibers, hand drawn boys with wiggly eyes, spider webbing and plastic spiders.

fear themed chunky pages

The second type of page I created is "Public Restroom". These pages feature little latched stall doors, that swing open to reveal a disgusting facility. There is a bit of real toilet paper on the floor and of course, a "peeper" looking through a hole in the wall.

Page elements include printed and handpainted papers, fibers, brads, hand drawn toliets with glittery goop inside, and of course a bit of toilet paper.

Click photos to view larger images.   OCT 08

halloween themed chunky pages

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

I created mechanical Halloween themed pages for a swap at  ATCsforALL.com.   The main characters have a mechanical element: move the lever and the message changes from "Trick or Treat" to "Smell My Feet", and a foot pops out from under the costume.

Other elements include printed and handpainted papers, ribbons, fibers and shrink plastic charms.

Click photos to view larger images and views of the 8 pages that I am sending in for the swap.   SEP 08

halloween themed chunky pages
vintage halloween themed chunky page

Vintage Halloween

I created Vintage Halloween themed pages for a swap at  ATCsforALL.com.   I adapted some vintage images to create a jointed figure. The mask swings down to reveal a little girl.   Other elements include printed and handpainted papers, ribbons, fibers and handmade beads.

Click photo to view larger image.   AUG 08

africa themed chunky page

I created this Africa themed page for a personal 1 on 1 swap at  ATCsforALL.com.   The mask is embossed aluminum, which has been painted with enamel and acrylics and is framed by glass beads.   Other elements include cut letters, eyelets and fibers.

Click photo to view larger image.   JAN 08


Chunky Books I Have Participated In:

haunted house chunky book

Haunted House Chunky Book

I hosted this project via Nervousness.org (site now closed) - The book was completed in October 06 and is very cool & spooky. Click photo to view more photos and information about the completed book. MAR 07

cheshire cat chunky pages

Monthly Page Swap : May and Jun '06

I participated in chunky page swaps through the first half of this year. I have updated to include photos of some of my pages. JUL 06

crazy creatures chunky book

Crazy Creatures Chunky Book

I have completed my pages for this project, which will include the work of 20 artists. My pages are themed for fantasy Sea Monkeys.APR 06
The book has been completed. I plan to post more photos, soon. JUN 06

heart themed chunky book

Heart Themed Chunky Book

I have completed my pages for this project, which will include the work of 16 artists.JAN 06
Book has been completed. Click photo to view my page and the finished book!JUN 06

More Info at: evemailart

Magic 8-ball chunky pages

Monthly Page Swap : Jan '06

I am participating in monthly chunky page swaps and have posted photos and info about the pages I created for the January swap. Interactive Magic 8-Ball Pages! I think they came out pretty cool.

Click photo for more details and pictures.

nature chunky book

Nature Themed Chunky Book Pages

I have completed my pages for this project, which will include the work of 20 artists. JAN 06
Project has been completed, and I have bound my pages into a chunky book. New photo added. JUN 06

Click photo for more details and pictures.

pink chunky book

Pink, White, Black Chunky Book

I have completed my pages for this project, which will include the work of 20 artists. JAN 06
The book has been completed. Click the photo to view more photos & info about my pages.MAR 06

wicked chunky book

Something Wicked This Way Comes

This Halloween themed collaborative book was my first participation in a chunky book project. A total of 17 artists participated in this project, which was completed November 2005.

Click photo for more details and pictures.


Links:

ATCsforALL.com
This community runs tons of swaps (all types) and there is a feedback system in place to deter unscrupulous traders. Lots of talented artists and friendly folks!

eve mail art calls
Nicci is hosting a number of chunky book swaps. Keep an eye on this page for the latest info.



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