BOOK IN A BOX – Monotype Printmaking

Students create an accordion-folded book in a small box with a cover they have decorated with a monotype print.

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BOOK IN A BOX – Monotype Printmaking


  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Cardstock Paper - 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") - 1 piece per student
  • Cardstock Paper - 20.9 cm x 27.3 cm (8.25" x 10.75") - 1 piece per student
  • Plastic Sheet (overhead transparency or file folder cut to size) - 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") - 1 per student
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Water Containers
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 3 cm (1.25" x 1.25")


Step 1
  1. Follow steps 1 - 3 of the instructions to fold the paper for the TOP of your box. (Downloads - LargeBox.pdf)
  2. Open up all the folds and place the paper on your desk with the 'X' facing down.
  3. Place the plastic sheet on top of the folded paper.
  4. Make sure it lines up with the outer edges of the paper.
Step 2
  1. Make 4 thumbnail sketches of possible designs for your book cover.
  2. Choose the design you like best.
  3. Use markers to draw your design on the plastic sheet.
  4. If you make a mistake you can remove it with a damp tissue.
  5. The folds have created lots of rectangles.
    - the 4 outside corners will not show once the box is made
    - the top of the box will be the large rectangle in the middle of the paper
    - the sides of the box will be the outside, middle rectangles
Step 3
  1. Place the paper with the 'X' facing down.
  2. Dampen the paper with a small sponge dipped in water.
    - do not get it too wet
  3. Make sure the drawing has the marker side facing UP.
  4. Place the dampened paper on top of the marker drawing.
  5. Gently rub the entire surface of the paper.
  6. Remove the paper from the plastic sheet.
Step 4
  1. Follow steps 4 - 6 of the instructions to finish making the box.
  2. Repeat the process to make the bottom of the box using the smaller piece of cardstock paper.
    - do not decorate the bottom of the box
Step 5
  1. Cut 3 pieces of paper into 14 cm x 30.5 cm strips.
  2. Glue the strips together short end to short end to make one long strip of paper.
  3. Fold one end of the long strip of paper in 10 cm (4").
  4. Continue making uniform accordion folds until the entire strip is folded.
Step 6
  1. Use the folded paper to record a story or research.
  2. Add pictures and diagrams.
  3. Complete all the written work before gluing the book together.
  4. When you are satisfied with your work glue the paper into the box.
    - Glue one end of the accordion-folded paper into the the box top.
    - Glue the other end of the accordion-folded paper into the box bottom.

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