Art Project Series # 2: Pop-up Storybook

I recently decided to do art projects just so I can practice doodling and coloring again. Plus, the art materials I have should not be left unused so why not do something artsy and worthwhile.

During the latter part of October, we had a number of non-working holidays and long weekends in the Philippines. We wouldn’t want to put to waste that much time! So aside from catching up on several TV series and movies, I began my next art project. Yay! The first art project was a hand-painted pair of slip-ons which I gave as a gift to a friend. The one I finished recently was a pop-up storybook which I also gave to a friend. She’ll be transferring to her new work and I felt that transforming her 3-year stay in our office into a legendary (naks) story is fitting and interesting, too. J

You wanna know the story? Here’s the plot: There are 3 girl warriors tasked to protect earth from monsters that spread lies and deceit and corrupts everyone they meet. They defeated them eventually, but the greater enemy was something they never imagined. With their courage and strong friendship, they battle on to defeat the bigger enemy. The bida, of course, was poisoned and she’d have to find a way to heal her weakening heart. The hermit, in the end, advises her to journey on her own and look for the healing potion (and yes, it’s patterned into a song which is geeky and all fun haha). The end part was bittersweet. Of course, she leaves; but with a happy and contented heart. J

Bonus! The red scarf given by her friends in the story was brought to life! Wahaha! I think this is the awesome part of the story. Hehehe!

Here’s the cover page of the storybook.


Pop-up storybooks can be given to anyone, on any occasion. Syempre, because you’ll be pouring your strength and dedication to this project, you might want to give this to someone special like close friends, your parents or your special someone. Hahaha! The whole idea came from Oh Happy Day. J

Anyway, here are the things you’ll need for this project:

 Let’s start!

Reminder: Make sure that you already have an outline of the story you’ll be using for your pop-up book or the message you’ll want to write, if it’s going to be a card. That way, you won’t be having too many problems in the middle of the project. J

  1. Fold your cardboard/paper in half (cross-wise).
  2. On the folded part, cut parallel lines (in pairs, could be the same length, depending on you’d want it). Maximum length would be half of the length of the card, or they’ll end up sticking out when you fold it. Push the flaps (see photo below).
  3. If the paper you used is plain white/cream, you may want to draw or paint the background.
  4. On a separate paper, create the images or letters you’ll display in your pop-up. For the storybook I made, I drew the characters and other sets, and colored it using colored pencils.
  5. After you’re done with all the bits and pieces you’ll be using, glue them one-by-one on the flaps.
  6. Do this for the next pages of your storybook.
  7. Get another clean sheet of cardboard/paper and use it as the cover page for your storybook or card to hide the cut parts. Draw something for the cover page. You’re done!

There you go. It looks easy but it takes a certain amount of patience to come up with a pretty decent work. Hahaha! It took me two weeks to finish this project, but it was all worth it when I saw the final product. Yay!

To more art projects and beyond! More coming soon. :D



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Art Project Series # 2: Pop-up Storybook

I recently decided to do art projects just so I can practice doodling and coloring again. Plus, the art materials I have should not be left unused so why not do something artsy and worthwhile.

During the latter part of October, we had a number of non-working holidays and long weekends in the Philippines. We wouldn’t want to put to waste that much time! So aside from catching up on several TV series and movies, I began my next art project. Yay! The first art project was a hand-painted pair of slip-ons which I gave as a gift to a friend. The one I finished recently was a pop-up storybook which I also gave to a friend. She’ll be transferring to her new work and I felt that transforming her 3-year stay in our office into a legendary (naks) story is fitting and interesting, too. J

You wanna know the story? Here’s the plot: There are 3 girl warriors tasked to protect earth from monsters that spread lies and deceit and corrupts everyone they meet. They defeated them eventually, but the greater enemy was something they never imagined. With their courage and strong friendship, they battle on to defeat the bigger enemy. The bida, of course, was poisoned and she’d have to find a way to heal her weakening heart. The hermit, in the end, advises her to journey on her own and look for the healing potion (and yes, it’s patterned into a song which is geeky and all fun haha). The end part was bittersweet. Of course, she leaves; but with a happy and contented heart. J

Bonus! The red scarf given by her friends in the story was brought to life! Wahaha! I think this is the awesome part of the story. Hehehe!

Here’s the cover page of the storybook.


Pop-up storybooks can be given to anyone, on any occasion. Syempre, because you’ll be pouring your strength and dedication to this project, you might want to give this to someone special like close friends, your parents or your special someone. Hahaha! The whole idea came from Oh Happy Day. J

Anyway, here are the things you’ll need for this project:
  • Plain cardboard or special paper (preferably 170-180 gsm for special papers)
  • Black felt-tipped pen
  • Coloring materials (colored pens, pencils, watercolor, etc)
  • Colored papers (optional)
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • Magic tape
  • Patience and so much love (hahaha) YES THIS IS NEEDED!

 Let’s start!

Reminder: Make sure that you already have an outline of the story you’ll be using for your pop-up book or the message you’ll want to write, if it’s going to be a card. That way, you won’t be having too many problems in the middle of the project. J

  1. Fold your cardboard/paper in half (cross-wise).
  2. On the folded part, cut parallel lines (in pairs, could be the same length, depending on you’d want it). Maximum length would be half of the length of the card, or they’ll end up sticking out when you fold it. Push the flaps (see photo below).
  3. If the paper you used is plain white/cream, you may want to draw or paint the background.
  4. On a separate paper, create the images or letters you’ll display in your pop-up. For the storybook I made, I drew the characters and other sets, and colored it using colored pencils.
  5. After you’re done with all the bits and pieces you’ll be using, glue them one-by-one on the flaps.
  6. Do this for the next pages of your storybook.
  7. Get another clean sheet of cardboard/paper and use it as the cover page for your storybook or card to hide the cut parts. Draw something for the cover page. You’re done!

There you go. It looks easy but it takes a certain amount of patience to come up with a pretty decent work. Hahaha! It took me two weeks to finish this project, but it was all worth it when I saw the final product. Yay!

To more art projects and beyond! More coming soon. :D



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