The Odyssey: A pop-up book adventure

The odyssey of the pop-up book, the Odyssey.

1. Generally, I start without an expectation. All I wanted to do was make a pop-up book with all the new techniques I learned for the past few weeks. First I thought I could make funny hats and then I liked how a certain pop-up would make a great umbrella. From there, I challenged myself to think of all the ways someone could find shelter from the rain and suddenly, the Odyssey was conceived!

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2. Make a mini. Once the idea was there, I made a mini mockup. How mini, you ask? Let the dollar bill shed some light and show off my riches.

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3. Make it big. Once I was happy with a layout, I made a full-size version and the broke it apart to prep it for silkscreen separations.

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4. Make separations. At this stage, I knew how I’d be separating the colors, but not necessarily what colors I’d use to print.

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5. Screenprint. You know how that goes.

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6. Cut, fold, score, cut, fold, score. I don’t have any pictures but it deserves its own painstaking step. I timed myself like a proper scientist and it took me 25 minutes to cut, score, fold, and assemble my first book, which I streamlined to 7 minutes by my last book.

7. Behold, The Odyssey!

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Of note:

  • In the end, 15 books survived to the end of the journey.
  • I’ll be making some additional packaging to wrap the books in soon.
  • Pop-up books are tiring to make but I really like them.
  • The same dollar bill was used for all the above images.