the end - a kaleidocycle

the end - a kaleidocycle artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com Last weekend I needed to create something entirely different, something made just for fun. So, I set out to make a kaleidocycle artists' book! As a person intrigued by math, and geometry especially, I found this project a real treat. And here it is: my very first kaleidocycle, made for my own amusement to celebrate the end of a long writing project and the seeming endlessness of a kaleidocycle.

the end - a kaleidocycle artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

And just for insanity's sake I decided to create the lettering using 6mm tall reverse stencil letters I cut out individually. (Mind you, I've done much smaller crazy letter cutting projects before, with less haphazard results.) While working at the letters I half-purposefully created myself a distraction free zone by placing the letters on my tablet, keeping me from writing anything stupid online until I was all done with the letters and the urge to comment had subsided...

work in progress: the end - a kaleidocycle artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

I'm still taking it easy with bookbinding: lots of fun projects, loads of new ideas, and a new journal for myself in the making. For those in need of a fun paper project: artist Paula Beardell Krieg shared a template for a kaleidocycle on her fantastic blog not too long ago, so if you're itching to make one yourself, her blog is a great place to start! She frequently features brilliant projects, often with templates/instructions, so, off you go to explore!