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Design and create a new cover version of your favourite book

What is your favourite book? What made the greatest impression on you, and how did it transport you to another time or place? Did this book make you laugh and why? Spend some time reflecting on your favourite book, and then design and create your own book cover. Can you extend on some of the ideas in the book to create a humorous play on words? Can you relate these ideas to your every day world and incorporate them into your book cover design? Be bold and experiment with materials. Visit Anna Hoyle’s exhibition Your choc-mint pelvik floor is so boring for inspiration and ideas. Send us your book covers to receive 2 x limited edition Anna Hoyle wrapping papers. Now which book will you choose?!


  • Cardboard, piece of wood, plain paper, coloured paper

  • Gouache, acrylic paint, watercolours or ink

  • Coloured pencils, grey lead pencils, scissors, glue stick, collage materials

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    Monet, The Galette

    Step 1 

    • Choose your favourite book that will inspire your design and creation

    • I chose an old favourite, Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". I also have an idea on how to play with the title, more on that a little further down

    Step 2

    • I’ve decided to design my cover as I go. I want to feature a wave of blue, like a stream, so I start by drawing on plain paper with coloured pencils

    • You can paint, draw, or collage at this point, depending on the images or ideas you have in mind

    Monet, The Galette

    Monet, The Galette

    Step 3

    • I have chosen to make the work on a piece of wood from an old artwork. There is a drawing of a statue on grey paper which I think will work with what I have in mind

    • Next I chose and cut out some images from books I bought at a secondhand store. I also cut out the drawing I made earlier

    Step 4 

    • Before I start gluing, I need to source more images for my collage book cover.

    • I type key words into Google and choose and print images from the internet.

    • I also cut words from the secondhand book – I will use the letters to make the book title

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    Monet, The Galette

    Monet, The Galette

    Step 5

    • Now I have cut out the images I will use, and I start to arrange the background images onto the wood

    • Once I’ve decided on the placement of the images, I paste the background images down

    • Turn the wood over to trim the edges with a craft knife

    Step 6

    • Now I’m ready to cut each letter to make the new title of my book cover. I’ve tried to keep them around the same size, but you don’t need to follow that rule

    • I place them on the desk next to the collage to see if the size will fit into my composition, and how I might place these to make a dynamic cover

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    Step 7

    • Once I’ve decided on placement, I can paste the title down

    • I’ve added a few final embellishments using coloured pencil to bring the design together. You can use paint, marker, ink or pastels to draw over the collage

    • “The Unbearable Brightness of Streaming” is now ready to go on my bookshelf!

    Step 8 > Share it with us!

    Share it with us! Upload a photo of your artwork below and we will share your creations on social media, and send you 2 x limited edition Anna Hoyle wrapping papers!

    IMAGES >  Activity and images by Linda Studena