Book Sculpture Tutorial: The Yin Yang

In this video, I’m going to show you how
to make this book sculpture project that I like to call the “Yin Yang”. I get a lot of inquiries about how to make
this design and I’m happy to share it with you today. Hi guys! I’m Johwey and welcome to my channel. For this project, you’ll need a used book,
a pencil, a ruler, and a pair of scissors. The bone folder is optional but it does help to create crisp fold lines. This book is actually my daughter’s which
she enjoyed reading in 5th grade. She said that if I fold the pages, she’ll
display it in her room as a souvenir. So the first step is to find the middle pages. I’ve already marked where mine is but for a quick approximation, just find the last page number and divide it by 2. Working on the right side, find and cut through the vertical center of the page. Flip this upper half to the left and, working
on the upper right half, use this top edge of the bottom page to mark and cut the next page in 1/8-inch increment. Continue working on the succeeding pages – marking and cutting each page in 1/8-inch increment, using the previous page as a guide and until you reach the top edge. Here I’m almost done cutting the right side of the book. I just need to make 2 more strips. These last 2 strips you can actually just
tear out because they will be too narrow to fold anyway. When you’re done cutting the pages on the right side, flip all the cut pages over to the right, except for the last one. Now it’s time to work on the left side and we’re going to cut the bottom left pages this time. Turn the book upsidedown so it’s easier
to work with, and again mark and cut the pages in 1/8-inch increments until you reach the edge of the book. Use the previous page as a guide to mark the page. So here I am almost done with this side of
the book. I just need to cut the last 2 strips. Again, you can just tear out these last 2
strips since they are too narrow to fold. When you’re done cutting, turn all the cut
pages over to the right so we can start folding. Starting with the first full page before all the cut pages, fold it into a triangle by first aligning the top edge with the spine and then the bottom edge with the spine. Next, fold each of the top strips or cut pages into a triangle. A few things to remember: (1) fold towards the front of the book or away from the cut pages; and (2) fold over the top edge of the
page first before the bottom edge. You should see your triangles start to gradate on the bottom side. When you reach the page where the height is shorter than the width, fold over the bottom of the page first so you can cut the excess paper. Then unfold the page so you can fold it the right way. The reason I do this is so that I can cut
away from the other pages, and I don’t accidentally cut any of the pages underneath. So continue cutting and folding until you
reach the last top strip. The last 2 or 3 strips, you don’t even have
to unfold it after you cut since they will be barely noticeable in the overall design. And I think these last 2 strips, I’m just
going to tear them off. I love how this project is starting to come
together. Ok, so now we’re going to work on this side. Flip all the cut pages over to the left side of the book. We’re going to do the same triangle folds
on this side that we did on the other side. And I’ve started with the first full page
after all the cut pages. This time we’re folding towards the back
of the book which is again folding away from the cut pages. And we’re folding over the top edge first
before the bottom edge. The thing to remember when folding is that the fold line needs to be on the inside where the 2 sides of the book will eventually meet and not on the outer edge of the triangle. This other half of the book might prove to
be more difficult to fold since we’re going to encounter some resistance from the other half of the book whose pages we already folded. But it’s very important that the edges we
fold over are well aligned with the spine so that the triangles are uniform and the
gradation will show properly. So I’m always asked how long it takes me
to complete folding this design. And if you’re curious, this demo took me
an hour to film. Again I’m at that point where the pages
are wider than they are longer. And again, in this case, fold away from the book first so you can easily cut the excess paper. Again, I’m just going to tear out this last
2 strips. So I’ve noticed that this book has a swirly
design at the start of each chapter and I’m wondering if I can expose the swirls on each side. So here’s the swirl on this side and there’s 8 pages before it. And here’s the swirl on this side. So not bad, there are 2 pages on this side I need to tear off. And on this left side, I need to tear away
more pages, but that’s ok. And here’s the completed book sculpture. I hope you guys give this project a try and
let me know how you enjoyed it. Thanks for watching. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. And if you found this video helpful, I would really appreciate it if you give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. Thanks again and have a great day!


  • Ms Cambridge

    Nice Demonstration… very easy to follow…Many Thanks for sharing โ˜บ

  • Vero Klassmann

    thank you very much for sharing! I tried to fold this yin yang book sculpture for so many times. And I always failed. Now I got this helpful video, that's wonderful. I'll give it a try soon. How many pages should the book have for this?

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  • Aida Santiago

    Awesome book fold can't wait to see your next project. I love your work and I feel you are one of the best instructors because you are so through in how you explain the work. Thank you again for your turorials

  • Rachel Collison

    thanks so much for this tutorial! loved the final product

  • Felicita Castiglioni

    vorrei vedere tutorial in italiano

  • Charlotte sills

    Loveed the video… Thanks for sharing

  • Charlotte sills

    Could you please tell us how many pages do you usually have for one of your designs?

  • Ari Mez

    men ๐Ÿ˜‚ i have the same book!!

  • Keith Sparks

    Wow ! . Your tutorials are great and easy to follow. My first book fold good but not perfect, hope to get better . Thanks Keith

  • Ann Axelsson

    I just finished this design, it was such a good tutorial and it turned out really good considering it was my first book sculpture! Thank you for sharing and keep up with your channel, your sculptures are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yvonne Guilford

    You're wonderful. ย  You're such an inspiration! ย  It's a beautiful sculpture.

  • albert preston

    great tutorial I will try and make this after Irma is gone far away from the island Puerto Rico ,the thing is coming by tomorow

  • albert preston

    thanks for your tutorial Irma came and left and I got confused so this book I hat to throw awayย  but I will try it again, I have water and electric power againย  I fell happy thank you once again please show more book sculpture toturials.ย ย  thanks.

  • Bichette breizh

    Wouah, fantastique ! J'ai vraiment envie de le faire, merci et bravo ! (de Bretagne, en France ;))

  • Cristina ZOLO-ZALES

    Bonjour bonsoir et moi en franรงais ou espaรฑol por favor merci

  • susan bedard

    Please put the commentary out of the view to the folding page. Can't see the demostration clearly. Spoils the challenge to fold. Thanks.

  • Nila Pusin

    How wonderful!!

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    Thanks for this great upgrade.

  • Blanca Armida Salas

    Fabuloso gracias por compartir!!!

  • Debra Mosscrop

    Love this. I just started book folding and its so relaxing and you come out with a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  • Mara T.

    I did it thanks so much for the easy tutorial!


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