Encylopaediae as raw material for art fun

Does anyone still use print encyclopaediae? There seem to be a lot of people throwing them out. I picked up some volumes of a 1955 Soviet Encyclopaedia for a lari (approx 41 cents)  a piece.

My grandchildren Lazare (2) and Elene (4) like playing with paint. So I thought I’d see what would happen if I gave them encyclopaedia to paint on instead of the usual paper. I’d already taken out some maps and illustrations, that I wanted to keep.


three volumes some paint and some water


Lazare and Elene get to work on some approved vandalism


Elene gives the illustrated woman a red dress


abstract expressionism over a map


a touch of yellow to some bananas in Guatemala


Elene’s pontillism

This seems a little like the wanton destruction of books to my inner librarian, but it kept the children amused for a couple of hours.

On Pinterest, there are other ideas of alternative uses for old encyclopaediae: Uses of Old Encylopaediae


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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