Books have always served as bridges to our imaginations, but reading isn't the only way to feel the artistic inspiration flowing through their pages. From surreal crystallized books to meticulous literary sculptures, book art has become an increasingly popular craft activity for people looking for new ways to upcycle their book collections.

One artist in England, Nicola Nobo, uses simple origami techniques to fold and crease the pages of hardback books into delightfully recognizable symbols, letters, phrases, animals and pop culture icons, like these characters from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (below):

If you want to create one of your own unique pieces of book art, Nobo offers dozens of downloadable book origami patterns available for purchase on her Etsy shop. Each pattern kit comes with step-by-step instructions for making the design, as well as page number requirements for the book you decide to fold.

Although many of Nobo's book origami designs are simple and understated, there are a few that will appeal to your inner geek — like the iconic symbol of Batman (above) or the infamous Heisenberg (below) from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad."

Continue below to see more of these crafty motifs:

Paw prints

Tragedy and Comedy



Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.