I'm not one to fold book pages into fabulous, complicated designs, but I admire those who do.
I'm the free-form type, decidedly not methodical, so the project detailed below was just my style.
I filled a large pan with a little acrylic medium and a lot of water. White glue would be a good substitute for the medium. I also collected thin pencils, thicker ones, and fat rolls of waxed paper. These would serve as armatures. Remove hard covers from the book unless you want a straight "stem."
|Oh, but wait, there's more!|
|Took a couple of days, but so fun and simple to do!|
I used spray paint and a touch of brushed-on acrylic paint on mine. Then I photographed it from above. I suggest either white, gray, or black as a background.
Here's another idea to try, if you're more precise and meticulous than I: a butterfly!
(Art teachers might find discarded books and try this with fast-working kids who always seem to need more to do. If not photographed with a digital camera, try scanning.)