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Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

Hello lovely friends,

I’m back today with my new project for the Finnabair Creative Team.

I love creating books so, I decided to share with you something different this time, a mini accordion book that I hope will spark your mojo and will tempt you to create along with me 😊 I plan to fill mine with photos that I love, from our trips and holidays. What about you?

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Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

I started creating my mini accordion book by working on an A3 heavyweight cartridge paper, applying Finn’s Art Alchemy Impasto paints with a brayer. I built up my background adding more colours, turning my page as I continued to add layer after layer of yummy Impasto paint.

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

I painted the paper on both sides. I can’t tell you what an awesome texture you can achieve using this technique – the page has an almost leather like feel to it. Loooove it!

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

I know I repeat myself, but these paints are just fabulous! They have a very high pigment load, they are creamy and sooo versatile. You can play with them in so many different ways, from working them directly from the tube with a palette knife, a brayer or a brush, creating gorgeous textures, and going to a softer, more watercolour look by diluting them with acrylic mediums or water. They are a must have in any craft room. Just sayin’! LOL

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

When I finished brayering the paint and was happy with the result, I cut out the paper in eight 3.5 x 5 inches panels. As I had laying around on my table a few pieces of deli paper I used to clean my brayer on, I thought I will create my own washi tape using some double sided tape. So, after backing the deli paper with the adhesive tape, I cut it into 1 inch wide strips and used them as “hinges”, glueing the pages together. I left an eighth of an inch gap between the pages to allow the pages to fold easily.

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

To decorate my pages and cover I used a few of Finn’s stencils and rubber stamps (I have used “Dirty Walls” set which is definitely one of my all time favourites!) and some washi tape.

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

For my accordion book’s cover focal point, I created a clear acrylic skin transfer. I printed out on a laser printer a photo of the Colosseum and covered it with 6 or 7 layers of Soft Gloss Gel, crisscrossing the layers and leaving each layer to dry before applying the next one.  When the last layer was dry, I fussy-cut the image, immerse it in warm water and left it to sit for about 10- 15 minutes. Then, I rubbed off the paper on the back, revealing the clear acrylic transfer that I adhered to my cover with Soft Matte Gel this time.

Journey – Mini Accordion Book for Finnabair CT

As a finishing touch, I created a belt closure for my book from a leftover strip of my painted paper that I decorated to match my book, added a metal label from one of the Mechanicals sets and a piece of velcro.

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project and you are ready to create your own wonderful accordion book. 😊

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

And did you know I am now offering my Art Journaling and Beyond Workshop as Lessons a la Carte? This means you can buy now each Lesson from this Workshop separately! 🙂 I’d be delighted to see you in the classroom! 

Have a great day, my friends,

Much love,

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2 Comments:

  1. Sanda, this book is spectacular!! I want to reach out and feel those textures!! The colors are so deep and rich and remind me of jewels! yes, I will absolutely have to invest in some of those paints, you have talked me into it! heehee Which 4 would you pick?
    hugs and love,Jackie

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    • Thank you so much sweet Jackie! They are lovely paints indeed.:) My favorite ones are Jade, Raspberry, Pumpkin and Cobalt if it is to name just 4 LOL
      Much love, hugs, Sanda xxx

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