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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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,