A bit of time out

It’s been a stressful week so it seemed like a good time to take a few minutes away from other people to mess about in the studio with some loud music, a bit of paper and some pens.

Going through my stash I landed on one of the pieces I recently painted that I previously blogged about here. I liked it a lot when I painted it but didn’t know what to do with it; whether to work further into the piece, leave it alone, cut it up, make it into a book cover or whatever. It went into my ever-growing pile waiting for further inspiration and today was the day. So this was what I started with:

I folded and cut it into a simple folded booklet.

From the images you can see how the piece is manipulated and folded into a single 4 page booklet. As this is 200gsm paper, covered with a couple of layers of acrylic paint it’s hard to get it to fold down to a book shape without slipping out of alignment so I applied glue to some areas and trimmed where necessary until I had a good solid structure.

Then I got my black Sharpie out. It really felt like a black Sharpie day, along with a ruler and a few homemade stencils.

Well, that’s relieved my brains a bit. Back to the real world.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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6 Responses to A bit of time out

  1. Helen Campbell says:

    you are so clever! I want to learn how to make those “foldy” things!

    • Claire B says:

      They are so easy, Helen. Fold the paper in half lengthways with the design outside so you get a crease along the centre. Then concertina up as you can see in the second image. Cut through part of the middle fold as shown and then ‘squash’ up as per the third and fourth images. Voila! A folded book. With thin paper you don’t need to do anything else but with thicker you need to trim edges and perhaps apply some glue to help it sit right.

  2. Helen Campbell says:

    Ha ha! I shall take your word for it 🙂 Will you be there on Monday? I am working but I may take some time out and pop over and see what people are doing.

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