Saturday, May 3, 2008

My Spring Accordion Visual Journal

Front cover

Forgot to post my sample book - still a work in progress - for the last workshop I taught - The covers are light cardboard or tagboard cut into 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" squares covered with paper - the accordion is made out of 12 x 12 pages from the Spring collection book of paper from JoAnn's - folded in 1/2 and then in 1/2 again to form folded squares then glued together to form the accordion - the covers were added last - I added an extra long ribbon (glued between back cover and last accordion fold) so that I can wrap it a few times around the book (criss-crossed) and then tied in a bow in the front - other materials used were crackle paints, colored pens, inks, stamps, Neocolor II watersoluble crayons, baby wipes, acrylic paints, water colors. Comments and questions are welcomed - Enjoy!

Front cover untied - the word "HOPE" came to light after a guided meditation and becomes the theme of the book

Accordion book opened - the left hand pages are the completed pages - the pages on the right hand side are pastel pages untouched

First 2-page spread - pocket with tags on left - lift tab and journaling on right

Page 1 close-up of pocket(A Journey...) with tags - "Every Success Starts with a Plan" and "What Are You Thinking?"

Close-up page 2 - with flap closed marked "Start" - lift up wooden painted heart to reveal...

...the message "A Lesson in Becoming Myself" - with flap opened

Flap closed - marked "Start"

Back Cover in various stages - showing close-up of crackle paint