This blog has recorded my craft journey during 2013, and as this year has come to a close, and I have gained an appropriate skill level, I will be moving on to produce small scripture books for sale. They will be posted on my website:  http://www.valdastudio.com

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CONCERTINA BOOKS

These books are made from a long strip of paper and folded accordion style. They can be plain  or very elaborate with fancy papers, pop-outs and pop-ups and windows. If you want to see some other types of this book, do an internet image search for “concertina book” or “accordion book”.

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Strong Tower

October 10, 2013
4-1/8
” x 3-5/8″

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A concertina book with hard end covers.

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The front panel is painted painted in watercolor with added pen and ink, and the calligraphy is in black ink. The back panel is a medium gray textured pastel paper (this lends a finished touch to the book and makes it more stable when opened.)

Closeups:

Tower-04   Tower-05

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Yeshua is the Vine

October 18, 2013
4″ square

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This is an unusual design of accordion book in that the center fold is made larger, and then folded back. A window is cut in the face of the fold and a picture is glued behind it, which highlights the picture.

In this book the folded paper is white art paper. The inner folds are stitched together which holds them together. And the 1st and last panels are glued to a soft wrap-around cover. Inside the folds are the text printed on parchment paper backed by a slightly larger piece of purple paper.

G-Vine-02  G-Vine-04

The book looks good on a shelf as a decoration.

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Butterfly House

September 20, 2013
2-7/8
” x 2-1/8″

This is a type of Tunnel Book, where there are two or more layers of folded paper, and “windows” but out of the forward layers revealing what is on the last one.

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The little book is quite small when closed up. But when it is opened up fully, it is 4″ in diameter.

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Below are some other shots from different angles. It really is a fun book style with all kinds of possibilities.

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I have purchased other papers with more butterflies, but also some fun prints, and will be making more of these books in the future.

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September 15, 2013

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3-3/8” x 2-1/8″

Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
are from the Lord

 This is the first of a three-volume set. Each will be of a different color, but all will be covered with handmade-type paper.

WB-1-10      WB-1-12

The unique feature of this book is that the green paper that comprises the “pages” started out as one sheet, 9″x12″ size, and then was folded and strategically cut so that when folded into the concertina it made one long strip as you see. Within this strip are three “pages” that stick out from the strip.  I glued these shut so that they would be neater looking.

Behind the perpendicular pages I inserted a printed “booklet” with text printed on it, which expands on the theme of this volume.

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CALLIGRAPHY – penned with an Italic calligraphy hand. The main text is on the accordion strip, which continues the theme of “Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding”

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Book text:

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Wisdom, Knowledge & Understanding are from the LORD
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Blessed is the name of GOD, forever and ever, to whom belong Wisdom… …He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding… To you, God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me Wisdom.   Daniel 2:20-23

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The Wise store up Knowledge  Prov. 2:16
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By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength and a man of knowledge enhances his might.  Proverbs 24:3-5

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Blessed is the one who gains Understanding.  Prov. 3:13
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The fear of the Lord – that is Wisdom, and to turn from evil is understanding.  Job 28:28   …Wisdom will enter your mind, and knowledge will delight your heart. Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you.  Prov. 2:10-11

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for the Lord gives Wisdom – from His mouth… Knowledge & Understanding
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Praise the Lord!

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House Book

August 15, 2013
2-3/4
” x 6-1/2″

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Named because it resembles a house (I think).

This is a mock-up of mine is of a book from Alisa Golden’s Expressive Handmade Books. Mine has a white cardstock cover with blue stationery for the pages. There’s a lot of folding and gluing to this book. Interesting, though.

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Folded with a wrap-a-round clasp.
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Unclasped
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Opened up, view of the lower edge.

From this view, of the lower edge, you can see the accordion structure of the pages. The top of the pages has been folded to form a point.

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Full view – opened

If I pull out the center page and open up the accordion, I get an interesting paper sculpture.

House05

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Happy Days

August 10
3-5/8
” x 5″ – opens to 28″

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Another accordion book with hard covers.  Front and back of the accordion was painted with watercolor. A couple “windows” were cut out and dark paper “patches” were glued to the back side.

The book covers were wrapped with a decorative paper from the hobby store, and  the circle theme was carried over to the inside (and backside, too). Most of these circles were cut out of paper and glued in place, but a few were painted on.

The book sort of “evolved” as I worked on it. The circle theme gives it a happy feel, I think. I want to letter in some text – but I’m not sure what this will be, so it sit as is for the time being.

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(( I’ll have to confess that the “windows” were a mistake. I had tried to make a popup but made the cuts too long, so ended up covering my mistake by cutting out the popup and putting contrasting paper behind the openings. One thing about creating things – one can make changes along the way to expand on what is happening during the construction process. At first when I messed up on the popups I was so disappointed, but now it’s one of my favorite books. ))

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The Color of Peace

August 6
2″ x 3″ – opens to 11″

This type of layered accordion book add complexity and interest.

Pastel-1

There are slits cut horizontally and the inside paper is folded back in the opposite direction as the book fold – causing a “window”. Then a second strip of paper, cut to fit within the openings, is decorated, folded, and nested into the windows.

Pastel-2

Even all white this is a striking sculpture with the shadow play on the facets of the folded paper.

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BUT I WANTED COLOR!

So I took out the center strip and gave it some color using pastels. I really liked the result. And with this color in mind, I chose a blue parchment stationery paper to cover the covers.

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The end pages of the accordion were glued to the inside covers, and given a blue stain with the pastels. Thus, the covers are parchment on the outside, and colored paper on the inside.

Pastel-4

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Shells – a small notebook

August 8
3-5/8″ x 5-1/8″

Shells1 Shells2

This clever “bound” accordion is assembled with no glue. The front and back covers of the book are covered with decorative paper, cut in a way that they tuck into each other, securing the papers, and another piece of paper is tucked around the spine to keep it together. Then the end “pages” of the accordion strip are tucked into the covers, which holds the pages into the book.

Shells4    Shells3

The book lays flat when opened. In this practice book the accordion was not very long, and I only have three pages in the book. But if I were to do another one, I’d want to have a much longer accordion so I could have 6-12 pages.

One nice feature about this book is that the pages, since they are not glued or stitched into the book, can be removed and a new set inserted into it. Just a thought.

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Designs in Watercolor

July 30
3-3/4″ W x 5″ H

Blues and violets in several textures and designs – like a sampler. Pages are painted watercolor paper.  This book is not meant to be written in but to display the artwork.

The front and back covers are glued onto the accordion – they are mat board covered with colored papers.

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The book folded closed.
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Standing upright – inside
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Back side – standing upright

The marbled effect was made by applying several layers of paint with a sea sponge.

Here’s a shot of all the pages with the book stretched out.

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Aug. 8

Because I had accidentally got some glue on the front of the cover, and when trying to remove it I roughed up the paper – I reworked the cover. Added some colored paper and coated it (and the back cover also) with a gloss medium. Then, when that was dry, I wrote the title in ink. I’m much happer with how this looks – makes it look like there’s something fun inside.

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In The Beginning

In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.

July 17
1″ W x 2″ H

A small concertina book.  Heavy white paper, design and calligraphy in black ink. Folded size 1″x2″ – length of strip is 14″

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