In today’s post, I will show you how I made a simple but sweet little accordion style book using a watercolor painted sheet of masa paper and a long narrow strip of watercolor paper I had left over after making my own handmade watercolor journals. In case you missed that 4-part series, it begins here.
I began by covering two pieces of 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ chipboard with some painted masa paper I had on hand. I tried to match up the colors on the covers so they would meet when the journal was complete. Then I painted them with Matte Mod Podge in order to protect the covers.
When they were completely dry, I marked the horizontal center and painted a thin line of Mod Podge where I would be attaching the ribbon and then pressed the 1/4″ ribbon in place.
I accordion folded my leftover 6″ x 30″ piece of watercolor paper into 6″ x 5″ sections and burnished the folded edges with a bone folder.
I painted Mod Podge on the back of the last section with my sponge brush.
Then I pressed this onto the center of the inside of the back cover.
Next, I painted the back of the first section with Mod Podge.
At first, I tried to press the folded stack onto the cover. However, I found it was easier to line everything up by pressing the cover to the paper so that I could line up the front cover with the back cover.
Here is the front view of my completed book.
This is a view of the spine which does not open as it is held in place with the ribbon.
Here is a side view of the ribbon edge:
Now I am ready to fill the pages:
These sweet little books are easy and quick to make. Wouldn’t they make lovely gifts? You could either give them blank or add your own creativity to the pages. I am sure your recipients would be delighted!