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Double Accordion

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

Yesterday I viewed a video on Kirsten Varga’s YouTube channel. It is a Double Accordion with signatures.

In the video, Kirsten used gold masking tape to affix the ends together to make the cover. I didn’t have that type of tape so I used gaffer’s tape. Since the tape is two inches wide, I measured an inch on either side of the center for the proper placement. It was a little tricky aligning it inside. Not really enough space to align it.

Double Accordion

I used monoprints to cover thin black poster board for the covers. It is available at Dollar Tree, six 11″ x 14″ sheets in a package.

I didn’t notice until I viewed the photo. The tape isn’t aligned on the inside of the closure band. Matte medium was used to affix the paper to the poster board. The matte medium is rather old and may have been the reason it wrinkled the paper. I sandwiched the pieces between wax paper, and weighted them overnight.

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

I used the three hole pamphlet stitch to bind the book together.
Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Double Accordion

Materials–
Monoprints, paper, matte medium, fiber, gaffer’s tape.

Scale–Bound Closed 3.75″ x 2.75″ x 1″; Open varies 8″ x 2.75″ x 3″


Graduation Book

Friday, May 26th, 2023

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Graduation Book

Materials–monoprints, printed quote labels, fiber, pit-fired beads, ink, sealant.

Scale–1.5″ x 3.5″ x .5″


Book–Indelible Mark

Friday, May 26th, 2023

There are people who can leave an indelible mark on your soul,
an imprint that can never be erased.

Indelible Mark
Long lines represent dashes and short lines represent dots.

Indelible Mark

There are people

Indelible Mark

who can

Indelible Mark

leave an

Indelible Mark

indelible

Indelible Mark

mark on your

Indelible Mark

soul,

Indelible Mark

an imprint

Indelible Mark

that can

Indelible Mark

never be

Indelible Mark

erased.

Indelible Mark

Note Envelope

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

Details

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

Orange–Dots, Grey–Dashes, Black–Spacers

Indelible Mark

Indelible Mark

Materials–monoprints, paper, paint, packing tape, fiber, PVA, tape, metal.

Scale–5″ x 7″ x 1.75″


Memorial Piece

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Five years ago, May 15th my mother died. I rather liked this quote to celebrate her life. And I made her favorite cookie recipe.

Quote Used–Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.

Hearts

Yep, it is hung very near a corner.
Hearts

Materials–paper, fiber, PVA, Frame, paint.

Scale–11″ x 14″ x .5″


Anniversary Book-40 Years

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Anniversary Book

Happy Anniversary; Happy vertically, Anniversary horizontally

Anniversary Book

Wedding Date

Anniversary Book

Ten Years

Anniversary Book

Twenty Years

Anniversary Book

Thirty Years

Anniversary Book

Forty Years

Anniversary Book

Years to Come

Anniversary Book

Envelope for Notes

Anniversary Book

Notes

Anniversary Book

Anniversary Book

Anniversary Book

Anniversary Book

Materials–monoprints, paper, fiber, PVA.

Scale–3.5″ x 2.75″ x .5″


Trust Yourself Wallpiece

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Trust Yourself Closed

Trust Yourself Open

Trust
Trust Yourself Detail

When you start to wonder if you can trust someone or not, that is when you already know you don’t.

Trust Yourself Detail

Yourself
Trust Yourself Detail

Yourself
Trust Yourself Detail

Girdle Clips
Trust Yourself Detail

Trust Yourself Detail

Girdle Clip Ties
Trust Yourself Detail

Rust Paper
Trust Yourself Detail

Materials–paper, rust paper, fiber, PVA, metal.

Scale–(closed) 18.75″ x 14.5″ x 1″; (open) 31.25″ x 14.5″ x 1″


Trust Yourself-Mistake and Repair

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

When you start to wonder if you can trust someone or not, that is when you already know you don’t.

Trust Yourself Front Cover

Raw Linen and Pit Fired Bead Closure
Trust Yourself Cover Detail

Back
Trust Yourself Back Cover

Unbound
Trust Yourself Unbound

When You
Trust Yourself

Left–Start To; Right–Wonder
Trust Yourself

While writing this post, I realized the code on the next pages is incorrect. The first clue was when I paused to read it and it didn’t make sense. A closer look, I found that the code is from the bottom to top. The page was bound in upside down and back to front.

Repairing the book will be a challenge. I bound the pages together at the fold, then used PVA to glue them together. What I thought was a nice little book has now become something else.

Will the pages survive being pried apart to bind the book together?

Left–If You
Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Left–Can Trust; Right–Someone
Trust Yourself

Right–Or Not
Trust Yourself

Left–Comma; Right–That Is
Trust Yourself

Left–When You; Right–Already
Trust Yourself

Left–Know You; Right–Don’t
Trust Yourself

Right–Period
Trust Yourself

Notes Envelope
Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Materials–monoprints, paper, fiber, PVA, pit-fired beads.

Scale–8.5 cm x 9 cm x 1.5 cm Before taking it apart to repair it.

Repair Starts

I was able to pry the pages apart for rebinding the book.
Trust Repair

I wasn’t able to remove the cardstock from the cover monoprint. The cardstock was used to reinforce the front and back covers. I was able to open them, so should be able to stitch to the rest of the book. Time will tell.

Repair Complete

The stitching is a tad looser than the original binding. I originally used UHU stick glue. After reassembling and binding the book together, I added PVA to the cover.

Trust Yourself Repaired

I also used PVA to affix the folded pages together. The reason I do that, is to prevent the viewer from seeing the back side of the embroidery. Because PVA is wet compared, the back of the embroidery became wet. After drying it shows a bit through to the front and the pages look a bit crumpled.

Trust Yourself Repaired

Crumpled and messy would be okay if that was the intent. It would be okay if all of the pages were consistently so. Lesson Learned

I wonder what would happen if I applied a layer of PVA to the paper before embroidery? It would make the paper stronger. I suspect it would also be easier to affix the folded pages together because the paper would no longer be porous. Maybe two sided tape would work.

Trust Yourself Repaired

Trust Repair


Book–Best Time to Plant a Tree

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Quote Used–The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.

The band is made of tree wrap, stamped with metallic silver paint. A magnet is bound into each end.

Plant a Tree

The numbers are code for the word–Plant.
Plant a Tree

Bound together two bits from a Brachychiton, one from a Japanese Maple, and one from a Canary Island Pine.
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple Leaf
All leaves have a protective piece of tissue paper.

Plant a Tree

The Best Time
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

To Plant
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

A Tree Is
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple
Plant a Tree

Twenty Years
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

Ago.
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

The Second
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple
Plant a Tree

Best Time
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

Is Now
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

Code for a Period
Plant a Tree

Envelope for Notes
Plant a Tree

Materials–Monoprints, paper, tissue, tree wrap, fiber, plant bits.

Scale–7.5″ x 6.25″ x 2.5″


Bird Singing

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Robert Louis Stevenson quote–Like a Bird Singing in the Rain, Let Grateful Memories Survive in Times of Sorrow.

Bird Singing

A piece from my memory bowl series is on the shelf. It is sitting on a metal junction box.

Bird Singing

Code Used
Bird Singing

Materials–tissue paper, paper, kraft paper scraps, CMC, fiber, frame.

Scale–11″ x 14″ x .25″ unframed,
Frame–16″ x 13″ x 1.5″


Book–Oak Sleeps

Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Quote–An oak sleeps in the acorn.

Oak Sleeps Cover

Oak Sleeps Front Cover Bound

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Cover, Code for Sleeps

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Back Cover

Oak Sleeps Cover Unbound

Oak Sleeps Front Cover Unbound

Oak Sleeps Page 1

Page 1, Code for the word An.

Oak Sleeps Page 2

Page 2, Code for the word Oak.

Oak Sleeps Page 3

Page 3, Code for the word Sleeps.

Oak Sleeps Page 4

Page 4, Code for the word In.

Oak Sleeps Page 5

Page 5, Code for the word The.

Oak Sleeps Page 6

Page 6, Code for the word Acorn.

Oak Sleeps Page 7

Page 7, Code for the symbol for a Period.

Oak Sleeps Page 8

Page 8, Envelope with notes on book.

Slip knot binding with linen thread that was hand waxed.

Slip Knot Binding

Slip Knot Binding

Materials–Monoprints, cardstock, tree wrap, fiber, acorn, ink, adhesive.
Scale–6″ x 4″ x 1.25″