Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Arts Tuesday-Lupine Accordion Book

On our recent family trip to Percé, Quebec, we saw lupines all along the roadsides of Maine, New Brunswick, and the Gaspé Peninsula. I thought of the wonderful picture book by Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius (so beautifully told and illustrated with a great message that grows out of the story and doesn't feel forced) and knew that I would make a little memento book on my return. I made two.

For the first, I used green charcoal paper I still have from a bulk purchase when Hatfield's Art Supply in Boston closed many years ago, a cereal box, and wrapping paper from the collage box and drew the lupines with extra fine sharpie markers.

For the second I used a piece of used copy paper (writing on one side) folded in half and no cover. I put some marks with colored pencil for the background, wrote a quote from the book with a sharpie marker,

and made the lupine flowers by carving a pencil eraser with an olfa knife and coloring it with marker. The pencils were old and the carved eraser had a short shelf life, but enough to complete the book.

Video Accordion Book Directions

Written Accordion Book Directions

in Spanish

Detailed directions for purchase: Gathering of Gifts Accordion Books


KirstenK said...

So nice...I love your books..I rencently bought your book, Handmade books for a healthy planet...Have a nice day!

Unknown said...

So pretty! The first one looks like embroidery stitching. When our family went to the Maritimes a few years ago, I was amazed by the pretty wild lupines that I had found so difficult to grow in a garden. You have captured them so well in your little books. Now I want to find that story book to read!

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