Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How to make an accordion sketchbook


Inspired after seeing a video on YouTube by Koosje Koene from Sketchbook Skool, I set about making an accordion (or concertina) sketchbook. Here’s how I did it.

(This is the link to the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaZkmsRcKVE and their website is at https://sketchbookskool.com)

The A2 sheets of paper before I cut them down

I’d been experimenting (playing!) with Daler Rowney acrylic inks on some large sheets of paper and making marks in the studio, inspired by Instagram accounts of @emhow1@cbarlowmarrs @miss_magpie_spy 

The Acrylic inks that I used plus the drawing materials I sketched with at the Barbican

I used one A2 sheet of watercolour paper and one A2 of thick cartridge paper. Both were Cass Arts own brand. I cut two strips from each sheet, choosing what I thought might be the most interesting paint blobs. I then marked off a couple of centimetres (to use to stick them together with double sided tape) and divided the rest of the strip into four. Then joined all four strips together.




The London Urban Sketcher group were heading for a sketchcrawl at the conservatory in the Barbican Centre and the colour scheme seemed to fit, so I took it along to work in. I used white pens as well as black and really enjoyed using the sketchbook. Below are some of the results.







I’ve experimented since using some different colours and I think it is a technique that has lots of possibilities!




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