Bonnie Thompson Norman works full time for a commercial bindery, but evenings and weekends devises new bindings and teaches letterpress printing and book arts classes in her studio in Seattle, Washington. In 2002, Bonnie sent me a new book structure she designed. It is a Jacobâ€™s ladder made out of paper: a woven accordion. I sometimes refer to it as â€œBonnieâ€™s Ladder.â€ Sometime later, I realized that Ed Hutchins had sent me a version of this structure, but with many more slits, in 1999. To make it function, you have to separate the pages because they do not naturally drop open like the childâ€™s toy. Making one is easier than making the traditional toy; all you do is cut slits and weave cards. No adhesive, ribbon, or thread is necessary. An advantage to this structure is that you can arrange the cards until you get a pattern that you like. If you donâ€™t like one card, cut another from the extra scraps and reweave it. This structure changes the painted paper into a dynamic sculpture or interesting card. You will need to paint both sides of one large piece of heavyweight paper.
23â„4" x 5" (7 cm ô°€ 12.7 cm) book
From the book Painted Paper by Alisha Golden. Read our review here.
Crafters will love creating decorated paper, as beautiful as any found in art shops, with this stunning book. It contains a treasury of ideas that includes a selection of 9 projects. These techniques will work on any paper surface, from artist books and journals to greeting cards, collages and more. Create decorated paper as beautiful as any found in an art store and with more distinctive and personal patterns, too. Alisa Golden's methods of applying inks and paints to paper can dramatically alter the appearance of finished works. From artist books and journals to greeting cards, collages and more, these techniques work on any paper surface and give numerous new skills to the crafter. Create dramatic effects using gesso, acrylic inks, watercolour paints, stamps, stencils and more. From ...© 2013 Alisa Golden / Lark Crafts · Reproduced with permission.
Using the pencil, ruler, knife, and cutting mat, divide and then cut the paper into two 22" x 5" (55.9 cm x 12.7 cm) strips (these are now grained short); reserve the remaining paper for other projects.
Select one strip to make the accordion and choose one side to be the front. Place the strip, front-side down, horizontally on your work surface. Fold the strip in half, aligning the edges.
Unfold the strip. Fold each edge in, aligning it with the center fold. In origami, this is called a cupboard because of its shape.
Now fold each top section back, aligning the edges with the existing foldsâ€”like opening the shutters on a window. Turn the folded paper over.
Now it looks like a table. Fold the paper again, aligning the folded ends with the center fold.
Unfold the paper. You should now have a fan fold with alternating valleys and mountains.
Unfold the accordion strip completely and flatten it, arranging it so there is a valley fold at each end; you should see three complete mountains. Measure and mark 2" (5 cm) from the top edge and 2" (5 cm) from the bottom edge on the valley fold at each end.
Place the flattened accordion on the cutting mat. Using the ruler to guide the knife and beginning and ending exactly on the outermost valley folds, cut a slit parallel to the top edge to connect the top marks. In the same way, cut another slit to connect the bottom marks.
Cut the second 22" x 5" (55.9 cm xô°€ 12.7 cm) strip of paper into eight 25â„8" x 5" (6.7 cm x 12.7 cm) cards (you need six cards for the project, but itâ€™s good to have choices).
Note: If your cards are too narrow they will fall out of the accordion. If they are too wide you will not be able to weave them into it. Allowing 1â„8" (3 mm) difference between the width of the cards and the width of the accordion panels is sufficient and preferred.
Weaving the Cards
With the accordion still flattened and face up, lift the long center strip and slide one card under it; slide the card to the left, snug against the end of the slits.
Now hold down the long center strip and, starting from the back of the accordion, weave a card over it and out to the back again.
Make sure the card is snug against the first card.
Repeat the weaving process for the remaining cards, alternately inserting them under or over the center strip and tightening them as you go by sliding them over to the previous card. When you are finished, accordion-fold the book.
Note: To make three 2 3â„4" ô°€ 4" (7 cm ô°€ 10.2 cm) books and three 23â„4" ô°€ 41â„4" ô°€ 1â„2" (7 cm ô°€ 10.8 cm ô°€ 1.3 cm) slipcases out of one piece of paper, cut the size of the paper for the books to 22" ô°€ 4" (55.9 cm ô°€ 10.2 cm) and the size of the paper for the slipcase to 6" ô°€ 51â„4" (15.2 cm ô°€ 13.3 cm), grained short.