Folded Or Sewn BooksExtract from If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint • By Diane Culhane • Published by Quarry Books
If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint
I love little things. They are treasures that can be easily held and stored in nooks and crannies. There is nothing better than making a little book with pages that are sewn together or folded into one another (no need to bind them). These small painted books are handy when a doodle attack comes on. Store them in your pocket or bag for easy access. Be sure to also keep various pens or markers around so you will have a variety of tools to choose from while doodling. If your paper has a dark background, use a light or white pen. If the background is light, use a dark or black pen. These value contrasts make for a more dynamic doodle and create interest for the viewer. I used three folded pages, but you can use as many as you want.
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After the paint dries, decide what size pages you want for your book and then double the length, because you will be folding the pages in half. Any size works well for doodling. Making a larger folded book, such as 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm), which will be 6" x 12" (15 x 30.5 cm) before folding, will give you some wiggle room. For small folded books, I like a sheet that is 3" x 41/2" (7.5 x 11.5 cm), or 3" x 9" (7.5 x 23 cm) before folding. After measuring out the pages on your watercolor paper, cut or tear the edges.
A cut edge is clean and precise; a torn edge is a little bit raggedy and has a less refined look. To tear the edge, fold the paper first to get a really good crease. Place a straightedge on the crease and pull up on the paper to tear along the edge. I love a torn edge, as it produces a beautiful presentation. Either method works well for the finished pages of the folded or sewn book.
Now you are ready to doodle to your heart’s content. On a warm or lighter background color, use a dark-colored line. On a cool or darker background, use a light-colored line.
Apply gesso to watercolor paper.
Fold the pages into one another.
Sew the pages together.
Dark line on top of warm-colored background
Filling in with colored pencils