Another handout from college
Easy to make, Easy to use sketchbook :) great for landscape artists
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measure 15 cm across & mark in pencil at the top & bottom, this creates the first fold line. fold the paper along the line to create your first page
measure 15cm again & fold the paper in the opposite direction making a zigzag format required to make a concertina sketchbook. continue measuring 15cm & marking the top & bottom then folding in the opposite direction to the last
to join the concertinas, carefully line up one stack with the next...
... i ran out of paper (could only get two concertinas out of my A2 paper so i substituted by folding 3 pieces of A4...
... It is important at this stage to check that the two being joined together will create the zigzag pattern. Once this is done, carefully cut a length of masking tape & apply to create a joining hinge. Turn over & repeat on the back of the join.
making the backboards- cut two pieces of mount card (or in my case, recycled cereal box ^_^) measuring 23cm by 17cm
if you are adding cover to the boards do it now. this should leave about 1cm around the edge of the backboard to allow extra wrap over the edges. (as you can see i used newspaper,yay for recycling!!)
to make sure the board stays in place i used double sided tape at the corners before trimming the corners for the clean finish
glue the finished concertina inserts onto the backboards. Line them up centrally covering the edges of the backboard cover (if you used one). position & smooth down to remove any air bubbles
I chose to use double sided tape instead of glue as it has a tendency to warp the paper & make an awful looking effect whereas double sided tape leaves a smooth professional finish
TIP: to ensure that the covers are completely flat when glued so they don't warp & bend, put them under a heavy book to dry so they have a strict shape to dry with instead of opportunity to bend
if you decided to use glue, once both sides of the back covers are glued your sketchbook is complete & ready to use!!
decorate the cover if you choose to do so.
you could -
start using it, personalize it & have fun filling the pages...
gift wrap it & give it away as a present
something else :) it's yours to do with as you wish ^_^