Hello! My name is Megan Whisner Quinlan. I have been art journaling and book binding for about 20 years. However, I took a 10 year break from paper arts when I had my first 2 children. About 5 years ago, I came back into journaling after some big life changes, including 2 more children. Journaling had always been a part of my life, especially to work things out in life on paper. When I first started out, I really only focused on making books by hand and some basic collage and stamping. I was intimidated by the amazing art journaling artists out there who could create elaborate, mixed media spreads. When I came back to journaling after such a long break, I decided that I was going to really push myself to learn all the techniques I had been too afraid to try. Painting and drawing have really allowed me to find so much joy in my creative process, and I now almost exclusively create mixed media every day. I feel excited to have joined the art journaling community and you can find me on Instagram @Megan_Whisner_Quinlan or on Youtube: Megan Whisner Quinlan.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Megan Whisner Quinlan: April 2021 StencilClub Stencils
Although I consider myself a Mixed Media maker, I think a close second would be as a book maker as well. I actually think both making mixed media and book making go hand in hand. Often, when I get burned out working in large journals, I turn to book making. When I received this month's StencilClub stencil set, I was immediately inspired to make a book.
Accordion books are some of the easiest book structures to quickly put together. I also really love to create a book as an "individual piece" of art. I try to make each one as a themed interactive project, almost like an extended journal spread in 3-D.
I had a bunch of 300 pound watercolor paper in large sheets that I trimmed down to a 5" x 24" strip of paper.
I used Mary Beth Shaw's watercolor technique to create a background for the sheet.
Allow the paper to dry.
Once the watercolor strip dried, I added this month's StencilClub stencil set in random places with Dina Wakley Marine paint to match the watercolors I had chosen. This also creates a more subtle effect so the background doesn't stand out too much.
Using a bone folder to press down your folds, fold your paper in half. Take each end and fold into the middle crease creating 4 folds. Then fold each square in half. You should have 8 equal folds for your accordion book.
Cut your recycled box into two covers, measuring slightly bigger than your folded accordion book.
Decorate your cover with stencils and acrylics. I decided to have a tie closure for the book, as the heavy watercolor paper made the accordion more resistant once closed. I added about 7" of sari ribbon to the back cover between the page and the cover before I glued it together. Once the front covers was glued down, I let my book press under some heavy books for 24 hours.
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