Friday, June 21, 2024

Flag Book with Kirsten Varga

Welcome to another bookmaking adventure with StencilGirl® and me, Kirsten Varga! This month I am featuring the flag book. 

The Flag Book structure was invented by book artist Hedi Kyle. The structure is an accordion-folded spine with rows of flags attached to opposite sides of each fold. It is more sculptural than other book structures and the variations are endless. (That is one thing I enjoy about book arts, the endless variations!)

This was the first type of book I ever made! Back in college my professor had our class create multiples of a business-card sized artwork and we had an art exchange with our classmates. We each created a flag book and glued all the cards inside. It is a wonderful keepsake and a showcase of all our mini artworks!

For the book I created for you I am using painted papers from my stash for the flags. I think I will later glue on quotes, poems and fortunes from fortune cookies onto them. But, please don't limit your flags to just paper! You can use wood veneer, photographs, fabric or other thin materials. 

I used stencils to decorate 140lb. watercolor paper for the spine as well as a lighter weight mixed media paper for the covers. I limited myself to a small palette of acrylic paints and layered the designs until my eyes were happy. :)

I created a tutorial video to show you all the details! Find it on the StencilGirl® YouTube channel HERE!

Happy Creating!

Find me on Instagram: @kirstenvarga

Stencils used:

Rock Wall (L897)
Grout (L898)

Other Supplies:

140lb. cold press watercolor paper
mixed media paper (maybe 98lb?)
gel medium
Yes! Paste
bone folder
craft knife and ruler
glue stick
Golden Acrylics: 
Quin/Nickel Azo Gold
Prussian Blue Hue
Sap Green Hue
Transparent Brown Iron Oxide
Burnt Umber
Titanium White

1 comment:

  1. This is so beautiful and I’m going to make one!


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