Today I completed my unfinished projects from the Focus on Book Arts conference.
My proudest accomplishment is the roof on my little mat board house. I worked on this house in Randi Parkhurst’s workshop Doors, Drawers & Windows: Making Interactive Books and Boxes.
Randi recommended this awesome Fiskars border punch to create the shingles – the model is called the Leave it to Weaver Border Punch. Its common use is for creating slots for weaving ribbon in paper.
Randi showed us how to punch a sheet of paper and then simply trim off of the lower edge of the punch area. You end up with a strip of paper that has a toothy shape – this is how the shingles are made. I hand-painted two sheets of watercolor paper in varied shades of blue – one dark and one light. I think the pearly blue paint really made the papers interesting.
Here are a few images of the completed house from different angles:
And here’s a view of the roof from the top. Love it!
The next item on the “finish me” list was the photo album I started in Jacqueline Sullivan’s workshop Calligraphic Paste Papers and Tacket Bound Album. I glued in double-sided, paste paper end pages and they came out great!
Once those were done, I sat and stared at the dangling threads on the spine. I’m not usually a bead person, but I felt compelled to add something more. The beads conquered me.