Book, Line and Sinker…

Accordion Book entertainment is irresistible.

Two more Flag Books contain the tags from my eco prints last year.

Inside the three Flag books:

Tags from manila labels and from my eco printed papers. End papers from paste papers and eco printed paper and canvas.

Flag Book covers with ties:

Books standing and lying:




And some books for the grandchildren: accordion structures, with photos, stickers, and “flags” affixed, multiple shapes possible. Watercolour paper painted by the children and saved by their Nana, then cut up to use as accordion book pages created with photos, stickers, flags, recycled papers, ribbons, cords, buttons and more paints and crayons. The reverse of these accordions are intended for children to paint more layers on, add more stickers…

Various wraparound cord/ribbon ties with buttons or knots as closures on my eco tag Flag Books. Attached at the spine, at one fore edge or both.




Flag Book Fun

Practice continues…this time I folded the accordion a bit better and lined up the tags more evenly. Good lighting helps! And not after midnight, no matter how desperate I am to create…

Raw materials for this flag book are two beaten up (thrift store) wee books about Thomas the Train Engine, my three-year old grandson's fave.

The book covers (reversed) and some of the salvageable pictures ( no text) were glued onto small manila labels, as reported in the previous post. The middle row of tag “flags” was trimmed a tad to make them fit between the upper and lower rows. The endpapers are 140 lb watercolour paste papers with a wiggly train track motif. The endpapers enclose the last panels on each end of the accordion, glued in place with PVA and pressed overnight under books and bricks.

Now the pics:

Inside the book:

Book closed, covers visible. I used the insides of the original book covers. The flags stick out beyond the edges of the covers. And why not?

With the upper and lower rows of flags pointing to the viewer:


Close up of the end paper: traditional paste paper decorated with acrylic paint mixed with cooked corn starch and combed to give the “train track” pattern. Thick watercolour paper strengthens the covers and traps the last panels of the accordion securely:

Well it is Rosh Hashanah this weekend! A sweet new year to all my readers!

Circled accordion shows the backs of the flags:

It is fun trying out different ways to display the book!

I made the book readable from many angles so you have to turn the flags this way and that. And why not.

Next, two more flag books for two more grandchildren. And two more for Nana. As I said this is way too much fun…





Eco printed book covers

The covers of the Flag Book are glued down and with books and bricks, put under pressure to flatten them.

The Flag Book, an informal structure invented by book artist, Hedi Kyle, is understandably popular! It is such fun! Thanks to Hedi's generosity, it has been freely adopted and creatively adapted. The one I have created as a practice piece is a basic form that encloses three rows of manila and watercolour paper tags (” flags”), two rows unfolding to the right and fhe third (centre) row, unfolding to the left. The tags record information about the textiles in my show “Forest Floor”. Using up my stash in many ways!

After flattening: the inside covers or end papers (made from eco printed canvas) enclose the three rows of “flags”:

Below: The front covers and the accordion spine, seen from the back.

Some of the tags in the the centre row (see above) are cut from eco printed papers.

I cut all the centre tags slightly narrower than the manila tags in so that they would pop out easily from between the two rows of “flags”. I attached three 22″ lengths of accordion- folded drawing paper with strips of (nearly invisible ) adhesive-backed paper hinge tape. The wrapping tie was sandwiched between the front cover and the inside covers, then glued with PVA:

The book with wrapped with cord : I have to learn how to fold the signatures evenly!

Cover, cord and closure details: rose leaf print, braided machined cords, mother-of-pearl button.

Rose leaf prints on 140 lb water colour paper. The purple-blue spot is chokecherry fruit colour that soaked through from the papers on the next layer in the stack.

The last image is of the second cover: contact prints from rose leaves and chokecherry fruit. Note the colours of the contact print as compared to the print that arrived by dye leaking from the papers above.

The tiny cherry pit served to emboss the paper- like the dead rose-eating beetle shown in a previous image!

September Papers


Since last post I have become a book arts addict…oy. That came about as a result of researching the scroll form as a way to present my eco printed textiles for my Forest Floor exhibition last month.One scroll led to another, shall we say. Of course, I have not abandoned my textiles – instead, I have another way to display them – as books! I am now a member of the Canadian Book Binding and Book Arts Guild, and about to attend my first meeting. I have even made two humble little books using my eco printed papers from last year. Plus I have had fun making paste papers coloured with natural dyes. Here are some of the seasonal papers eco printed with plants from my garden this week.

Dye plants : Coreopsis verticillata, culinary sage, Scarlet Sage, rose leaves, perennial geranium leaves, Purple Sandcherry ( prunus cistena), Chokecherry (p. virginiana) and two or three kinds of tagetes marigolds. The plants were sandwiched between sheets of watercolour paper, 90 lb and 140 lb., bundled and steamed. (See the full How -To in my posts from Fall 2011 tagged “eco prints on paper”)

Sages, two kinds:

Tagetes petals and one red- dye coreopsis bloom.


Rose leaf, coreopsis and dead bug hitchhiker

After removing the rose leaf:


Prunus cistena:

Sage (yellow-green) with Scarlet Sage(pink)


Thread leaf coreopsis:

The collection – about two dozen papers:

And now the two little books:

First, a small pamphlet style book with an eco printed cover; paste paper lining coloured with powdered logwood mixed in corn starch paste ; pastel paper signatures sewn with purple waxed linen thread; fleur de lis punched.


Second is the Flag Book! This is an accordion book, with no sewing. It is a kind of scroll.

To make my flag book, I inserted the manila labels from my “Forest Floor” textiles into the accordion spine and created the book covers from eco printed paper and canvas. Much prettier than being stored in plastic envelopes in a three ring binder!

Tomorrow, the glue holding the covers together will be dry. A book and a brick serve to flatten the covers overnight. I inserted a braided ribbon tie between the cover and its lining The book tie came from my stash of machined cords – three cords braided to make the ribbon tie.


The catalogue is from the Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery this summer.