Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Hello, my name is Kirsten and I LOVE making books! After my last project making a beautiful little gift box from a plain ol' box from the dollar store I had the idea of creating a box to go inside. 

Here's what I used:

  • cardstock for the main book structure
  • various collage papers, including some printed will a gel plate and stencils
  • gesso and paint
  • favorite Artistcellar stencils to decorate book
  • waxed linen thread and needle
  • awl or something to poke small holes
  • Ribbon and washi tape

The main structure is an accordion which is painted with gesso and paint with a dry brush, stencils and collage papers.

Inside the book are two signatures made from several pieces of collage papers sewn into the accordion with a three hole pamphlet stitch. 

The folded book fits inside the book and stays in place with a ribbon secured to the bottom of the box with a piece of washi tape.

I hope this little project inspires you to create something this week!

Greetings! Thanks for being here.

Sometimes you just want to have a little artsy paper book wherever you go. It’s great to have to jot down notes, ideas, and inspirations. This one I am about to show you would also be great for collecting collage and ephemera of the day (like fruit stickers, receipts, insides of bill envelopes, etc.)

Supplies To Gather:

Your favorite set of artistcellar 6x6 stencils

12 x 18 inch paper

Dylusions Spray Inks


Step 1:

Set out the four stencils on the 12 x 18 inch paper-three on the top and one on the bottom left.

Step 2:

Spray the stencils and the blank area of the paper with a few colors of Dylusions Spray Ink.

Step 3:

Remove the stencils and print the wet stencils on the “blank” area of the paper to add some texture.

Here’s a detail shot of how cool the layered spray inks look.

Step 4:

Fold the paper in half the long way (hot dog bun style).

Step 5:

Fold in the two ends to overlap in the middle, so you have a little book.

Step 6:

Play around with the book and check out how fun it is!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Have an awesome and art-filled day!


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