|Lynne Chapman's concertina sketchbooks |
at the SCBWI Picture Book Retreat
by Anne-Marie Perks
If you are like me, you may be one of those illustrators who collect brushes, paint, drawing implements of all kinds and sketchbooks! Another thing that gives me great satisfaction is book binding for art books. Don’t worry! This is easier than that, no special book binding instruments needed of any kind.
At this point, I need to give credit to the person who inspired this article, Lynne Chapman, one of our facilitators along with David Lucas at this year’s Picture Book Retreat. The measurements for the following sketchbook is for ease of carrying in your bag to sketch and paint anywhere; the concertina pages give you flexibility on the size of your sketches. The whole sketchbook can become an amazing record of your journey, moving from one side of the paper to the other.
|Shown, watercolour paper, a ruler, pencil, X-Acto knife and steel straight edge for cutting.|
|Watercolour sheet cut into three strips.|
|Three spreads and a tab for each strip.|
Once you have your spreads measured out, score them with the back end of your X-Acto blade. As you draw the blade down the paper, hold it back from the tip of the blade. The back end of the blade is sharp enough to make a good score but dull enough not to cut through the paper. Don’t press down too hard, but hard enough to leave a nice score. You can also use a dead biro if the possibility of cutting through the paper worries you. Scoring the paper will make a nice sharp fold in the paper
|Strips connected and spreads folded into pages.|
Once the spreads are connected, fold each spread in half. Almost magically, you’ll realise as you fold each page into the scored spread fold, you are making a concertina! Press your fold down firmly, again, use a different clean piece of paper to do this. Particularly with watercolour paper, you don’t want too much of the natural oils from your skin to absorb into the paper.
|Cover one attached to first page of concertina.|
|Cover two and folded paper to cover it.|
|Cardboard cover set inside of folded and cut cover paper with double sided tape on cardboard for attaching the paper.|
|Second cover attached!|
Fini! You are now a sketchbook making wizard! Be sure to wait at least a couple of hours before taking your book out from under the heavy books.
Once you’ve mastered the watercolour concertina sketchbook, try making a toned paper one for your compositional studies and thumbnails! Why stop there? Make any kind of sketchbook you like.