Sunday, June 3, 2012

WINNER and May Art Group!

It's time to announce the winner of our Favorite Tool Tuesday...Just a Bed of Roses!!!  Thanks for all your comments and make sure you email me your info so I can send you a Sharpie Meanstreak!  Let us know what you use it for.  We'd love to even see pictures!

Last Thursday was our May Art Group.  Cheryl was very generous and let us meet at her house (house is a relative term here....her house is more like a French Chateau).  Food is always a big part of our meeting, so we thought we'd have a tea party!  None of us actually drink tea, so it was more like lemonade and strawberries and fondue and cupcakes party....YUM!

Julie, Candice, and Cheryl

Here is a look at our project (unfinished):

We made books out of watercolor paper using old vintage children's books for images and book paper for text.  Mine is a nursery rhymes book.  

The method we used is a kind of tunnel book.  Here's how:

 fold a 21 1/2" X 14 1/2" piece of watercolor paper in fourths (mine is marked so you can see the folds)

fold into eighths

 cut up the middle to last fold

 keep folding until your book looks like this

Next, cut out your tunnels on pages B, D, and F.  Your tunnel shapes will vary according to what you want on your page.

After folding and cutting out our pages, we painted our backgrounds and glued images inside the books.  If you don't like using real images,  take Marilyn's copying idea from the previous post and you can reuse and resize whatever you have.

 I painted backgrounds with watercolor on a few pages and used papers on others
Here's what the first page ended up looking like (without text)

a couple of other pages (unfinished)

We didn't have time to finish off our books, so next month we are binding them.  Be sure to check back for instructions on how to finish your book!

Have you ever made a book?  What materials did you use?  Leave us a comment!

Happy Monday to you!



  1. This looks like fun! I'm going to make one of this nifty little tunnel books today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. This was a very special night. I feel like we all connected and re-bonded. It was a blessing for me to see you all. I also am so proud of everything all of you are accomplishing and getting excited about in your lives. We have all gone through something yucky this past year. I feel like a little bud just starting to open. Soon we will be a very unique and beautiful garden. I hope that what we are sharing is inspiring to all of those who are in need of really unique ART-HIT!! Hugs to all and keep visiting. It is only going to get better!

  3. Those are some pretty girls in that pic! Thanks for the great instructions Amanda! Love you friend!

  4. What a pleasant suprise to come here for inspiration and find I have won the Sharpie Meanstreak. And since I hadn't had time to get out and get one myself I will put this one to good use and send you photo's. is my email.

    This is a nice art class blog.
    really enjoy.
    thank you

  5. Amanda thank you so much for teaching us how to make these sweet little books. I am so excited to get mine completed. I love these times when we meet together creating and getting to know eachother better. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group!

  6. I love it! I am going to have to try this.

  7. Such a fun night at Cheryl's beautiful home. I love you girlies SO MUCH!!!

    xoxo Rena