Last week I posted instructions for a model of a book structure that combines a pocket/modular accordion book with the panels from Hedi Kyle’s Panorama Book. This week’s post shows you how to make two projects based on that structure: an artist’s book —Waiting for the rain— and a paper toy. We will start with the artist’s book.
If you didn’t make the model last week, I strongly recommend reading that post before beginning either of today’s projects.
To make your own copy of the artist’s book you will need to download Waiting for the rain. Print the first two pages on card stock, and the second two pages on copier paper. I had a light grey card stock so I used that, but white is fine. The file should print on either A4 or 8.5 x 11″. If you do need to reduce the size, make sure to reduce all the pages the same amount.
The printed side of the card stock will be hidden when the book is assembled, but that is the side you work from when cutting.
Begin with the card stock prints. Score the dotted lines on the panels, then cut each page in half by cutting along the centre of the horizontal line between the panels. Finish cutting out each panel by cutting just inside the remaining outer black line. Make a small L on the left panel. This will help when putting the book together later. (I didn’t do that and regretted it.)
The pattern is created by cutting just inside the heavy black lines. I find it easiest to do this if I pierce a hole at every corner, just as I did when cutting out the panels last week. Yes, I also use a ruler to help me cut straight lines.
When you have done all the cutting, set the panels aside. Take your copier paper prints and score a line horizontally on each between the guides indicated below by the pointy fingers. Cut out the pages just inside the black outline.
Turn the printed side of each page face down, and fold the bottom edge up. Using two of the card stock panel units as a guide, fold the top edges down. Fold each page in half vertically so they look like the ones in the image below. (Not exactly like the ones below as I very carefully photographed the book upside down.)
Fold the card stock panel units along the score lines and insert the ends into the openings in the sides of the paper units. Remember to put the blank card stock spread behind the centre panel. Lock the tabs. (Again, if you aren’t sure about how any of this works, have a look back at last week’s post.)
And now the paper toy —a circus carousel.
You will need 5 sheets of card stock and 5 sheets of copier paper for this project. Download Pocket:Panorama Circus Carousel and print it on three of the card stock sheets. Score, pierce, and cut the panels.
Be careful when cutting out the ear tips and horns of the giraffe as they extend beyond the upper edge of the panel. Take the blank two page spread (bottom half of the page below) and use it as a template to make four more blank spreads from the remaining sheets of card stock. (Because the edges outside the panels are relatively small you will need a blank spread to place behind each panel spread.)
Fold your five sheets of copier paper —I used purple but white is fine if that’s what you have— the same way you folded them for Waiting for the rain but use three of the blank spreads to fold around instead of two. This will provide extra ease when sliding the card stock panels into the paper pocket units.
Since the carousel is assembled in the round, gluing a blank spread to the back of each panel spread will make things simpler. After folding, insert a blank spread as tightly as possible into the fold of a panel spread. The light orange area indicates where the glue should go between the backing and the end of the panel spread. Glue both ends.
To complete the carousel, insert the panel unit ends into the paper unit end pockets. Here is the carousel partially assembled. You can see folded paper units and blank card stock spreads in the background. (I glued things together as I went along.) The order of the animals is up to you.
Here is the carousel before it is made into a circle. If you just want a panorama, cut off the tabs on the panels at each end.
The panels are quite tall so I have made them with tabs at top and bottom. This is a bit trickier to assemble than interlocking a single unit. The easiest way I found was to slide the top tabs together part way, slide the bottom tabs together part way, then push both tabs the rest of the way.
Voila —a finished carousel as seen from in front
and from above.
In other book arts news:
You can see popular items posted to social media by the Letterform Archive in this post.
I couldn’t resist using the image of the Olivetti Valentine as the illustration for this exhibition. If you are interested in the history of typewriters, this is meant for you. You can read about the exhibition here and drool over the typewriters here.