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Accordian Art with Jen Matott


I have a little mixed media accordian book here to share with you!  It's super easy to make and would make the cutest gift for someone artsy!  Here's a peek at how I made this lovely reminder why art is awesome!

P1000869I started with a 3" x 3" white chipboard base (you will need 2 of them).  I used a dotted stencil (this one is from UmWow Studios) and spread Textural Accents Whipped Spackle through it pretty thickly.

P1000870Look at that depth... so awesome!  Once it dries, I used Design Memory Craft Gelatos® in Banana from the 50's Diner Designer Color Set, Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color - Green Tea, and Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color - Bubble Gum  to apply color to the texture.  I smoothed with my finger to blend and soften.

P1000873For the accordian part, I cut two pieces of paper 2 3/4" x 11".  One is vellum and the other is watercolor paper or a thick cardstock.  Before cutting the vellum to size, I printed the quote on the paper first with my printer.  Before folding, add Gelatos® in Bubble Gum, Snow Cone and Banana to create the color that shows through the vellum.  Fold both papers together so that it's even and fits well.  


I stapled the ends together to create more texture but also keep sheets adhered without any adhesive.  Glue both ends on the backside and adhere to the boards.  I closed it up and put it under a book to allow to dry properly and the folds will stay nice.  Once dry, I can display it or give as a gift!

P1000871These are so fun to make and can use up some of your scrap cardboard or thicker papers!  Have fun with this and we'd love to see your art on our Facebook page!

Supply List:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color in Bubble Gum, Green Tea, Snow Cone.

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 50's Diner Designer Color Set (Banana color)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Other materials:


Watercolor paper

American Craft Thickers

Tim Holtz Ideaology pen tips


Beacon FabriTac Adhesive



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TracyM #6773

LOVE the texture on the cover and the BEAUTIFUL colours showing through the vellum!!!

katie brooks

super cool!!!!!

Carol Mc

Very fun journal project.

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