I'm always amazed with the possibilities of these books and it seems every teacher I introduce them to begins seeing all the applications they can use in the classroom.
So let's go thru this one shall we:
Now don't freak out with the supply list. This just lists what I used to make this book but you can use what you have on hand and modify as you need to. As always it's a work in progress!
- letter sized file folder, you could use legal sized your book would just be taller
- tacky glue, glue stick
- glue stick
- paint (acrylic, disk and liquid tempera), markers, pencil crayons, whatever mediums you have on hand
- single hole punch, press punch
- cardstock in assorted colors
- kraft paper or brown paper bags
- coffee stir stick
- craft foam
- Mod podge, optional
- tissue paper
- embroidery floss
We need to re-fold the folder otherwise our book will be uneven. Take one end of the folder and match up the tabs on the side so they are even. You will then have to make a new fold line. Use your finger or a ruler to make a nice flat fold.
Use your finger or a ruler to make a nice flat fold.
Now you know how to make the basic file folder book.
I like to paint the pocket part different from the page.
Let dry ( only takes a few minutes)
Using acrylic paint we painted the front and one of the middle sections turquoise. The back cover and other middle section we painted yellow.
Take a square of kraft paper or brown paper bag. It should be no wider than the front of the book.
Trace a circle on it. I used a masking tape roll. Paint in some sun colors with disk tempera.
Using a pencil draw out your design onto the foam. Push down fairly hard to indent the foam but not enough to poke a hole in it.
Now you can use these clear acrylic blocks if you have them or just some thick cardboard.
I buy some of the small squares every time I go to Michael's as they are usually under a $1.00. I now have a class set.
The advantage of the clear block is it allows you to see exactly where you are making the print.
Tape on the stamp to the block or your piece of cardboard.
The first print is usually too dark and you want the second one.
While you have the paint out stamp a few extras onto the paper as we will use them to make our fan.
For the front cover I want the sun up in the sky so I add some clouds with a sponge dipped in white paint.
Let the clouds and sun dry.
I glued on the sun with tacky glue.
I stamped on the word CODEX as that is what Aztec books are called. Basically any book that has pages is called a codex. The Aztec books were early examples of a folded codex.
I used an 'inchie' and made a stepped pyramid which I painted gold and then added an "A" to it is sharpie. I added the other letters for "AZTEC". I painted in some ground in green and a few stick people.
I won't go thru everything but here are some highlights.
For the second page we added some stencil. Lay down a homemade stencil or bought one and pounce on some paint.
I often save the leftover sheet from cutting with the cricut for stencils.
Apply some glue on the back of one of the prints and press the tissue into the glue gathering it here and there.
Basically you collect some eggshells and you can either paint them or dye them. I always keep my Easter egg or Pysanky dye thru the year. You can make amazing dyed papers with it by the way.
Cut out a base shape out of cardstock. It will show up like the grout in the mosaic so pick a color accordingly.
Lay it on some wax paper. Brush on a little Mod podge or tacky glue. Take a thumb sized piece of shell, place onto the Mod podge and then squish it down with you finger. Continue until you have covered your shape. Don't worry about going over the edges you can trim that with scissors when dry. When the Mod podge or glue has set up enough on the bottom add a top coat. If you do it too soon all the eggshell will move around.
That's it. You can paint a clothespin to hold the book closed or to hold extra info and art.
You can continue to add to this book as you go along.
I just love these books!
See you next time!