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Pre AP Art 2 » Project 2 -- Accordian Book Utilizing the Power of Multiples

Project 2:     An Accordian Pattern Book  -- utilizing the power of the multiple


 “Take something

do something else to it

do something else to it…”

                                    ~Jasper Johns


Part 1: Push the limits of the page by starting with a singular element and then grow and transform that element through the process of print and layering.  You will choose which ideas you will develop. Follow up with Ms. Fallon with a discussion of your plans and ideas.

Suggested Ideas (or come up with your own): Books, fossils, photographs, stamps, card collection, cows, postcards, coins, birds, houses, butterflies, moths, music, flowers, airplanes, hot air balloons, cars, trains, tools, cups, glasses, hats, pins, etc, etc, etc,.


FOCUS on: Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern and Flow

Planning, composition and design are key here. Ask yourself:

·        How will you show a progression of imagery?

·        How will you show the disinigration of imagery? (How does the imagery break down? How will you take it apart? How will you put it together?)

·        How will the contents of the book build and then fall? (Rhythm -- as in music)

·        How will the content of the page move the viewer through the book?

·        How will the background enhance the main icon?

Look at the work of John Dilnot  >> Little Book Series <<

Also look at the work on this British site:

1. Develop an Icon/Symbol
You will develop an Icon or Symbol that represents a type of pattern that is of the most
interest to you (it does not need to be the type that you originally researched).
An icon is a sign which refers to the object that it denotes merely by virtue of
characteristics of its own.
A symbol is a sign which refers to the object that it denotes by virtue of a law, usually an
association of general ideas, which operates to cause the symbol to be interpreted as
referring to that object.
In other words, the drawing of an icon is similar to the shape of the object depicted and
is thus instantly recognizable. Symbols, on the other hand, may have no visible
resemblance of the object or concept at all.
2. Carve that Icon/Symbol into EZ cut block
That icon will then be carved into a small block of EZ cut. You must use this stamp to
develop and print a variety of compositions.
You will need EZ cut, wood carving tools, an inkpad, and scrap paper.
3. Make a mock-up book
Your stamped compositions will be printed in an accordion-style book. An accordionstyle
book is one that can be viewed spread by spread, or by opening the entire book
and viewing the compositions as a whole. These two types of display methods must be
seriously considered as you build and bind your book.

A Mock-up is a preliminary version of a book. Designers, writers, publishers and artists
create mock-ups to avoid costly and permanent mistakes and to allow for efficient and
interesting formatting ideas to be worked out thoroughly. When completing a mock-up it
is important to measure clearly, document all calculations, and to be as precise as
possible. A precise mock-up will allow for your finished book making to go smoothly.
Take your time; think through your ideas (both visual and conceptual) thoroughly,
measure twice… cut once. Mock-ups must be made to the exact size as the desired end
result (this includes physical size of the covers, pages and the length of the book).
You must make a mock-up book.

You will need these materials: a few sheets of newsprint, some scrap cardboard or
chipboard, rubber cement, pencil or pen, ruler, x-acto knife, cutting mat, scissors.
Your mock-up book needs to be at least 6” x 36” and must contain at least 6 pages of
stamped matter.

4. Work out composition ideas using mock-up.
After your mock-up book is made you should consider the many different compositions
that you may create using your stamp throughout the book. Think again about spreads
vs. full compositions. Consider repetition, variety and rhythm. Consider the types of
pattern you are utilizing as an icon/symbol- how can that content guide the composition
and layout of the book?

5. Build your final PATTERN BOOK
After you have completed your mock-up and practiced printing you should have a better
idea as to how you want your final book to look. For the final book you will follow the
measurements of your mock-up. Be careful when measuring and cutting. You will need
rice paper (Masa) and chipboard for your book’s guts. You must use these materials- but
you may choose any type of paper or fabric for your cover (color is okay for this- it
should relate to the content of your book).
Your final book must contain at least ten stamped pages and must be well crafted.

Turn in by DUE DATE.


These are important terms that you should understand and use while planning, making and thus discussing your work for this project.

  • Rhythm:  unification of parts of a work through measured repetition of accents.
  • Variety:  a form of order in which the organizing principle must be discovered by the viewer.
  • Repetition: the use of similar design features again and again.
  • Balance: visual weight, lightness, heaviness; factors such as value, texture, form, size and color affect our perceptions of visual weight.
  • Symmetrical Balance: the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis
  • Asymmetrical Balance:  lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something; lack of symmetry
  • Emphasis: stressing a particular area or characteristic rather than presenting a maze of details of equal importance.
  • Economy: stripping away nonessentials to reveal the essence of a visual idea.
  • Proportion: the size relationships among part of a work.
  • Pattern: a repeated decorative design
  • Book: a book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.
  • Binding: The cover of the book.
  • Signature: In bookmaking, this does not mean the author's name written out in his hand. It refers rather to the group of pages produced by folding a single printed sheet, ready for sewing or gluing into a book.
  • Spine: the book's backbone, where the signatures are gathered.
  • Edition: All the copies of a book printed from the same plates or typesetting. Additions, changes and revisions are made with each new edition.
  • Colophon: An identifying inscription or emblem from the printer or publisher
  • appearing at the end of a book.



Materials needed:

Paper (white sulfite)

Printing relief ink



Water/ vessel for water


Acrylic Gel Medium

Accordian binding (cutting, measuring, scoring, folding)

Materials needed:

Paper (for the guts – printing paper)

Matboard (for the cover)

Bone folder


X-acto knife

Cutting mat




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