I made my accordion Sketchbook before I left for Greece. I've used accordion sketchbooks many times during travel. I like this type of book because it holds the whole trip together visually and creates a unique piece of art that has a memorable quality at the end of the journey. They're very easy to make and I'll put a couple of steps at the end of this blog post. Click on the video to watch a walkthrough of the Greece SketchBook.
@lindamcclureart accordion sketchbook of my trip to Greece.#artist #sketchbook #traveltiktok #traveljournal #watercolor ♬ April (No Vocals) - The Young Ebenezers
When I am on the road, I usually don't paint life. Most of the time, I take pictures as I'm out and about and then use those pictures to sketch to create a narrative of my trip. The only tools that I need as a small watercolor kit, a pencil, and a permanent black pigment pen.
Steps to make a basic accordion sketchbook (no cover)
- 30" x 22" Heavy Watercolor Paper (my favorite is Arches)
- X-acto knife and mat
- Bone Folder/scorer