You might remember this post from earlier this summer of little accordion-fold samplers I made to test all of Stillman&Birn’s range of paper. I made another one this weekend for yet another demo at University Art in Redwood City.
Here are some process shots and notes.
1) Stick together all the papers in a sample packet together. (Where do you get one? Link at the end of this post).
2) Pick a simple subject that you feel you can paint a few times over and experiment with in different media. I picked a red and green pear, because, why not?
3) Keep drawing and painting across the different papers, trying different media to see how they work on different papers. Try to keep pets off your project.
4) Keep going until you reach the end of the accordion fold.
I forgot to take more process shots so here are some collaged-together shots of the project. The whole accordion fold is at the top and then some favorites, close-up.
Every time I make one of these, I have a blast and I learn something. This time my biggest takeaway was: I really like gouache. I should play with it more.
If you want to make your own accordion book and try out the paper, write to email@example.com and find out how you can get a sample packet.
Answers to FAQs
– The demos I do with these papers are always free to the public, and are paid for by Stillman & Birn.
– No, I’m not a spokesperson for the brand and am not paid to use or promote the sketchbooks.
– Yes, I love the books and use them a lot, but they’re not the only sketchbooks I use.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.