Make Your Own "One Page Book", with Illustrator Elizabeth Blue | Elizabeth Blue Currier | Skillshare

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Make Your Own "One Page Book", with Illustrator Elizabeth Blue

teacher avatar Elizabeth Blue Currier, Illustrator, Comic Artist, Arts Educator

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson One: Choosing Your Paper

    • 3. Lesson Two: The Cut and Fold

    • 4. Lesson Three: The Artwork

    • 5. Lesson Four: Using the Inner Fold

    • 6. Closing, and Some Bonus Ideas

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Learn to create a six page book, which can range from the incredibly simple to gorgeously elaborate, using only one sheet of paper. This class teaches a folding and cutting technique used to make quick and easy books and helps brainstorm new ways to look at visual narrative and the art of picture books.


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Elizabeth Blue Currier

Illustrator, Comic Artist, Arts Educator


I am an Illustrator, artist and Arts Educator living and working in Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. 

Before moving to Oregon, I studied Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art and then Illustration: Authorial Practice at the University College Falmouth, in England for my MA.
I love all facets of illustration, visual storytelling and the making of picture-books and am thrilled to find this platform to both share what I know and expand my own skill-base. 

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Elizabeth Blue, and I'm a freelance illustrator, Comic Cardiss and rights educator. I'm excited to welcome you all to my first kill share class. This class will teach you how to create a simple but very versatile little book, which I call the one page book because it's created at one piece of paper. Out of this one piece of paper, I will teach you a folding and cutting technique. They'll create a six page booklet with an intriguing inter fold, which can be used for added book content and design. In addition to the very basics of creating, this book will look at different options for elaborating on the simple design and using the inter fold for added content in design features. We'll also be able to give you feedback on your final projects, which will be your own little one page. I hope you enjoy this class and please feel free to be in touch with any questions and happy that 2. Lesson One: Choosing Your Paper: the first thing you want to think about when choosing your paper is the paper size. The final book will be 1/4 the original size and with and 1/2 the original size in length. So you want to keep that in mind when choosing paper. This little book, which is about I'm it's just under three inches by just about four inches. Um, it was a letter size sheet of paper originally, so just very in mind, the length will be cut in half, and the width of each page will be 1/4 the original size. After you've thought about what size you'd like your book to be, you want to also think about which medium you're going to use for the finished artwork. If you are using something that is a very wet medium, like acrylic or watercolor paint, then you want to use paper that can withstand the liquid without buckling. So probably a watercolor paper. If you're using a dry medium like chalk, graphite or pastels, then you want to use paper with a little bit of ah, tooth on it that has some grating that grabs the dusty nous of the media. If you're using simple line work that's not too liquidy, it's not too dusty. Then you can really choose whichever paper you like. The looks off because, um, the medium doesn't demand that much of the paper. The One Peach book is very versatile, but simple as you'll see from the cutting technique on the folding. I think there's not much to it, but you can do a lot with it. I'm gonna show you four different examples that I've done. They took me anywhere from half an hour to two hours on. That includes the cutting, the folding and the finished artwork so it can be a very quick or a long process, depending on what you want. Todo So this is the first self titled one page book. It's about a simple as it gets. It is bugs crawling up and hanging about on a plant. So every page of the repeat of the same thing when it's displayed, you can see flashes of something in the inner fold, and it is just a simple flat or tartan pattern. The second is called the Walk. It's a black and white, just using ah, simple brush pen with black ink the cover is one Imex spread over the front and back cover for the walk, instead of using the inter fold as a second pattern, like a gleam of color when it's displayed. I've done a full spread poster on the inside, and so if you were home printing little zines or booklets, you could easily size this down a little bit and be able to sell not just a little Zien booklet, but one that comes with the poster so it can be displayed on the shelf like this. We sit up nicely like a concertina book, or it can be unfolded and hung on the wall. The 3rd 1 is called Houses of the Mind, and it's one size bigger. The finished one is about a letter size sheet of paper. No night worlds was done in pastel and charcoal. I don't usually recommend this because it's messy, but I you spray fixative and it's manageable. I would only recommend doing this if you plan on scanning and then later printing the book , probably a smaller size in this 3. Lesson Two: The Cut and Fold: I'm going to show you now with the actual folding technique of making a one page book. Very simple. I'm using Ah, single letter size sheet of copy paper. Just standard copy paper. I'm going to fold it over in half. One way doesn't matter which way First, You just want to make sure that the edges air lined up as closely as possible. I use a bone folder used for bookmaking to get a really nice clean edge. If you don't have that, you can use that. You can use a ruler or you can use your fingers. I'm gonna unfolded and folded in half that way again. Making sure to get a nice clean playing up unfolded. And you see you have a cross section here. We're gonna fold each end into the middle of that. No, no. You see, we have eight different sections and those will be the eight pages of the book, including the cover and back cover. And now for the cutting portion of folding and cutting your one page book. And this part is even quicker and simpler than folding there two ways You can do it. You can use a scalpel or an Exacto knife. Or you can use scissors. If you're using a scalpel or Exacto knife, you just get your straight edge. Line it up over in the middle, and I've darkened all of the sections with a pencil so that you can see them easier. Basically, you cut along the middle line from here, the first line to hear the thirds who you're cutting between these two middle sections. So if I work hiding, I would go right down the middle between here and here. If I'm using scissors, which are more readily available for most people, I'm going to fold it in half short waste. Then I'm going to cut this section here. Line it up is evenly as possible. Make one nice, clean. No, you have the middle sections. Come here, be here, and this part is easier toe watch than to explain. It's really simple, but it's strangely tricky to explain. Basically, you hold it in her a long ways. Then you pinch these two edges and squeeze together until they meet in the middle, and that it's is how you hold it into a tiny one page book. You have the front and back cover morning to 34 56 pages. So we're going to now mark the pages so that when you unfold it to do you're finished artwork, You know which pages air which. So I just simply with, ah, light pencil. Right, that cover and the back cover. Honey, make sure you're able to erase it. And then down here, I'm going to just do a page one. Page two, Page three. Page four five Pete six. You see, we already have the back cover labeled. Now, when you fold it out, you will know what's what, and it basically goes double page spreads around. 4. Lesson Three: The Artwork: the possibilities for what you can do with this little book are really endless. As faras medium goes, you can go with collage. You can use it as a written journal. You can paste in photos. You could use stretched watercolor paper and do, um, thick layers of watercolor or inks. Um, really? You could use acrylic if you had a paper. Think enough. Um, line work comics. It goes on and on. If you have any questions about ways that I learned or about any of the examples I showed you, please do get in touch and ask Faras doing the finished artwork goes. That really depends on how you work. I typically will fold it out if it's something that's using a lot of ink so that it doesn't run into the next page. So I would fold out the book and put it on my drying board like this. And because you've, um, number the pages and labeled them, you won't get confused as faras, which goes where if I'm doing something that is quite tidy, like the ink work in this book, the walk, um, I folded it up and I didn't number it. I just opened it up and drew it into the book, and he's also make very nice, like Little Pocket journal, so you can take it with you if you're going to an event that you want to do some observational drawing at. 5. Lesson Four: Using the Inner Fold: Let's look at some ways that the inner folds were used in these books. This one is just a flash of color. As you look at it. It's what she puts displayed on a shelf on the inside. There's a tartan pattern in houses of the mind. I've used the inner fold a little bit differently. As you can see in this one, I've used the Inter fold to add, uh, little pocket window effect from this one. It's very small, this one also, which is a small little window, this one when this one I used the inner fold in a similar way, as with the previous book Houses of the Mind. But instead of completely cutting away the pocket, I left in visible so that it's like a lift. The flat book. I think this when you lift it. It is a desert scene. Water is seen. So this one, I use the lift of laughs to conceal different monsters. I just want to show them how to cut. Using a scalpel, had little pockets into your book. What I like to do. I like to work on the floor, but I opened the book up and get to the pocket that I need to do and make sure there's only one page under it. And then a slide, a little cutting board into that pocket, and then I cut from there. Um, if you're using a messy medium like charcoal, you might want to cut your, um, little windows or whatever you're cutting first, so that, as you cut your hand doesn't muck everything up. I tend to use acrylic inks that are really water fast. And now, once your windows air cut using the scalpel, you need to mark where they are. I'm using a really super light, Um, a mechanical pencil with blue lead, and I made the little marks. I traced each window, and now I'm going to unfold the book open. Find where my little we know Mark. Sorry, and then I'll be able to draw in those marks and know where they are now. Finish filling that in and the when I folded, it will be a little Bring them through from the front page. I wanted to say a quick note about drawing in your windows, so once you've marked it with a pencil, I recommend a very light graphite pencil um, that you can either a race or draw over. You want to just make double sure before you draw that you're drawing in the right window and that you're drawing the right way up because, as you see, it's not into. If it's, um, the pockets aren't in the page, the corresponds right under it because there's this middle on what kind of diamond shaped fold. So you just want to make sure that each drawing is done the right way up by matching it up with the corresponding window before you start drawing, see what? 6. Closing, and Some Bonus Ideas: I want to add a few quick ideas for a different ways that you can use interval beyond the ways that I showed in my examples. One idea is if you felt like you had a reader who likes to be active in the way they read a book, you can do one story on your book on the first cold, and then the reader can fold it the opposite way and then read more story on the inner fold . Another idea, if you like mysteries, is to add some kind of clue on the interval. This can be in pockets or just within, so that the reader or viewer has to actually search through the book to find different meanings. If you like letter reading Penthouse, uh, nice idea would be to send on illustrated books that, when who unfolded, reveals a letter. I hope those ideas are enough to get you started, and I am looking forward to see what you're finished projects are. I hope you've enjoyed this class. My first skill share class on making your own one page book on the project is Toe Make your one Peach book. I'm It can be as simple or elaborate as you like. But the one thing that I would like to see is that the inside is used to some extent. It can be as the end paper effect where you dio color or a pattern it can be. Lift the flap. It can be the cut out windows. It could be a full sized poster or any other way that you want to use it.