What Is the Accordion Books Challenge?
In this challenge, I (Ali Manning) teach you how to create 5 unique accordion books. Each book is a blank canvas just waiting for your personal creative mark.
Never made a book or journal before? No problem!
Crafters of all types—mixed media artists, painters, quilters, bookbinders—are welcome to join the challenge community! These accordion journals are simple and low stress. You just need two sheets of 22" x 30" paper and a few other basic supplies to take part. This challenge also features five different watercolor techniques from guest artists to include in your book.
Accordion books are a great way to showcase your artwork. You can store them on a shelf or proudly display them in your home!
When you purchase the challenge, here's what you get:
Instructional Videos for 5 Accordion Books
In addition to the instructional videos, there are videos to help you prepare and printable instructions to help you follow along.
There is no live component—all instruction is prerecorded.
5 Watercolor Techniques from Guest Artists
To help you decorate your books, look no further than the 5 amazing guest artist watercolor lessons included in this challenge.
Each watercolor lesson is tailored to one of the challenge books!
The Books You'll Make
01: 8-Pocket Accordion
This book has 8 pockets where you can place decorated tags or other small pieces of art!
02: 4-Panel Accordion
The 4-panel accordion has 4 panels plus a flap to keep the book secure.
03: Layered Accordion
For this book, you'll do some light sewing to create layers.
04: Spinning Accordion
A version of the 4-panel accordion, this book has 4 spinning panels for you to decorate.
05: Flag Book
The flag book is an excellent way to display artwork (and looks impressive to boot!).
Here's What Other Challenge Takers Made...
Meet the Guest Artists
"Your teaching couldn’t be more clear; your execution any better; and your teamwork any more lovely! You all just might make a bookmaker out of me yet! What a FABULOUS class!"
"I loved everything about this class! The 'bite sized' steps, clear pictures & instructions & your lovely soothing voice made this so enjoyable! You have started me on the path to bookmaking."