Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Make Your Own Doodle Diary--How to
Finally, the long promised, although not likely much anticipated, "how to make your own doodle diary" post. This is a little something I picked up along the way and I enjoyed it's ease and simplicity. I use them obsessively. I keep two in my purse, 1 for phone numbers & dates, and one for notes. I have a completed doodle diary I began January 3, and I've already used 2 doodles as references for other artwork. I've begun my second diary, of course.
Here goes. I hope I can make it make sense. I'm somewhat technologically challenged and make do with primitive equipment and connections, not to mention blogger tends to scramble the image order in weird ways.
You will need 1 sheet of paper for the book, 1 piece of heavier paper for the cover. You don't even need scissors if you're good at creasing and tearing.
Step 1. Fold a sheet of paper in half, then fold down the ends back to the crease. Should look 'w' shaped when viewed from the side.
Step 2. Open up your folds and do it again the other way.
Step 3. If you did it right, you'll have 16 rectangles defined by folds. At this points, words alone just won't do. Look at the diagram (click to enlarge-sorry, some of my writing is fuzzy, so just ask if something doesn't make sense)
Step 4. The diagram should get you to the 16 rectangles; then just cut or tear as shown. Then, beginning at the 1st corner, just start folding back and forth like an accordion until you have a little book in your hands.
Step 5. Make a book cover and slip your 1st and last page in (see the next diagram if you're not familiar with making a book cover). No need to measure anything, just place your book in the middle and cut so you have plenty of overlap.
Still confused? Just ask. I know I've mucked it up somewhere, but maybe the photos will tell the story. Shown is my Jan3 diary, all flattened out, and made into a book.
PS. Clicking on the images will enlarge & make them readable. You'll be able to see all my doodles that way too.