Accordion-Style Home Book by Kirsten Varga

Home sweet home!

Houses are a recurring icon in my artwork. I have lived in many houses over the course of my life, and so I find myself fascinated by their visual variety as well a the symbolism they inherit. During this time when we are asked to stay safe in our homes, they are an even bigger influence in my art. 

Today, I would like to share with you an accordion-style book that features several of my favorite quotes about “home”. 

I am using the Gelli Arts® 3×5″ printing plate to create landscape monoprints. For these, I ditch the brayer and apply the paint with a palette knife. I do use the brayer later on but not on the plate! I will also show you how to fold an origami pocket envelope, which I use to tuck my hand drawn houses into each page. As with most of my books, they are never truly finished. I tend to add journaling and drawings to them over time. I hope you are inspired to make your own book and write down your thoughts about “home”. 

Click below to watch Kirsten’s video!

Thanks for being here and happy creating!


Gelli Arts® 3×5″ Printing Plate

Gelli Arts® mini printing tools

Gelli Arts® brayer

Bone folder

Canson mixed media paper (18×25″ sheet cut down to 6×24″)

Canson watercolor paper (9×12″ sheet cut down to 1.875×3.25″)


Liquitex basics acrylic paint (in various shades of blue, green, yellow and white)

Palette knife

Embossing stylus

Bubble wrap

Double sided tape (I use a Scotch ATG)

Adhesive for paper (I use Yes Paste. A glue stick would be good, too)

Dictionary paper

Dip pen with nib and black ink

Yellow colored pencil


Michael’s Stores

Blick Art Materials

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