North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024



Our June workshop will be a lesson in how to make a basic tunnel book. Taught by Celeste Chalasani, this will be an introduction into the world of tunnel books. What is a tunnel book? It is a structure that contains pages that are held together by folded strips of paper on each side that resemble an accordion. To “read” a tunnel book you look through a hole in the front cover. Each page features openings that allow the reader to see through to the back page. The images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene. The overall effect is an illusion of depth and perspective. According to Wonderopolis, tunnel books date back to the mid-18th century when they were originally called “peep shows.” The concept was inspired by theatrical stage sets.

Participants in this workshop will need to print and cut out photos and “things” to go on four pages. In the workshop, we’ll cut frames, attach the “things” to the frames, create the accordion folds for the sides, and then attach the pages to the sides. Celeste will talk about variations—specifically about how you can add more pages and make the accordion longer to avoid the swell (and what that does to the book).


  • One 3" x 5" photo printed out on cardstock. The photo should be a background photograph, showing something in the distance.  Celeste's photo above is from the "Meanwhile in Saskatchewan" Facebook page. Cut out your photo leaving a 1/2" margin all around so that the actual piece will be 4" x  6".
  • Three additional "things" of varying sizes for the foreground of the tunnel. Celeste's examples are two trees and a deer, both clipart found using Google images. "Thing" number one that's the closest to you, should be the largest. "Thing" two should be slightly smaller, and "thing" three should be the smallest. All three of these "things" should be larger than what's shown in your background photo. The three "things" will need to touch the frame they are attached to and should be cut out leaving a 1/2" tab on the side where they'll touch: underneath (if they touch the ground), above (if they touch the sky), or on either side.
  • Three (3) pieces of cardstock cut to 4" x 6"
  • Two (2) pieces of text-weight paper cut to 4" x 4"
  • Ruler
  • Xacto knife
  • Stylus or similar scoring tool
  • Glue stick 
  • scrap paper for gluing

When:    Saturday June 8, at 10 PDT
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     Dolores Guffey by June 3
Workshop Questions:  Celeste Chalasani
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in the newsletter.

Here are three more photos from the May Interlocking Accordion workshop taught by Mary Conley.

Sherrill Story

Thanks Sherrill for sharing your photos.


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