Hello dear readers, Diana Trout here with the telescoping tantalizing tunnel book. Tunnel books have been surprising folks since the mid-18th century when they were called “peep shows.” (Glad they changed the name.) Tunnel books were inspired by theater sets! They are in the category of movable books such as pop ups.
Joggles 6×6″ Tunnel Book with Circular Tunnel
Dina Wakley Media – White Gesso – 2 oz tube
Liquitex Matte Medium – 8 oz.
Joggles Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp – Doodle Flower #2
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp Set – Scribbled Feathers
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp Set – Feathers
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp Set – A Sparrow’s Life
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp Set – Birds
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Two-Toned Starburst Spray – California Poppy Gold
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Two-Toned Starburst Spray – Bayou Boogie Gold
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shaker – Lederhosen Laurel
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist – Ethereal Emerald
Joggles/Margaret Applin Designs 6 x 9 inch Stencil/Mask Combo – Flora & Fronds #9
Joggles Stencil – Climbing Feathers
Princeton Select 3750 Series, Synthetic Bristle Brush – Liner, 10/0
Princeton Watercolor Brush – #4 Fan
Princeton Select 3750 Series, Synthetic Bristle Brush – Flat Shader, #8
Dina Wakley Media – Glazing Medium, 2 oz. tube
Dylusions Paint by Diane Reaveley: White Linen, Chopped Pesto, Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini, Fresh Lime
Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black
Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Rose Gold
Inkssentials Glossy Accents – 2 fl. oz.
Joggles Collage Sheets – Watercolor Robin & Wren; Watercolor Blue Feathers
Joggles tunnel books are a dream to use. The windows are cut and so are the binding holes. All books come with three binder rings to bind at the end. They are made from a nice weight chipboard and are available in square format with both circular and square openings. There is also a rectangular book with a rectangular opening. It’s a very convenient way to experience this type of bookbinding.
Here is my process:
I decided on a forest theme for my book so I loosely painted a blue sky with fluffy clouds on the cover, the front of each page and the back of the the back cover. I wasn’t exactly sure where the theme was going. I like to keep it open-ended at first and see where the wild hares lead.
I mixed some different green paints for the forest floor. I’ve listed Dylusions paints in the supply list but since I don’t have the full range, I used some Golden paint colors. Using a few different greens will make things look lush and verdant.
Try using a fan brush for this part of the painting. Lightly mix a bright and dull green, leaving streaks of unmixed paint. Wet the fan brush and squeeze the water out so that the brush is just damp. You’ll notice that the bristles separate. That’s good! Dip the brush into your paint mixture. Lightly touch the brush down wherever you want texture. Flick it up gently. You may need to practice this technique a bit but once you get the hang of it there’ll be no stopping you!
I added a path in my forest floor. I like the way it looks when the book is first opened.
Allow the paint to dry well before flipping the pages. I used the Dylusions Fresh Lime paint color for this side. I added some stenciling with spray mists to the back of the pages. After completing the back of each page, check the front and wipe off any spills that may have transferred.
NOTE: If your space is limited, find a shallow cardboard box or tray. Line the tray with freezer wrap, shiny side up and lay the boards in there, wet side up. It could be placed on a cabinet top to dry away from sticky little fingers or inquisitive pets.
I stamped a flock of birds using Archival Ink onto bristol paper. I colored them in using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut them out. I added touches of glitter pens, sequins and feathers to the birds. Did I mention glitter? Add glitter wherever you can. I added sequins to this bird’s wings (from a Joggles collage sheet).
This book was loads of fun to do and I’m very happy with the outcome. This is the story of an (imaginary?) place I call the Northeast Kingdom. It’s a whole world full of animals, people, creatures and plants.
I used bits of paper weavings on the backs of the pages as a foreshadowing of the bird’s nest in the final reveal.
This was a satisfying project with one idea leading neatly to another. I’m looking forward to more tunnel books! I want to make a journal with all of the pages painted different colors. Stay tuned. I’ll have a more in depth video available to illustrate some of the techniques used in this project. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and blog for more on this project.