Video for Pam MacKellar’s “Cutting Pleats Across Pleats”

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, Pam MacKellar treated us to a mini-workshop over Zoom.  You can view the video recording of that mini-workshop here: Please note that the video will be available until November 15, 2021.

Cutting Pleats Across Pleats

Pam MacKellar demonstrates how to fold decorated sheets of paper into a sequence of pleats, then cut the pleats where they intersect. When the cuts are opened, they reveal a surprise pattern from the opposite side. This technique can be used to alter book pages, create one-of-a-kind artworks, or make pages to include in unique artist books. It is also a very good folding practice.

Supplies and Materials:

  • 1 piece of paper decorated on both sides*
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

*The paper should be approximately 9”x12”, 10”x12”, or 12”x12”. Anything smaller will be difficult to fold into pleats. Arches Text Wove is Pam’s favorite paper to use for this technique because it is great for decorating and the weight (120g) is ideal for folding. Avoid heavy paper because it will give you trouble when folding.

Below is an example of one sheet, front and back, by Pam.

Here are some other photos we received from participants:

Ashisha (above)

Kim Walter (above)

Julie Filatoff (above)