I wanted to make something out of the blackberry monoprints but I didn’t want to cut them up just yet.So I scanned the best of the 4 layered prints and used it to make double sided digital prints to make a flag book.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
Thursday, 5 August 2021
I’ve not managing to do much recently, a combination of stupidly hot weather (for the north of England) and an allotment that needed cropping and watering.
But I have managed a couple of single sheet books
The first was a trial for a workshop that I’ll be giving in the New Year.
I'm enjoying this way of working at the moment. I can feel a few more books coming on
Sunday, 4 July 2021
I’ve been struggling for inspiration lately. I went on the web to look for ideas for overcoming artists block and found all sorts of drawing and painting exercises. A lot came with a time commitment, a drawing a day type thing, but I know from past experience that these will go the way of keeping a sketchbook, started with enthusiasm and then fizzle.
I also found sites offering packs of cards that have prompt words on , the idea being that you deal out a certain number and work to these. I always work best to a project or brief so these looked like a better fit.
Then I thought a book artist ought to have these prompts in
book form. So I’ve spent the past three or four weeks making the ‘Inspirator
for Book Artists’
I decided to make volvelles (turning discs) to show the chosen words.
For making books I decided that there two categories of words that needed choosing, technical things like text, image, structure also more creative prompts. I also decided I needed a number generator. I thought about using a die but decided that a volvelle worked better , I didn’t need to work out how to incorporate it into the structure.
The first mock up looked like this. The discs slotted into an adapted crown binding
I used the ‘rules’ to dial up some words. Now I just have to make it happen
Sunday, 9 May 2021
The theme for NWBA this month was ‘Puzzle’ and the theme for PAS was ‘Inspired by...’
I was struggling with both but while I was watching a repeat of Jonathon Creek I saw him fiddling with a magic box and thought you could put a book in that and it grew.
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
I attended a zoom workshop this weekend with NWBA and MBAG . It was led by Anna Yevtukh-Squire. We made a triangular book structure with secret pockets.
When the list of materials came it included patterned paper
and book cloth. I don’t tend to use pre printed papers so I decided to have a
go at making paste paper. And having done that I also decided to make book
cloth using a gelli plate to print onto thin cotton. And to dye the elastic and thread to match using inktense crayons.
It got a bit fraught. I was ironing the paper at midnight the night before the class. But in the end I was glad I’d bothered. It made a book made from someone else’s instructions feel more like mine.