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