Finished! I think. At least I'm far enough along that I can hold it in my hands and leaf through the pages. I may string some beads on the spine cords if I can find some beads I like. There are 14 signatures and the cover is acrylic-painted anaglypta wallpaper. I wanted to make a true softcover book with just the wallpaper but decided that I'd need a little more strength so I used pieces of a cereal box. I got the idea for the spine from a YouTube video–don't remember whose–when I was looking for tape binding tutorials.
Some of the prints can stand as is and some are dying for embellishment. I imagine this as an art journal with only some pages used for journaling. I used LOTS of commercial stencils and masks and some of my own made with commercial hand-cuts and die-cuts. These are mainly Gelli plate and gelatin prints but some are spray-paint stencil prints I made last weekend. I may do some more of these if our weekend is as nice as its supposed to be.
The month of April was a blur. I managed to get some art wedged in, but I didn't get my final composition lesson finished before the class closed. There was always that chance, given the timing of Jim's surgery. We're nearly back to what passes for normal around here, so I celebrated by making more Gelli prints over the weekend. I also did some spray painting with stencils with the Liquitex spray paints, as the weather was nice enough to work outside. These are low odor paints, but not low odor enough for me to use down in the studio, especially when I already have a cold. 😦 I do have a plan for all these prints, at least the first hundred or so. All the prints I made this weekend were on the backs of other prints. I'm going to make some journals out of them as soon as I figure out how I want to bind them. I should probably practice my Coptic stitch, but I have a piece of anaglypta wallpaper that I painted that I want to use for the cover and I want to use it pretty much as is. I have another idea that might work. Now if I can just get a chance to try it.
This is my design notebook for 2012. I have an 8×10 shop pad (actually, I have several) from Lee Valley Tools that I use for ideas, doodles, designs, lists, techniques, notes, snide comments, quotes, fiendish plans, recipes, calligraphy practice, shipping confirmation numbers, reminders…it sits on the arm of my chair and I tear sheets off and save them, eventually collecting them in a spiral-bound notebook for the year. Last year’s cover aptly features stenciling with spray paints.
I suppose this is an art journal of sorts. It’s a record of what I’m working on and planning to work on, and I keep looking back and getting ideas.
My first Coptic-bound book. I got the idea for using ‘leftovers’ for book pages from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog. I have a ton of old calendars, maps, background papers, and specialty papers–way more than I needed for this book. I made a resolution a while ago to use this stuff more…in something. I put together enough for 3 eight-signature books. 😉 I wasn’t going to show the binding because its pretty ragged, but what the hell, it’s a good first effort made more difficult by the inclusion of pages of different weights, sizes, and textures. Did I make a practice book first? No, that would require patience and I have no more than I’ve ever had, despite making multiple resolutions. Anyway, I used several different kinds of old calendar pages, a few maps, a bunch of acrylic- painted cardstock, some cool handmade papers from India, Somerset Studio Collage Clips, and some double-sided tie-dye paper from Blick.
I had to watch a YouTube video to figure out the Coptic stitching. There’s something about stitching that I usually can’t get from diagrams. It isn’t hard and it moves fairly quickly once you get going.ll definitely make at least two more of these. 😉