Saturday, April 27, 2013

A New Book of Birds

I wanted to use up some of my gelatin prints and so I created this small book. The book is based on the flag book with the fore edge of the pages folded and the back edge glued to the concertina spine. I like it because it closes nicely but also is free standing. Above are both the front and back cover.

This is the book standing. I was designing with the idea of utilizing the negative space left by the birds.

And here is one spread from the interior.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Accordion With Signatures

Concertina Spine Book by Roberta Warshaw
Concertina Spine Book, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
This is another book from Alissa Golden's Book called "Making Handmade Books." It is called Accordion with Signatures.

I still have not decided what to do about the cover. I am thinking that separate hard covers would be good but I am still undecided. Often I just let them sit a while before I add covers. That way I will be sure to make the right choice.

I thought this type of book would be nice for displaying my collograph prints.

In this book only the spine is accordion folded, with the signatures pamphlet sewn to the mountains of the accordion.

I also decided to glue the mountain folds together since the book was too spread out otherwise.

I really learned so much from making this type of book. I find that I really enjoy the sewing. It is a very Zen activity.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WIP for a Letter a Week

It feels a bit strange to be posting today after yesterdays horrific events a mere 2 miles from where I live.

I live right on the marathon route so that I am always trapped in my house on that day. I have to make sure to do all my food shopping etc the day before. But that is usually the only problem to be encountered. That and all the late night partying in the neighborhood.

Needless to say there was no late night partying last night. I don't even know who won the marathon nor do I care.

What I do know is that our marathon will never be the same now. I hope they find whoever did this. I am sure they will. They always do. But how to prevent these things from happening. They don't know how to do that nor will they ever I fear.

Earlier in the day, before the nightmare began I stitched together my book for Letter a Week 2013. I am not really part of the group that is doing this. I don't even know if there is a way to sign up or what. But it sounded like a quick and fun project so I did it anyway. I still have to complete the covers.

I liked stitching the pages together. It was very meditative.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Flower Designs

Flower #1 by Roberta Warshaw
Flower #1, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Another thing I love about these prints are the visible brush strokes.

They are much more like my painting style than anything else I have done so far.

I have found that by adding a generous amount of Open Acrylic Medium, I can get some lovely brush strokes to happen.

I have always enjoyed making "fake" flowers as some of you may remember from my polymer clay days. I painted and sketched the real flowers and over time I have abstracted them into their own unique flower-ness.

I am planning on gathering them together when I have enough and creating some kind of book for them.

For now I am happily printing away!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

More Collagraph Experiments

I am really enjoying making these collagraph plates. I love the way I can adjust the colors but best of all I like the way they are semi permanent.

Don't get me wrong. I do love the gelatin plate but there are a few things I don't like about printing that way. For instance I always feel rushed when I am composing on the gelatin plate. The paint dries out so quickly even though I am using open acrylics. I feel so much pressure to get the composition the way I want it. I think it is because I work so slowly. I like to move things around until I get the pieces in the exact place I want them. On the gelatin plate I can't do that. So I waste a lot of prints due to bad or incomplete composition. Plus I hate waste. I really do. All that paper piles up. There is just so much collaging one can do.....

The other thing I don't like is the transient nature of the plates. If I do a successful design and print it, then that's it. I can't reproduce it. It is a one off and that is it. Not necessarily a bad thing but I sometimes do something I really like and then "poof" the plate is gone.

These collagraph plates are only made of styrofoam and masking tape but they will last for a good while. Until I am tired of the design and have moved on that is.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!