Monday, January 31, 2011
This is my black, white and a touch of ... alphabet.
Another layered work, using the ruling pen alphabet I did in 2010 in my first little book. I think it makes a good balance for the geometric shapes.
The bottom layer is a block of black lower case 'a's, 'b's, 'c's, etc in Courier font, printed by inkjet on Canson paper.
In between this and the ruling pen letter (scanned and printed as a tint of black on tracing paper) there is a geometric shape resembling a A, B C etc. This is my touch of colour - a rich brown.
I like the way the ruling pen letters look like shadows, and the freedom of the ruling pen letters offsets the formality of the typeset letters.
These are glued together flat, and will be put in a small box when finished.
Looking forward to seeing all the work again this year. It is such fun opening the blog every few days to new work!
Keep it up everyone,
I am just a little bit shameful to post mines, just after the magnificent Julie's florishes....
My letters are simpler.
Black & white and a touch of... découpage!
Cut in white paper, I will probably put it all together in a black concertina :
I began by cutting matboard into 7 x 7cm squares and was surprised by how tiny they seemed. However, small is good.
Next step was to cut suitable letters from glossy mags (a bit wabisabi Noela?) and glue them. At last, I could pick up a brush. Painting is my favourite obsession. A little colour here, a little attached something there, and hey presto!
Since most of you so far are going with the black and white letters, I'll start with the other alphabet and do the black and white last. I love doing paper sculpture, so that is my theme for the two alphabets I will do.
This first alphabet is made from BFK Rives paper on various pastepapers and marbled paper backgrounds. The red circle is gouache, and will be consistant for all the letters. This alphabet is based on a double stroke alphabet by Martin Jackson of Vancouver, Canada. I have added flourishes.
I am so enjoying everybody's alphabets! Beautiful work!!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
So I have spray painted my galvanised tin matt white. I have used metal from rusted black metal strapping (used for binding timber together for delivery); pop rivets hold the letters in place; and small pieces of green and copper anodised aluminium add the 'little something'.
I am choosing to write italic letters in a nib size that should work for all letters (ascenders and descenders included) on the 7cm a 7cm paper; and then doing multiple overwriting in different nibs sizes and styles to create some texture.
Building on a trick I learned in my very first alphabet (from Noela) I am adding a square of gold foil to each page. I am then attaching the page to a larger black page and folding it and then joining each page together. You can see the process here.
I am not sure what I will do next with the joined pages - just how they will finish up is still a bit of a mystery to me!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
A -With a touch of.... letter 'A' and background pattern make by potato print using black and red printing ink, black and red stitching (sewn on a treadle sewing machine), two size plastic rims - black and white.
D - With a touch of... letter 'D' the idea comes from my school days of the overhead projector film - drawn onto with a Artline waterproof permanent pen using laminated plastic discards, treadle sewn onto 300gsm paper with red cotton, collage raised with double sided tape. Background treadle sewn black boarder and lines with red ink print - taken from a previous printing session when cleaning off the plate the random streaks gave an interesting pattern. Plastic stickers of babies (an insight - from my billings method days!). Handsewn attached recycled plastic rim.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Happy New Year to all,
I have tried a few ideas for the Black 'n White theme and this I am happy with.
I have used Lana 300gsm using the, not the right side but the smooth side and this was my preference. Black ink with Gouache, always a favourite medium.
The letters are Celtic and have filled the letter spaces with knots to give an overall interesting effect. Ann S