Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #014: B2B2B

My back-to-back-to-back (B2B2B) book is finished. It’s the second one I’ve made. I’m not satisfied with it and so am probably going to make another, one with more continuity to it.

All the pages in the book are made from paper I use to clean my brushes, to experiment with rubber stamps, handwriting, inks, etc. Once the paper is “full,” I pick it up, roll it up, save it for something like this. I then put down a fresh sheet of paper on the work counter and the process begins again.

So what you’re seeing are a few pages from the book, including the front cover. The page in the second photo is made from a piece of paper I wrapped around some rusty things and let sit outside in the rain for a few days. I added the four little squares there on the left. The number “7” is a stencil I added after I’d cut the paper to size.

The people I’ve shown this to have all mentioned how tactile it is, how the paper looks old, is thick, and is actually kind of soft. The more this book is “fondled,” the better it’s going to get! So I have it sitting out on top of a wooden cabinet in the living room, just so people will touch it and flip through it.

I have two more projects I’m working on: a handmade book about Kyoto, and an assemblage piece of sorts that I’ll show you soon.

P.S. The colorful mobile I made last week is no longer hanging from a tree. It’s been relocated to the deck so that we can see it more clearly. The background still consists of green trees, so the “feel” is the same. Having fun!

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  1. This is really cool, Carol. I think the neutral colors give it a sense of continuity. What kind of tape are you using... or did you use glue on this one? I look forward to you next pieces!

  2. No tape on this one. I used "Yes! Paste." Kind of a pain to use, spread it on with a putty knife. (You could also use a credit card/hotel key card.)

  3. I just today discovered your art via Pinterest - and your artwork really resonates with me - I am glad I found your blog. This book is wonderful. I love to make books or do altered books and so on, and this piece if very inspirational. I would love to actually see it in real life. :) I will definitely be following your work.

  4. Tricia, thank you for leaving such a kind and thoughtful comment. What a great way for me to begin my day. I went to your blog to see what you've been up to, but it looks like you're no longer posting anything, alas! But again, thank you for liking my work. Very much appreciated. Happy spring to you.

  5. Here is a link to my Instagram. I am hoping to get back to blogging after I retire in June. :) https://www.instagram.com/graced_out/ But mostly, I've been putting things on Instagram because it is fast and simple.

    Thanks so much for responding.



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