Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes, in the deep absorption and intuitive flow of making my bookmarks, I took sweet pleasure in many of the details:

• the LLBean packaging enclosure that was printed on cardstock in exactly the same color palette as the book jackets;

• the calendar Dave passed my way in February, with its offerings of print on various background colors;

• my own art printed in a 2017 Shutterfly calendar that provided collage material;

• the power outage that entertained me with many hilarious challenges as I worked;

• the personal power surge that resulted when Dave didn't have the energy to deal with some financial paperwork we were scheduled to undertake together, thereby leaving me free to play;

•  the cutting of the cardstock into two narrow strips halfway through the process and developing each separately; and

• the toss into our recycling bin of an older handpainted bookmark (of similar palette) that I've never liked.

Sure hope I like the two novels for which I've customized my new masterpieces!

book from library
This Road We Traveled
1.5x6"; acrylic, India ink, collage, and oil pastel on card stock
abstract
2018
perfect pair



12 comments:

  1. What a perfect dialog and a perfect bookmark. One can travel among the lines and shapes, yes a perfect pair!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I like your comment that one can travel among the lines and shapes. Can't wait to find out if the art I've created matches the feel of the story in addition to the visuals of the dust jacket. All I know is that it's historical fiction by an author I've read previously and liked.

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  2. The details are exquisite! I hope the book is just as good. xo

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I fully anticipate a gentle, slowish, enjoyable read. Fingers crossed : )

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  3. Love the textures and subdued palette. Perfect and Oh that green. LOVE :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. It was fun to work with the palette and textures suggested by the dust jacket. It was also fun to 'paint' with collage—I started these bookmarks by completely covering my cardstock with torn pieces of collage from sources mentioned in my post. Then I developed the pieces with paint and ink. I'm assuming you've taken note, yet again, of my use of the texture sheets you sent me last year—where would I be without those??!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I don't seem to play with these colors as often as others but thoroughly enjoyed doing so here : )

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  5. The bookmark is perfect with the jacket. Love it!!!

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    1. TOTALLY satisfying juicy project : ) Glad you're liking it too!

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  6. Love this! Gorgeous colour, line and texture - and all on that tiny bookmark!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! So glad you share my enjoyment and astonishment! Thank you.

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