I am not a patient person. Sewing the pages in my new visual journal was very very unpleasant. I am not a bookmaker. Give me some paper, waxed linen, a couple of book boards, and a needle and I can put together a book, but it will not be pretty. It will be a rough-hewn awkward thing. A book-like container to hold all the pages of my up and coming visual meanderings. But because I need something BIG with just the right kind of paper I have to make it myself.
These are my first two pages. Unfinished, but at least started.
You will be seeing many combinations of these stencils in future posts. I cut the portrait from a printed photo. I didn’t feel like making it b&w or even fiddling with the contrast. As a result the eyes need to be tweaked a bit – too much light and not enough dark.
This one on a book cover. I darkened the eyes in with a Sharpie. A quick flick of the exacto knife on the stencil can remedy this.
Here’s a look at the sewn in pages.
And the spine.
After all of that I retired by the window for an icy glass of tea and a book that is quickly becoming UNPUTDOWNABLE.