Monday, 30 September 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
|Twinkle © D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd|
This is one of the 3 or 4 books I am working on. Its based on a piece of art I made for my MA below. It is a very short story about the Twinkle badge I took from my older sister. I want to make a very small book and I want the cover to look like an old Twinkle annual I have. I have been experimenting with lots of glossy photo papers and brochure papers to try to get the same affect as the Twinkle Annual.
The best result so far is from Kodak Premium Photo Paper. Some print beautifully and give great colours but when you start to glue them to the book board you get all sorts of problems. Lots of screechy moments! With some paper the minute you start to touch it with the bonefolder it rubs the image off. I know I am not using the paper for the purpose it was designed for so I shouldn't really complain. One of the best looking papers was Brilliant Supreme Glossy Photo Paper but it was just too thick and does not come in a lighter weight. It was a nightmare to glue and fold. Its the one at the back middle with the tear - I got a bit vigorous with the Teflon folder!
|Twinkle Story, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol|
I've also included the original photo of me wearing the 'stolen' badge :-) plus the complete story and the Twinkle Annual below.
|© Tom Callanan|
My older sister used to get a comic called Twinkle. A free badge was promised in the next issue, she waited and waited and was so excited about it, but when it arrived I cried until I got it. She talked about it for years…how I took the Twinkle badge. A few years ago I found an old Twinkle badge at home, I put it in a presentation case and gave it to her as part of her Christmas present. After thirty years she got her badge back.
|Twinkle © D.C.Thomson & Co., Ltd|
Saturday, 9 March 2013
I suppose I have posted in the wrong order. I have shown the completed book before the Work In Progress. I just wanted to a little of my stamping process.
All the signatures for the book were done on my typwriter first. Lots of fun - typying 15 books by hand :-) I then did the stamping. The top image is the typed signature ready to stamp.
For the old lady stamp the main image outline is done in grey - below. I had a separate stamp to do her jumper and I stamped this in grey also.
Then I had another separate stamp to do the blue rinse for her hair.
The blue ink I was using was too strong. So I inked the stamp first and stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then stamped the image. This gave the more faded blue I was looking for. If you look at the top image you can see where I have stamped the hair (right hand side of the image).
As you can see it is all very low tech. Just 2 rulers to line up the paper, but I like the simplicity of this print process.
With some stamps I thought it might be easier to do the main stamp and hand colour the other bits, but although its a bit fiddly to cut a separate stamp e.g. for the hair - it is much quicker just to stamp the hair than to faff around with a brush :-)
Monday, 4 February 2013
Here are some photos of latest book When I Am An Old Lady made for Book Art Object. All the text was done on my Typewriter - not easy - there were plenty of screechy bits! All images are hand stamped.
The idea for this book came from things I said I was going to do when I am an old lady - starting with - When I am an old lady I will have a blue rinse and a 1950's Hairdo like the Queen...and the rest just followed from there.
I hand stamped the cover also. The first time I've managed to do this sucessfully. I made a slip cover and matching endpapers with a feather image. The feather image was created by putting a pile of found feathers on my scanner and scanning them at a high resolution.
I would never have chosen these light colours (book cloth and endpapers) but I was on a bookbinding course at UWE last year and used a similar colour book cloth and really liked it. I also thought that this was good 'old lady' palette ;-)
|Book in Slip Cover|
|Hand Stamped Cover|
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
I have just re-designed my website in iWeb. For a while I had it redirected to my blog. I had fun and games with Blogger so had to do web forwarding in the end.
I decided just to have it as a landing page with links. I found there never seemed to be the time to update it and I update my Blog, Flickr and Shops regularly so it would be better just to have links to these than an out of date website.
I find iWeb very easy to use. It is very basic but enough for my needs :-) Unfortunately it is no longer supported in OS 10.8 but this hasn't given me any huge headaches - yet!