"I'll create a series of Artists Books..I said to myself..and I shall hand print them all....and I shall not even consider the fact I will have limited time to work on them when I come back from the BCTF in Harrogate" I am such a ninny!
Having said that, I have realised that I do work better under pressure. If I don't have tight deadlines I do end up flouncing about getting nothing done.
So in effect, I decided to create 8 tunnel books, ALL of which were to be hand printed. When I first posted about this project in April, I didn't know whether I would use linocut or collagraph. So I spent a day or so working out how I would build up the image for each 'page' in the book. Turned out that Linocut was really just going to be too complex for this and I would probably end up rocking in a corner! So collagraph it would be. This probably doesn't make much sense now....but bear with me. All will be clear (hopefully) the further you read and I hope you will enjoy seeing the process unfold .
So first things first, I had to plan the dimensions of my book and what sizes the concertina spines and pages within would be. This is very BORING to explain in words so if you want to get genned up in pics have a wee look at my 'Here's How I Make A Tunnel Book' post.
Once I got the sizes sorted I then started drawing up my designs. Here is my rough sketch of Wee Willie Winkie
I then got this drawn up on a template that I would use to position the elements of the composition on my printing plate.
|The sketch on the left was copied onto grey cardboard using old fashioned carbon paper.|
A collagraph is a print that is made from a collage of different textured materials, in this case, the green is scrunched up tissue paper and the little houses are from scraps of paper. This is the only detail I needed to add at this point as this is the back page....or background.
|Ink is applied to the printing plate using the intaglio method|
|I added little stars to act as a stencil|
Paper was dampened and then placed on top of the inky plate. This was then put through my etching press.
|Here is the print of the background.|
|Here I used different textured papers to create more 'street scene'|
|The scene starts taking shape|
Next was the main character......
|The final part of the plate|
|The finished collagraph plate|
I wasn't sure about colour, so I printed off a couple of proofs. Once the print was dry, I added some colour to the final print by hand. I then cut it out in the same way as before, this time revealing parts of the background and middle ground. I made a mock up tunnel book just to see how the finished item would look and also to judge whether the hand colouring was overkill.
|The concertina spines for all eight tunnels books.|
Each tunnel book or scene needed 2 spines. The vertical edge of each page is butted up flush to the crease and adhered to the paper behind.
|A mock up of the 3 pages together|
|Each page slips into the folds created in the concertina spines. They are then glued to secure.|
What you see above is the process that I followed to create one tunnel book. I made 7 more in exactly the same way and they are all pictured below. It was quite difficult to get the camera to focus so the front cover is a bit blurry, but you should be able to get the gist.....hopefully they'll make you smile.
|Cock a Doodle Do|
|Hey Diddle Diddle|
|Hickory Dickory Dock|
|The Owl and The Pussycat|
|Ride a Cock Horse|