Encasing Structure's Content

This is a weekly blog that I have created with the sole purpose of creating a hand bound book once a month. I will be showing the entire process from start to finish. Although I would appreciate some mention of credit, please feel free to use and share any information found on this blog. The creative process rarely happens in a vacuum.

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 2015 - Week 2 Content

Content Creation - part I

When I'm looking for an idea or trying to come up with a concept for a work, one of my favorite things to do is to take a familiar subject and try to come up with my solution(s) for that subject.  I like to try to not only be unique but also put my feelings and emotions into a subject.

For this month's challenge, I decided to have the content revolve around a short story creation myth I wrote.  I love creation myths in all their forms and so when I wanted to create my own, I thought it only fitting that it should be about colors.

In the story,  the colors are pulled out of the light.  The tunnel book form was the best choice, to me, to illustrate the concept.  So looking through you will see all the colors being pulled out of a central core.

Below are some of my sketches for this idea.

I did limit myself in that I only wanted to do the primary and secondary colors.

I liked the idea of the central star pattern and the colors flowing from the tips, but I decided to make them freer and intertwine them.  Also, to help illustrate the story, I will make the first page white to represent the light and the last page, or back, black.

Next, I created the patterns from old scrap paper.  First the overall outside shape, second the star center and lastly the curving patterns for each of the colors. I marked all the pieces for easier transfer.

I did have to rework some of the curves to get the to be in a pleasing form as a whole.

HELPFUL HINT * Spend some time getting your template right and visually pleasing.   Since you usually create the template with cheap, left-over or scrap paper, there's not a huge emotional or financial attachment to it, so it's easier to change or throw out completely.

Once I was happy with the templates, it was time to move on to the creating the actual pages.

Next week - creating the pages.

Happy Book Making!


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