Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Beginnings of a Book....


I've had an idea kicking around in my head for quite a long time now, for a book that I want to make. Today I finally got around to starting it! :)

I'm not going to say too much about it right now, but I'll post each illustration page as I complete it. There will be pages with words on too, but I'll show those with the completed book.

Budding Sherlocks among you will have spotted that it's going to be bound with the Bind-it-all. I actually designed the page shape (including the BIA holes) in Inkscape and cut it on the Cricut with SCAL. I thought it would be easier to add the binding holes that way rather than punch the pages after I'd decorated them. You might also have noticed that it's going to be a word book of sorts (that's a letter S at the top right). You're getting no more out of me for now than that! :)

The background was created using 3 colours of acrylic paint - black, white and denim - which were blended on the page with a wet wipe. The moon is cast from paper clay in a silicone mould and was painted white after it had dried (the clay dries pure white, so I can't see a difference, lol).

The houses and birds are both custom stamps that I had made for me a couple of years back. Both were stamped with black Versafine ink. Using a small square punch I made a stencil for the window and coloured it by scribbling through the stencil with a Ranger white pen. The same pen was then used to write the "z"s in place. I'm really happy with how this has turned out, and I just hope that the other pages live up to it! LOL

Click on the image to see a larger view.

18 comments :

Lori said...

It's so cool looking. Can't wait to see the future designs.

dlwrules said...

WAY COOL!
So glad you are blogging again. I find your work very inspiring.

thefrugalcrafter said...

Looks like an interesting book, how cool are you to design the hloes into the pages, hmmmm, I need to do that, I use cheap binding combs from the office supply store and a crop a dial to bind but doing it in scal would be slick!

Anne said...

Fabulous work you can tell you love your stamping

misteejay said...

Can't wait to see the rest - look forward to future pages.

Toni :o)

Claireabelle said...

This is fab Dan, looking forward to the next installment!

Jennie said...

Love this! will look forward to seeing the rest of the book :)

voodoo vixen said...

Well! About time you made another book... and this looks like its going to be a good 'en!!

Linda Elbourne said...

Is it going to say soooooper ... coz that is what it is so far ... can't wait to see more :0)

Angie said...

As much as I admire your 'soar' and especially the bird ..... I LOVE LOVE this page to bits ... everything from the full moon to Z's. It could be a page of a bedtime todlers story book ...
" ... as the children slept the moon grew brighter ......" etc etc
Looking forward to seeing more of this. The stamping is so clever and I like the wipes tip.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog.

Andrea said...

am now wondering what we have coming, as seen so many of your fab books this could be very interesting, especially as only you have a knack of coming up with brilliant one offs, can not wait for the next page now and the first is fantastic Dan, keep them coming xx

elliemook said...

This is stunning, can't wait to see the next installment x

Mole said...

This looks intriguing, Dan!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Looks fab Dan ;)
Anne x

allyf said...

O thats lovely Dan, cant wait to see more pages. How big is it, cos that S looks really small and fiddly.

Hels said...

Cool...cool....cool...actually, it is cooler than cool...it is SUB ZERO!!!!!

Marina said...

Dan,
I love the way you put your designs together. Your work is inspriational.
Marina

Sid said...

Love your design and the idea of building in the BIA cut-outs at the design stage for the Cricut.

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