Friday, February 12, 2016

Small Handmade Book

Book arts are part of printmaking for me. The possibility of making something that can be touched, where the texture of the paper and the scale of the three-dimensional object is felt as well as seen is a way to translate the magic of printmaking for the viewer. If you can hold, see, smell, and turn pages of a work of art, walk around with it in your hand, it becomes much more personal. My books sometimes have words and images, but this one does not. The color, texture and shape is the message. Since it is a three-dimensional object, I am showing several photos from different open positions. The book has two red covers, made from handmade paper.

Handmade book, handmade paper and folded monotype, printed with Akua intaglio ink, approx. 2 ¾" square

This book is a one-of-a-kind work of art. The monotype and hand assembly of the covers makes it impossible to duplicate.The inks used are Akua water-based intaglio inks. The pages have tints of yellow and blue, but what doesn't really show in a photo is the inclusion of gold. The pages sparkle as you turn them.

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