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Book Arts Improv Book #2: Circuitous

I just completed my book for this week’s Book Arts Improv.

I’m getting the sinking feeling that I’m slowing down in my old age (those of you who know me, no comments please). Thankfully, the process is still fun.

Here are the themes I was working with this week:

  1. The real reason your check engine light came on: The warranty ran out yesterday
  2. A retired Oscar category: Biggest hair (wasn’t as fun after the 80’s)
  3. An unusual superstition: Step on a crack, break your mother’s back!

And here’s the finished product – my second Improv 2013 book, Circuitous:

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

The book is bound with a buttonhole binding using unwaxed linen thread. I used a red satin bookcloth that I purchased at Paper Source a gazillion years ago, so I don’t know anything about the fiber content or its country of origin. Poo.

Building on last year’s work, all of the images in the book were created using a linoleum cutter and Speedball Speedy-Carve

Hand-carved rubber stamps

I printed the text pages using two fonts – Book Antiqua and WW Digital on Crane’s Choice cotton paper.

Page spread from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

Here’s the inside of the book, with the story interspersed with images of page spreads:

Charlotte loved walking home from school.

The streets were lined with old-growth oak trees and she imagined herself as a bird, flitting from limb to limb.

Page spread from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

On most days, Charlotte wouldn’t walk straight home.

This was one of those days. She looped several blocks more than once.

Her head was in the clouds trees more than usual.

She didn’t notice what was on the sidewalk.

She stepped on it.

A chill went down her spine. She looked down.

She had stepped on a crack.

Page spread from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

“Aggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!”

Charlotte ran as fast as she could to her house, nearly tripping twice.

She flung the door open, crying, “Mamaaaaaaaaaa!!!”

“Yes dear,” her mother replied.

“Are you okay Mama?”

“Of course, dear,” she replied from the kitchen.

Charlotte felt a warm sense of relief wash over her.

She walked into the kitchen.

There was her mother, bent over backwards. And not in a good way.

Charlotte shrieked.

“Oh, honey. Calm down, calm down.”

“But you broke your back,” Charlotte sobbed. “It’s all my fault.”

“I’m fine sweetie, really. My warranty expired yesterday and I expected that this would happen. I already have a checkup scheduled for tomorrow.”

Charlotte ran to her mother, sighed, and held her tight.

She had forgotten that they were robots.

Page spread from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - "Circuitous"

I hope y’all enjoyed it! As soon as I complete the edition of five, I’ll put some up for sale on Etsy. I’ll let you know when that happens.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next batch of themes!

2 Responses to “Book Arts Improv Book #2: Circuitous

By Mags - 25 February 2013 Reply

LOVE it!

By Amy - 28 February 2013 Reply

What a cool book! I love the red cloth and nifty binding. I am extra excited to get my copy 🙂 Lucky me!

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