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Book Arts Improv Book #4: Fabruary

Just to remind you, here are the themes I was working with this week…

  • An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth
  • World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!!
  • Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine

It was funny how this week’s Improv book came together. The wheels started when I learned about Teddy Bear, the porcupine who predicts Super Bowl winners. Yep, he’s a real thing.

Then I found out that World Nutella Day is in February. That’s when it hit me…the Super Bowl is also in February. I did some more research and found a bunch of fun celebrations that all take place in the same month. I had my theme!

Here’s the final book of this year’s ImprovFabruary (because February is fabulous):

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

The bookboard covers were covered with an aqua Nepalese Lokta paper. The structure is a pocket accordion book, which is constructed from one folded sheet of Speckletone cover stock. The end papers are also made from Lokta paper.

The images on the front of each accordion pocket were created using a linoleum cutter and Speedball Speedy-Carve. I also used some carving material I acquired from a Julie Chen workshop I took at Haystack, but I have no idea what it is. All I know is that I like it better than the Speedy-Carve (must find source). I hand-stamped the images using dye-based ink.

Hand-carved rubber stamps

The text was printed in Book Antiqua on laser vellum. The vellum was cut into cards that contain facts about the special occasions/holidays they reference.

Insert from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Since the vellum is see-through, I was able to stamp on the back of the accordion pockets and have the text show through the insert cards. Each pocket was stamped in red with the date of its designated special occasion.

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

Panel from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

I decided not to use one of the pockets for the colophon because I wanted to save them for actual content. I chose instead to attach the colophon to the reverse side of the accordion. I think it’s happy there.

Colophon from handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell – “Fabruary”

This book was printed in a limited edition of 3 copies.

By the way, don’t forget that I’ll be posting the grand prize winner on Monday. That lucky duck will win a set of books that includes each of the four books created during the Improv.

Good luck to everyone!

6 Responses to “Book Arts Improv Book #4: Fabruary

By dinahmow - 31 January 2015 Reply

You are truly wacky! In the nicest possible way, of course.Could we clone
you?

By Elissa - 1 February 2015 Reply

Diane –

You’re so sweet, but I wouldn’t wish another of me on anyone!

Elissa

By velma - 1 February 2015 Reply

you’ve really outdone yourself! who knew february was so rich? love this (when i can remember to pay attention) project. it’s something you could write a book about…just sayin’

By Elissa - 2 February 2015 Reply

Velma –

I’m glad you like it! There’s one coming your way. 🙂

Elissa

By Amy - 2 February 2015 Reply

This is wonderful!

By Elissa - 3 February 2015 Reply

Thanks Amy!

Elissa

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