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 Improv – Fabruary (because February is fabulous):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!