Second toroidal book panel – done!
Today I completed the second (and final) panel in my toroidal book. Can you tell I’m excited?
Similarly to the first panel, I started my creative process by reviewing my notes from a workshop with Bonnie Stahlecker – An Artist’s Approach to Embossing Leather for Books. For the date in question, I found multiple instances of the word massage with regards to working with leather.
Okay, I could work with that – I like massages. I immediately found myself thinking of the color purple and off I went.
For the base of the piece, I used my Yatsumoto pearlescent watercolors. I bought these on a whim (just like the Caran d’Ache water-soluble pastels) and haven’t been disappointed. While they don’t produce a deep, saturated color, they are great for painting subtle, sparkly layers of color. And these are much cheaper than the pastels – by a lot.
First came a light purple layer.
Then I drew rough, wavy lines with wet water-soluble pastels.
After that, I dipped a thin paintbrush in water and loosely traced over the drawn lines – this made the color bleed ever-so-slightly.
And that was pretty much it – I was done! No circular imagery this time around.
So here’s the completed book in all its toroidal glory:
I have to say that I’m pretty darn pleased with myself. Another project crossed off the list!
Just one more to go…