Looking back at this assignment, the biggest lesson learned
is that it's all about "the process." We were shown step by
step how to prepare the essentials: coating some of the
pages with acrylic medium to add texture, inserting the
pages, the binding, reinforcing pages, the final structure,
the possibilities. But then we had to figure out the rest
The theme, organization, and just
overcoming our doubts. The individual steps are too numerous
to count. I would say you just have to take a workshop to
learn all the secrets but I will share how elated my parents
were to receive this gift at Christmas entitled, The Journey
of Three Cranes, a metaphor for their 3 children.
The only lettering I did was the title on the back (in
pointed pen). I had taken a paper making class prior to our
final meeting so I used some of those painted papers, one
embedded with string.
I scanned and printed some iced-dyed
fabric paper (piling ice on pre-treated fabric and
sprinkling powdered Procion pigment over it-as the ice
melts, it stains the fabric) as well as a batik. Some of the
shapes were sketched in pencil and cut with an X-acto.
Nothing was thrown away, it could be repurposed in
another page! Transparencies combined with cut-outs kept the
reader in suspense for what would unfold next. There were
many hurdles and technical questions to solve in the
creation of this book. I got inspired by walking around the
classroom and seeing how different everyone's book was, I
borrowed some of their ideas and incorporated them into
mine. Don't wait for inspiration to strike, experiment with
your ideas, and just do it!