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Week #12
This work was done by Amy Lear in Austin in 2016 for the session “Variations on Romans” in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:

This piece was done on deep red paper with Dr. Ph. Martins bleedproof white. Inspired by the wisdom and courage of Malala Yousafzai and wanting to inspire my two daughters, I created this piece with large letters and a bold layout. I sketched the design on grid paper, with several revisions, before scanning it into the computer for resizing. I was happy with the design of each word, but their placement wasn’t quite right. On the screen, I was able to move the words around to get a final draft. From there, I printed the sketch to use to transfer guidelines to the red paper.

As I worked on the letters, I noticed that the white wasn’t as opaque as I wanted, so I went back and added a second coat of paint with a small watercolor brush.
And then… I managed to drop my brush onto the table! It fell in the middle of the word “tell” and rolled through the G in girls, and the C below it. I tried all of the traditional ways of correcting mistakes, but the paper just wasn’t having it. So, I dug through all my red paint and managed to make an acrylic one that matched (using a scrap of red paper to test). I carefully painted over the white smears of ink and repaired it.

During class, Reggie commented on the design and suggested that I scan the piece and shrink it to a smaller size. In doing that, I realized that the texture of the paper looked unclean after scanning. So, I traced the whole text to a vector in Adobe Illustrator and replaced the background with a solid red color. After printing these in 8x10 and 5x7, I was really encouraged by how successfully the design translated to the smaller size. And, now that I have it in a vector format, I am able to experiment with different colors of letters and backgrounds very easily.

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