This is the stand at Art in Action where we displayed The Rope of Words, written by Megan and illustrated by me. It is set up to look like the scene in the book where the Woman “paid the price” for words and set up a shop. One of the Woman’s customers collected unpaired negatives – something from Megan’s imagination but she says that many really existed in Old English. If you are ruly and kempt, you are obviously not unruly and unkempt etc.!
b.t.w. if you still want to order a book, follow the link at the top left of the page. We did a limited edition of 600 and we doubt that we’ll do a second edition unless commercially. We are well on our way to having sold half the books! A lovely Christmas gift.
In the bargain bin in the story she had wikkid and lite – bought by teenagers until an advertising agency snapped up the lot. If only there had been time to cut those as well.
This is how we transferred the design.
When I first designed these letters I drew them by hand. I then traced them with a mouse on the computer so that I could have a neat image to use for the watercolour – rather than something sketchy and with lots of extra bits of graphite.
I ‘grouped’ the image then enlarged it to the actual size we wanted (clicking the % button in my graphics programme) – this one is 60 cm high. The programme was set for an A4 page and I could move the image and print different parts of it until the whole thing was on a series of A4 sheets like a jigsaw puzzle.
You have to be rather quick when transferring an image the way we did. As soon as it is printed you run downstairs, position it onto the back of the card and then rub over it with a pencil – like you used to trace maps at school. The computer ink is still fresh and transfers beautifully. Of course it’s backwards but that means you can cut it from the back and no tracing lines will show. Megan did the hard work (and owns the piece!)
This is a brilliant way of transferring a circle or any scanned line drawing: So that it won’t be backwards, you can just flip it on the computer and print it backwards, then when you transfer it is will be the right way round. It can save you hours doing mathematical drawings of say a heraldic badge onto hot pressed paper. And no compass holes either!