I've now got my order of the first 25 sheets of paper. Each book will use 13 half sheets plus there'll be a set of prints on their own, plus with mistakes it can easily mean double the amount. One little spill or splodge in screen-printing and it's damaged goods! I'm hoping to do a limited edition of 6 books, so might eventually use 100 sheets. Gulp! Time to start tearing the pages. Just look at those beautiful deckled edges. This is a proper paper tearing knife, also known as a "shoe knife" as it is (was?) used by cobblers and it's quite hardy with a rosewood handle. The blade tapers to fit the handle without any angles or curves which could wreck the paper if it got caught. My bone … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 18 – Tearing the paper.
I have chosen the Velin Arches (76cm x 56cm) because the deckled edges down the foredge are spectacular. I'll cut or tear each sheet in half to fold it for a page size 38cm x 28cm. The other fantastic thing about the Velin Arches is that the watermark is not very noticeable. If I find it worries me, I can always to an extra little embossed image in the bottom corner. Here you can see how I have progressed with the layout from the top plan to the one below. The text will now be in a single column on the left page with a large decorative capital, and a square cut-out near the middle. Progress on The Rope of Words so far: Font lower case is designed - I still need to draw the Upper case … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 18 – Paper, Layout and update
For newcomers to the blog, I am following through on an artist's book, "Rope of Words", from beginning to end: the trials, tribulations and hopefully the sucesses. I went to *Falkiners Fine Papers to get started on some paper trials. One of my problems was the watermark. I asked about it and some printmakers leave it on to show what good paper it is and that's a personal preference as it would be on the border anyway. However, in a book as big as Rope of Words, there would be a watermark on every second page. Nooooo. I looked at various printmakers papers in a heavy 300gsm and experimented with blind embossing on damp paper and dry paper. The blind embossing was only marginally better … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 17 – Choosing paper