|Front cover of accordion book, belted shut|
This one is called Artistic Licence, and it has a great theme. Each participant chooses either a famous artist or an artistic style, and then we all have to create a piece in their book in the manner of that artist / style.
It's going to be a whole heap of fun!
For my theme I was going to go with street art / graffiti as a whole, but one of the other players had already chosen Banksy - so I went more specific and grabbed wildstyle.
For my book, I've made an accordion book held together with a thick black twill tape, with pages approx 9" x 7", each with a photographic print of a bare wall - just waiting to be adorned :)
Here's a better look at the cover with its belt open:
I hand cut the stencil of the graffiti artist, and used Copics to airbrush him, and his colourful spraypaint, onto the wall.
Here's a side view of the book, you can see all the twill tape that holds the pages together:
The front and back covers were cut from fairly thick corrugated cardboard from a cardboard box, and edged with black ice hockey stick tape (just like 7 Gypsies gaffer tape but a good deal cheaper!!)
The 12 pages (an intro page, 9 participants, and a double wall for sign ins at the back) all laid out took up most of my living room carpet!
|These are the backs of the pages|
Here's what the page fronts look like (well, some of them at least):
|(backgrounds from Sherwood Forlee's "Walls Notebook")|
I drew out that "welcome" freehand, that's probably my favourite bit of the whole book!
As for my actual entry, I used the acetate graffiti artist that I was left with after cutting my stencil for the cover, and painted him black on the reverse side to make a little man embellie.
And the wildstyle letters spelling ART are cut out freehand from Basic Grey papers, and then I drew the shadows in directly onto the wall.
I was pleased with this page until I had a sudden urge (one of those things that seems like a good idea at 2am!) to blob Diamond Glaze rather randomly and messily over the ART letters. I'm not sure that bit works. But otherwise, it'll do :)
And here's my blurb on the back of my wall:
And last but not least, it's traditional with CJs, isn't it, to have a couple of pages at the back of the book where everyone can sign in with tags....
Some people hate this kind of graffiti especially - a wall full of tags (usually a stylised signature or set of initials written quickly with a fat chisel nibbed marker pen) certainly isn't as pretty or striking as most street art.
But I find interest even in these messy walls.
And I'm interested to see what everyone else in the CJ group comes up with for their personal tag.
I think that's everything - sorry for the image overload!!
This book goes out into the world in August. I'm really excited to see what everyone does on their walls :)