Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Visual Sketchbooks - cont'd

OK now for Part 2,

But first - one more thing about the books. When assembling these, I like to use hard covers (usually heavy card stock or mat board) and I fuse hand dyed cloth to the front and back covers.

What you see in the next picture is a sketchbook open to the back page, showing the inside of the back cover.

This next picture is a page in the mid section of the same book showing the initial ink wash.

Next, I open the newly bound sketchbook either to the first page or last… not important which. Then, using a #11blade knife I cut out a shape (or two) from the page. Sometimes I use the imagery suggested by the black ink or I may have another specific shape in mind. I continue cutting out these shapes on several pages, focusing mostly on positive and negative shapes.

Using various black pens (from microns to fat markers) I add lines, textures and shapes at will to each page, going back and forth across the book. This process allows me to really develop a specific concept in much greater detail than ever before.

I end up with roughly four dozen drawings that are related in imagery, line, shape and texture. Sometimes I will fill up a book in one sitting but more often I will come back to the book several times to work a few sketches at a time. This is a very meditative process and provides rich thumbnails for future work.

Because of the way a book is structured, each cut out shape affects both sides of a page. As I turn to the next page, my cut out is still there but in a new context. This feeds the next cutout, inking and dare I say it even an occasional colour mark...

To keep things exiting, I have on occasion inserted a page or two of translucent organza or other textile into one of the signatures to allow for an occasional stitch mark to contrast with the paper drawings.

There are no end to the possibilities with this approach. Books can be made entirely of cloth and paper can be initially painted with coloured inks. I have been so busy just exploring the possibilities with black ink I haven’t yet been able to get around to colour – but it won’t be long!


Anonymous said...

Good to see you are back on the blogosphere! I like the new background better than the black. And you look good on the picture! Keep healthy and creative! Hope to see you some day!

Maggie said...

Your sketchbook technique would look great in textile too. Image layers of sheer fabrics and windows with only thread & the great combinations - or a folding book - my imagination is racing.
have a great day

Andrée said...

Congrats, Kit!
You solved the puzzle (you know what I'm talking about.)


Beth said...

Just checking in from our blogging class. This idea is the greatest.I think I will get out my xacto and go to work on a sketchbook or moleskin. Thank you for sharing this.

Kit Vincent said...

Thanks for the nudge, just what the doctor ordered!

Maggie, I agree completely. Using textiles with coptic bookbinding is even more intuitive. Gotta try that too!
Thanks Andree - great advice!

Thanks Beth, you are right, A moleskin would work beautifully with this technique as the paper is a rich creamy white.

Sojourner Design said...


I recently found my way to your blog and am so glad I did!

Your two posts about binding your own journals- and the cut out journals- have my mind racing!

What a way to kick off the weekend! Hmm, paper. Fabric. Handwoven fabric. Paper. Handwoven paper.....


Kit Vincent said...

Hi Diane,
Thanks for stopping by!
hmm, handwoven paper...never seen it or used it. Do you sell?