Book-in-a-Day 38: Embark
Structure: Flag Book
Dimensions: 5 x 3 1/2 closed / 5 x
I'm beginning to realize that I really like using previous art pieces in my books. As a mixed media artist I am usually working on multiple projects at once so there are always pieces of paper and fabric that don't make it into a project or that get paint and materials on them as I'm creating. I love finding a place for them. So this 38th book is one that allowed me to do that.
Again, I used a piece of artwork from my time in Traci Bautista's workshop and repurposed it to make the flags. Then I used another recycled piece for the spine. The outside cover paper is a beautiful piece of mulberry paper that I've used before in another BIAD project.
The nature of this flag book structure allows the book to be read and experienced in at least two ways: as a traditional codex book or as a flag book where you open it from end to end and allow the flags to "fly". The seven center flags are flipped on the reverse side to help them stand out in the process of viewing, so I figured this was the best place to include the text.
Again, I used stickers for my text because it really is an easy way to get text into a book without typing, using a printer, or employing a letterpress machine. My first thought was to leave the flags blank and not include any image on them, but when I looked at the structure and extended the the book, I realized that content was warranted.
Tidbits about the process of this book:
If I were going to change one thing about this book, I think I would have distressed the stickers before putting them on the flags. The stark white really does stand out and kinda bugs me. But of course, all in all, I'm loving the book just like I end up loving all of the books.
I'm excited about what next week will bring. Please stay tuned!
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I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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