If you follow me on Facebook, you know I have been taking my new Gelli® Printing Plate out for a spin, including trying out different printing materials. Above are rice paper, copy paper, non-woven fabric, and tissue paper. My first run of printing was exclusively on watercolor paper (below):
What to do with all these lovelies? I had a 5×8″ Moleskine journal from which I had ripped a page since I found I didn’t like the yellowish cast to the paper for drawing. Not a good idea on sewn signatures, so I decided to use the falling-apart journal to make an inspiration/meditation book using these new papers. My focus was on circles – always beautiful, always calming.
I started out (as a sort of warm-up) with some almost-squares cut from printed watercolor paper. On each layout throughout the book, I added pen and ink which may or may not be the last drawing, sketching, writing I do on each layout.
Prints on copy paper.
Main prints on rice paper with additions of non-woven fabric and copy paper.
Rice paper prints with the blue edge carried over from the previous page (not shown) with one square in watercolor paper. Creating an abstract book is the same process as any other type of book – building rhythm and continuity through the book in order to draw you forward and into the book.
Contrast is always good. Copy paper and non-woven fabric.
Both on tissue paper. I love how the tissue paper wrinkled in printing and glueing.
The background is one sheet of rice paper with additions of non-woven fabric.
This is just the start of this book as the process is as important as the product and there are many pages yet to be filled.