This book has endpapers that resemble shiny aubergine colored cloth.Â Its cover has a base of gessoed cotton.Â I wanted to use collage images, but I’m finicky about stealing work from others, so I used stuff I had lying around. The words are lines from my short story ‘Emily’s Fifth Birthday’ cut into strips and painted various shades of red and purple.Â The oak leaf motif is a photocopy from the design I did for my fake tattoo this April fool’s day.Â The crow is a sketch from my notebook.Â
The red color is from a translucent red cloth. I have three or four layers of cloth, and interspaced the other design elements within them so that there were degrees of translucency.Â I adhered the whole thing down with acrylic medium.
The letters are from a scrapbooking elements box.Â Betsy Hasman helped me with the Latin.Â She assures me it means “I write.”Â IÂ considered other languages, butÂ Latin won because of the conservation of E factor.Â Those letter kits never have enough Es.