With this book I started once again with calico pasted to typing paper. The page was a sheet from an old manuscript, but the text is not visible.Â I tried to do a second print from the tree monoprint, but it didnâ€™tÂ take very well.Â I used an onion bag to put some texture on, painting through it, and put some random blotches of paint as well, but it didnâ€™t look like it was going anywhere good.Â
In the past, laying painted paper towels over another surface has been great at producing a semi-translucent textural wash-type effect.Â I had a piece of paper towel that was the right color pattern, though in retrospect it would have been better to divide it into a single layer instead of using both plys.Â Â
After pasting the towel down to the calico with acrylic medium, I took a toothbrush and rubbed it over the surface to enhance the texture.Â This wavy pattern in turn encouraged the fish motif.Â After it dried, I sanded it lightly, which brought out the texture and roughened the surface to make adhesion better.
I had the tag left over from a sale on scrapbooking supplies, and wanted to put a quote on it.Â If Iâ€™d been able to fit it all, I would have liked to put the quote â€œthe race does not always go to the swiftestâ€.Â For me, this piece is about perseveranceâ€”a trait writers must have if they are to succeed.Â Since that wouldnâ€™t fit, I chose one word, â€œStriveâ€ and stamped it on with pigment based ink. Again, I had to seal it with clear embossing powder to keep it from smearing.
To highlight the tag, I used a piece from an old movie poster.Â Bonus points if you can guess which one.Â In retrospect, it would have been nice to have an additional 3-D embellishment (like a small fish charm) above the tag, but by the time Iâ€™d realized that, it was too late to sew anything on.
Before I attached the cover to the inside of the book, the cover only had one fish (the orange one.)Â Once it was glued over the spine and fastened, it seemed a little empty, so I cut out another fish and let it wrap around the spine to connect front to back.