11 May 2012

Book du jour - inky books

For the joint exhibition of printmakers and book arts at the college next month, I'm working to produce a critical mass of inky books. I hope there'll be a little crevice or hole somewhere in the exhibition space they can seep or cascade out of. The books are mostly palm-sized or smaller, and I'm trying to make them unique. A long afternoon yielded the five on the right, which aren't yet stitched together -
The latest batch is made from papers I screenprinted last year. Before inking individual pages (on both sides) I add graphite frottage -
The graphite shows through the ink, as does (faintly) the printing -

 Some books have edges dipped in melted wax before inking -
 These await the next studio session -

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