"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Eels .. a start.

I am completely fascinated by these slippery, mysterious creatures and their extraordinary life cycle. They are one of the subjects in my very long, 2015, to-do list. I have drawn some eels before, long ago to illustrate Philip Gross’ poem “Sargasso”. I had been thinking about another interpretation of the poem for a small book.


eels Sargasso


But meanwhile I am playing with all sorts of printing methods and wanted to make a simple concertina book for a bit more simple bookbinding practice.

I started with some sketches

eels-2

eels-1

ell-head-sketch

They do have teeth… awesome! 

Then made a couple of simple plates cut from card. I had made some card plates for the moon project but they were not terribly successful. Now I have made up some of my own shellac which I think will help.

eel--plates

Sketch and plates

eels4-bg

Trials with different weights of ink

first-eel-bg

A first folded print

Then I made a small simple case for the book. I say simple but it is tricky to get everything square, to stop the ink smudging and to keep everything clean. I printed some foliage for a quick cover, wrestled with some old wood type for the title and printed the back of the eel to tidy that aspect up a bit before pasting the print to the front cover. 

 

cover

The case cover

 

back-bg 

The back

 
eel-book-1-bg

Opened book

There are a million things wrong with this but it is a small triumph for me and number two small book form for this year. I am trying to make one a week.

 

Last week I used an old frog print, folded it and made two separate boards.

 

frog booklet 1

The folded book

front and back 

The front and back boards

open frog

The opened out print.

 

I have to consider this an experiment .. but good practice. See more here.

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