Sunday, November 22, 2015

cutting, inking, burning...

As mentioned previously I am working on three books for the Al-Mutannabi St Starts here project.

I have now managed to cut out the pages for the three books (my finger gave up cutting out all five pages I had prepared - here's hoping I don't stuff any up).

The remnants of cutting out nine pages.


Here are the nine lined up, and overlapped and looking lovely - I am quite fond of the white, the negative space and the layering of multiples.






And here is the page after I painted walnut ink onto the the pages. Quite gorgeous in its own right!


After drying, slight smoking and then more smoking...




Edging closer...

14 comments:

  1. Oh Fiona, these are fantastic, my increasingly arthritic hands couldn't do this but I can still appreciate the work that has gone into it. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks Penny - one of my fingers fears it may not be able to do them for much longer either! But I shall persist for a bit yet. Go well.

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    1. It is indeed Roberta - I find it focusses the mind and I get almost trancelike in a way! Go well.

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  3. beautiful work and photos Fiona!

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    1. Thanks Mo, I love the layered whites on white...

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  4. Just gorgeous....like lacework! Such delightful works! Cheers, Patti

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    1. You're right Patti - it is quite reminiscent of lace-work isn't it? I might do some that I keep white I think...go well.

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  5. I can just imagine all the time and effort put into all your precision cutting .. and with such lovely results... love the connections between the letters forming the words.

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    1. Thanks Donna - it took some time, but was enjoyable and I liked figuring out how to create all those connectors and links betweens letters and the frame...go well.

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  6. Amazing work Fiona, you come up with fantastic ideas, lots of cutting though

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  7. So very wonderful. The smoking really makes it.
    Sandy in the UK

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    1. Thanks Sandy - it really changes the nature of it doesn't it? I had originally thought white on white is beautiful; but is just doesn't carry the weight of the message as well.

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