This is one of several commissions which are long overdue.
I am slowly recovering my usual rhythm.
My humble apologies to all who have commissioned a journal with me.
This commission wanted a picture of this beautiful aboriginal painting incorporated on the covers .
Its truly beautiful.
I always liked aboriginal paintings.
Their sense of colour is so right.
And their compositions.... fantastic.
After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing of discussions, I embarked on this idea. .
I was toying with the idea of a swathe of dots flowing across the covers.
Then the swathe idea got further developed into a river theme - a popular subject in aboriginal paintings.
But how to execute the river?
I thot I could dot paint , but wasn't confident.
Any paint must be so good it has to withstand abrasion.
Besides it might also compete with the pic for attention.
Painting was beyond my capability.
I went back to the idea of an emboss of a river of dots.
This way , it wont overpower the pic.
And I am more confident in embossing / debossing by now.
The difficult part was trying to resolve this river of dots.
It was a technical challenge for this commission.
So I Decided to try out ....
Here you see both bookcloth(top) and buckram(bottom) being tried out.
Both me and the Owner settled on a Burgundy colour for the covers.
It blended well with the burgundy hues on the pic.
This trial experiment was useful in showing the following :
- what size dots would be more appropriate ?
- how thick should the dots be?
- how well each material could hug tightly round each bump of a dot.
- most of all , whether an emboss would work at all for closely spaced dots.
In the example above, I fared badly in dot painting.
As the Owner rightly pointed out, the dots should be of equal size , and more imptly, they are more regularly spaced out.