Short story… I wanted to make something different for a special, incredibly talented, artist. I went to her blog and found a post titled “Things To Do Before The Zombie Apocalypse” – things rocketed on from there.
I lead a rather boring life and am not too familiar with Zombies. I’m more afraid of not getting my art studio pulled together after having moved from GA to NC than I am of Zombies. In fact I think Zombies would be an easier issue. Just sayin…
Book: 2 1/2″W x 3″T x 9/16″ D I took a FABULOUS workshop from Hollis Fouts (hollisfouts.com/gallery) on copper etching book covers and decided to use this technique for the book covers.
Covers – The title was taken from the artist’s post. The copper covers were etched after applying vinyl stickers for the title, the script via a rubber stamp and (the artist wears her hair in braids) I drew braids on both sides of the front cover with a sharpie.
Signatures – 5 signatures using 90lb Canson mixed media paper. Each page has torn edges. Written in Micron Pen on the fold of each signature is one way to destroy a Zombie (useful when the apocalypse occurs).
Binding – Coptic Bound
I couldn’t leave it at that…
CLAM SHELL BOX: 5″W x 7 1/4″T x 3/4″D
Jacket: In my “stash” I had a book jacket from 1938 titled “Devil’s Saddle” – it seemed to fit the Zombie theme.
Clam Shell: Book board.
Cover Paper: Black faces with a white background – treated with Distressed ink.
Insets were covered in black paper.
Casket Lid: Wood veneer over book board. Hands: Poly Clay and gauze holding braided hemp rope.
- Aside from the standard process of building a clam shell…the bottom structure was built with only one side, turned over to cut out the two sections, then the back was glued in place.
- Covered with distressed paper.
- Covered insets with black crinkled paper.
OK, OK – I noticed JUST NOW while writing this post that Apocalypse is spelled wrong on the book. Do you know how many people have seen this book and how many times I’ve handled this book? A lot! SO, do I go ahead and send it?
The misspelling of Apocalypse aside – It felt soooooo good putting the reconstruction of my art studio aside and making this book and clam shell box.