Thursday, November 26, 2009

colour vs texture

Why can't things just work out for once... Why am I so indecisive.

I didn't realize how unfinished the rough dot texture on the blue suede looks when placed next to the wood. The red suede looks beautiful, and is so smooth and nice...however! The blue suede is in a navy blue, and I have a light "Alice" sky blue ribbon that would look beautiful next to the blue and light golden wood. Matching the ribbon to the red is a little tougher.

I could use the Navy ribbon I have on the dark red suede, but it's not as harmonic as the blue... I also have a sheer white ribbon, which is quite nice and it almost disappears against the wood. I'm not sure if that's a bad or good thing, since I've imagined clear ribbons showing in the open "spine" since day one. Ugh. I should sleep on it and look at it with fresh eyes.

UGH OR I could go back downtown and try and find a better piece of blue. Unrealistic and inefficient use of time, though... I'll just make a mental note, if I'm down there I'll swing by the store...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Half Resolution

Okay, so I'm going with the suede, I just haven't decided what colour yet. Time to colour match with my ribbons and materials. This is good, I won't have to go back downtown again... One day I'll use that fancy nice leather for something. A bigger book maybe.

I'm starting to question what my book is going to look like. Originally, I had wanted this book to look very... classic and nice, but only from the front and back. The spine will show the wood, nails and other... hinting at the uniqueness of the book. But maybe it will come off as unfinished? :s I didn't think of that until today...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Leather goods or leather bads

So I went leather shopping, and I realized that I need to know more about how to use the leather before I can really decide what leather to cover my book in. I went the Perfect Leather Goods downtown on King St. They were very helpful even though I was being very annoying and indecisive for a really (really) small purchase (I'm SOO annoying, I'm soooorrryy >_< :s).

There's this rack of small, single pieces, all only $2/square foot. I ended up buying two types of soft leather (suede-type material), one blue, one red.. just so I can decide on the colour later. However! Since it's so soft, and the because of the colour and suede texture, it's not going to give my book that distinctive classic "fairy tale" look. I planned on embossing the title (probably with no ink...) into that nice brown leather, but I cheaped out.

Actually, that's not true. The lady there showed me this absolutely beautiful, smooth, perfect piece of leather. It was goat skin, soooo nice. It was a rich marble brown. The problem was, she wouldn't cut it for me, so if I bought it, I would have to buy all 7 square feet for it.... all to cover a book that's not even half a square foot. Also, the hide was relatively thicker than the soft leathers I bought, so it's a bit bulkier to fold, especially around the corners of the eska board. Because of the small size of my book, and how I'm putting it together, I'm not sure if it's a good idea to use it, since I don't know exactly how to glue it on, and I'm not sure if it will be too bulky (at the corners). The person there told me if it's my first time using leather, try it on the cheap stuff first and next time use the nice stuff.

It wouldn't be terribly expensive to buy, but considering I don't even know if it's a good idea to use it on my project, I figured I'd ask for some advice first. I'm actually quite convinced that I'll have to go down there again to buy it, because in the long run, I'd rather pay a bit extra, for extra material than not having the best project I could.

I just don't know what I'll do with the other six feet of animal epidermis. I guess I can just use the rest of the leather to...... ........keep warm.. in the winter. Who doesn't want a goat skin cape, am I right? :p

Friday, November 6, 2009


Three Questions I pose about my book (experimental Alice in Wonderland book):

1.) Should I make my book very narrative or just glimpses and famous scenes more abstract? Should the art look more cartoon-ish (probably with the story telling) or more abstract and collage-like (for glimpses of scenes)? or both?

2.) Dimensions: Should make my book 'normal' rectangular (approx 4.5 x 3) or panoramic (8in x 2.75)?

I feel that I want a bit of shock value, when you see open the book (if its regular size). I imagine a simple cover and then you open it and it cascades...), but the idea of a panoramic book would be easier to hold (two hands) and would look very cool. A panoramic dimension would tell you from the beginning this is a different kind of book. I don't know if want the book to be too experimental though, because I want a good portfolio piece with substance.

3.) How much text should be in this? I'm thinking of doing most of the first chapter in full on the first "block" then getting more abstract with quotes and illustrations/pictures for the rest... I'm not sure if that will give the book enough substance though. I don't want this to be so gimmicky but it keeps heading that way. Also, I'm a bit worried. I wanted to do various illustrations with quotes, but with time constraints and the hand-done illustrations i was planning, I'm not sure if I can still do so many... I don't want to do photography... would having a minimal amount of content be... enough?!?! :s :s :s