Ten weeks into my 99 day project I am still enjoying the challenge of coming up with a new design daily. The one below is for today and was inspired by the setting first quarter moon seen through smoke haze. (The real moon was slightly more orange.)
The colour orange has been a recurring theme for the week due to the smoke from northern forest fires. Twice this week I noticed striking similarities between my squares and photographs posted on Instagram by @loubeeferguson. (I have cropped her images square to emphasize the similarities. You can see the full images in her Instagram posts.)
Here are the squares for the rest of the week.
The first stage of each design is done in Photoshop. I create a colour gradient for the background. Then I overlay a cutting pattern in InDesign. Since I am doing most of the printing on coloured pastel papers, the colour gradient often appears as a colour shift in the background rather than as the colour it appears on my computer screen. The gradient also creates a sense of depth.
I have mentioned before that one of the reasons I chose to use gradient backgrounds is that they are ubiquitous on the internet and, during Covid lockdowns, many people were carrying on their lives on the world wide web to an extent not seen before.
Gradients show up in all sorts of icons.
They are also common in game designs.
(The game above is free from CBC Kids.)
Gradients are also common in nature. Here are some images from a ten minute walk around my yard.
If you would like to explore more digital uses of gradients, you will find an Adobe Creative Cloud article here with plenty of examples from digital artists/designers/illustrators.
In other book arts news:
Peter Verheyen has posted three articles about historic German bookbinding tools. I have posted the three video demonstrations below. The name of each tool links to Peter’s article on the tool and its use. The text below accompanying each video is from the YouTube page.
The Aufschabeblech (Fray Shield) is used in the German bookbinding tradition to fray the ends of the sewing cords so that they can be fanned out and smoothed onto the endsheets or a guard, on the top of the boards for the Franzband (extra binding), or when being laced. The tools shown on the videos are prototypes made by Jeff Peachey at my request.
In this video, the spine of a book is being backed using a Kaschiereisen (Frottoir). Using this tool, one gently nudges and moves the signatures to each side to shape the shoulder. It works equally well backing to 45 and 90 degrees. The other end of the tool is used for smoothing. Traditionally made of wood, iron, or steel, this is a prototype made of stainless steel by Jeff Peachey.
The square-trimming rule (Kantenlineal) is used in the German tradition to trim the board squares to the desired width. By aligning with the textblock, the book will always have even squares, even if the text block is not square.
In other news:
It is sunflower season! We had a single bloom on the kitchen counter last week. Here is a quick shot of this week’s bouquet.