If this guy looks familiar, that's because it has been in progress for a while and we've popped some photos of it into the last couple of posts. It's the first in what will be a series of small accordion books inspired by entries in the Chinese wisdom book, the I Ching.
This one is based on the 64th and final entry in the I Ching, which is usually interpreted as "Unfinished," or "Not yet completed." I created the original copy as a sumi-e ink painting. The edition shown here is produced digitally from a scan of the original, inkjet-printed on an Epson R2200 photo printer. I couldn't be more pleased with the printed results--in fact, in some ways I prefer the printed version over the painted one because the contrast of the blacks and greys is more pronounced.
Like with my last book, stitching speechless, I decided to invite chance and fire into the studio. With a combination of incense stick and matches--lots and lots of matches--I added smoke and burning effects to the paper. The effects are surprisingly different from the burning we did on stitching speechless. The paper we used for that project was a mulberry paper that burned very easily. It was all I could do to make some marks on the page without completely destroying it. In contrast, the paper for this book--a digital inkjet paper called Moab--reacted very slowly to fire or heat. The result is smaller, subtler burn marks, as well as some smoke effects whose fluid-like look I love.
And keep an eye out for new books in the series soon!