Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 33: Pennies in the Well

   The book for week 33 is Pennies in the Well. This little book, 2 ¾ inches by
4 ¼ inches, is a collaboration from a variety of artists, family members, and friends about something we all do... wish.

Punched copper letters and pennies...

The cover is two pieces of 16-gauge copper and pennies. The copper cover pieces have been glued onto the text block with E-6000 seriously sticky glue. Each page of Stonehenge paper was letterpress printed with the words I Wish... 

Japanese paper and letterpress text
   The printing was done on the Pearl letterpress. 24-point BRUSH typeface and 24-point Goudy typeface were used for the printing. As usual, Pearl was sweet as pie and the printing went without a hitch! 

Pearl the Press
  The wishes were filled in (on the back of each page) by all of the collaborators. I love the individual handwriting. No direction or theme was given for the wishes... everyone could wish for anything they desired. Surprisingly, sometimes it took a little while to decide what to wish. Payment was a chocolate mint patty... when you're asking a favor like this, it helps to have a gift or a payment to say thanks. :-)

handwritten wishes...
Many wishes were illustrated in some way. Dreamers are often imagining what it looks like when their wishes come true... artists like to draw it.

illustrated wishes...
When the book was finished, it fanned out in a pretty array... as do the pennies in the bottom of a wishing well. This is the story, Pennies in the Well.

looking in... a cluster of wishes

I wish...     That time travel was possible
                  That I could go to England
                  That life made more sense

I wish...     TRUE OPEN MINDS
                   FROM ALL

I wish...     that everyone could have peace
                  in the world!

              ENDING THAT SHE 
              PROMISED ME

I wish...     I wish my brilliant brother
                  would find a job he loves
                   in Raleigh

I wish...     I wish my sister Kitty
                  could live pain free 
                             . . . . .

I wish...     there were no 
                  unwanted pets
I wish...     those I love (and
                  me) stay healthy

I wish...     to make something
                  beautiful every

I wish...     Sasparilla Moonbeams

I wish...     I were a butterfly and
                  could see the world
                  on the wing and a

I wish...     PATIENCE

I wish...     that my aunt fully recovers
              from breast cancer
              and that my mother-in-law
              fully recovers from her 

I wish...     to retire early
       & healthy.

I wish...     I wish I could
             spend one month
             making pottery!

I wish...      That all of the people
                   and animals in the world
                   were safe.

I wish...     I build more friends,
                  lessen my enemies,
                  reduce my stress,
                  enjoy the blessings,
                  appreciate HIS presence
                  every moment everyday.

I wish...     I wish to be camping
       under the stars tonight.
              ★    ★
         ★      ☽     ★
             ★     ★

I wish...     to find the joy in
                  the little things

I wish...     to hold onto the
                 happiness of memories
                 not the pain of loss...

I wish...     for always love,  for
                 support & strength, to
                 give and receive, and
                 always love. ♡

I wish...     adults would act
                 like children more often
                 and remember what it is
                 to be free

I wish...     I could go back in time so I
                  could have been present at the
                  time monks were making illuminated
                  manuscripts - it would be wonderful
                  to be able to watch them work. OR I
                  wish I could work at the British museum
                  w/ the illuminated manuscripts.

I wish...      "for world peace...
                   and a Winnebago..."
                   (-the movie Sneakers)

                  The End

What would you wish for?