COLOR: primaryIMAGE: extracted from a single image
LAYOUT: random or unplanned
PAPER: single color
STRUCTURE: unbound (set of cards, series of prints, etc..)
TECHNIQUE: high-tech (letterpress, printmaking, etc..)
TEXT: stream of consciousness, free-write, or rant
ADJECTIVE: fragmented or mosaic
|At the Circus... in its book-like box holder|
|The book-like box and 5-color title plate|
Inside the box, the rules of the game are letterpress printed on a plane sheet of Magnani paper.. The rules are simply: (Start with images face down) Flip up cards... taking turns and remembering their placement... until you can match two cards that are alike. Keep matching until you miss one. The person with the most match pairs wins! The game was created as a learning tool for a certain little guy who is currently learning his colors and who loves games...
|inside the box...game cards, a magnetic closure, and the Rules of the game...|
|first lithography printing (red) of the circus tent side of the cards|
Then the yellow tent imagery plate was made and yellow ink rolled out for the second printing... printing all 45 cards with the yellow imagery...
|..plate and ink (yellow) for the second lithography printing|
...and hanging those in the sun to dry quickly...
|second lithography printing (yellow...)|
|third lithography printing (blue...)|
After the blue imagery had dried a bit, a final printing of the black outline of the circus tent was made on all 45 cards, and finally the title At the CIRCUS was letterpress printed over that.
The plates for the circus tent and the images were drawn on polyester plates with Sharpie® Marker then lithograph printed on each card with black ink. Colored markers in red, yellow, or blue filled in the highlighted parts of each image.
|image side of all nine pairs of cards|
|the little dog and the blue hoop set...|
|the red clown car set...|
|the yellow lion set...|
|the seal and the blue ball set...|
|the elephants' red toenails...|
The circus is a magical place for all ages. It never fails to surprise and thrill and is it's own book of stories! In our local area this past weekend there was a small circus that came to town...The Zerbini Family Circus http://zerbinifamilycircus.com/. I can't wait to take a certain little someone to see the circus with his grandma.. because the circus turns us all into wide-eyed two year olds!
|The Zerbini Family Circus...|
|Andrea's book Distortions in it's clamshell box|
|the Distortions cards... What the wolf says...|
"It is all about your inner critical voice - in my case I called it "the wolf" - how it constantly talks to you and wants you to believe that you're a failure and other things. So my idea was to give the wolf a voice, let him write down all the distorted thoughts - therefore the title "Distortions" - on individual sheets of paper with room for more cards in the clam shell box -
The paper and the cards are hand printed using the technique of dentritic mono printing, which actually is squeezing acrylic paint between two glass plates, carefully lifting them up and very lightly putting a torn piece of water color paper on top.
The book cloth is handmade from a piece of cotton fabric I found in my stash. The words are stamped in a way that supports the idea of "distortion"... not even, but wonky and with different intensity." -AZ
The May Artist Ideation Cards criteria are:
Color: Highly colorful
Layout: Based on an historic example
Structure: Innovative structure (tunnel book, magic wallet, carousel book, flag book, etc.)
Technique: low tech (stamps, stenciling, hand lettering, transfers, etc.)
Text: found text
Adjective: lyrical or musical
Wild card: any one card may be omitted.