Monday, December 22, 2014
Designing the Solstice Card
After the early November Masscribes workshop with Mike Gold, I knew this year's card would feature words and lettering and would be based on work I did in the workshop. My first thought was to do something with these abstract exercises using words from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky.
I knew that there would be a small number of words. I thought about using "dona nobis pacem" which we sing every year at the Revels. I thought I might put the English in type: "Give us peace." I rejected this quote because I feel we humans are not being very humane at the moment and need to work for peace, not ask for it to be given. I then considered Joy to the World and Rejoice but felt that the sentiments were a little too exuberant for the times we live in.
I was reminded of a quote from Julian of Norwich when I saw it on a bracelet in a catalog and decided I would use it. I turned to some other exercises from the workshop for inspiration for the lettering. The lettering was done with a C-4 Speedball nib and Higgins Eternal Ink.
I did a quick draft
and then wrote the words multiple times.
It wasn't quite working and eventually I decided on two things: I would separate the quote into two parts so that there would be more space within the letters and I would use both upper and lower case letters as I felt that the large number of double Ls did not provide enough variety. I originally thought I would put the beginning on the front of the card and the ending on the back but decided against that. I turned the card horizontal and added the attribution vertically in type. The final image was created in photoshop with a photo of the sky as background. I took advantage of a special and had them digitally printed at zoo printing.
I was pleased with the result and pleased with the process. In my early days, making the holiday card was fraught with tension and sometimes despair. I love how easy it has gotten. One of the advantages of experience is that I have become better at listening to the work and letting it lead me. There is much to be grateful for.