Colors and Crayons and Designs

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For those of you still interested in hands on, and free design and illustrations added to your handcrafted books and journals, here’s an example of a photographed shadow that quite easily could be used as a model to draw a book cover, or page, design. If you can click a basically-shaped shadow with your camera, you can reproduce it by using your view of the shape to draw it on paper. Then use your imagination to add to it with surrounding colors, colored lines, etc. in any manner you wish.

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Make use of the renewed coloring book crazes!

If you enjoy the art of coloring, crayon productions are another way to add dimension and interest to your handcrafted book pages. Crayons certainly have made a comeback in recent years in the adult world with the outpouring of nerve-soothing design coloring books.

But you can use the old-fashioned coloring book, also, as ABOVE. Always make the picture your own, using your imagination in the way of lines, fill-in, and color choices. If you are a pure journalist, colored designs, as well as black and white ones, make wonderful additions to your story lines.

There can be much more going on, here! Let your mind roam…

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Photos and Designs from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Creating An Art Backdrop

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My Roughcraft Artwork, displayed in a number of this blog’s art posts–as “Roughcraft Art– Stencil-Centered”, etc.–is based in backdrop design.

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The examples, here, (ABOVE and BELOW) are made up of the same design and stencil with different versions of a border. (Also see the post “Page Borders and Backgrounds” by scrolling down the main blog.)

Displayed here is a created backdrop and stenciled horse. The post “Roughcraft Artwork–Stencil-Centered” also included a discussion of the use of geometric designs added to this backdrop Roughcraft Artwork.

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The backdrop shown here is created by using a heavy black marker to swirl continuing loops, or basic Roughcraft Artwork, onto the page after the stencil has been applied in the center. The loops are free-hand drawn, with various, random length and width.

The fun begins with the colors! In this particular design, I used white-out, markers, and colored pencils, and a little red ink for the small heart. The stenciled horse was drawn with black ink.

If you are interested in making handcrafted books that include artwork, you can easily create backdrop designs to add to your project. I call mine Roughcraft Artwork because I’m no near an accomplished artist! I just go with the flow.

For me, the writing comes naturally, and art is a fascination. I wanted to find some capable way to add artwork to my handcrafted books, so Roughcraft Artwork was born.

And, of course, there are as many ways to vary it as there are people! So go with your own flow!

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Roughcraft Artwork designs from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

What Is This Scrabbled Story-2

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A Scrabbled Short Story, presented in ten, or less, words appears on the Scrabble board below:

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Can you unscrabble the story?

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Scrabbled Short Story and Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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ANSWER on the Board:
“Deadend Baited. We Careen.
Moments Later, Nobody Team.”

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Roughcraft Art–Stencil Centered

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As I’ve indicated before on this blog, I am not a true drawer, or illustrator. What I do is work with what is available and make it my own. Stencils and geometric designs are a large part of my artwork, as are spirographs of all types. For my short stories, and my longer homemade books of Fiction, I love to incorporate story-related stencil- geometric- and spirograph-centered creations, which I refer to as my invented Roughcraft Art.

(BELOW): Here is an example of a stencil-centered, geometric horse:

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I scanned the art piece twice, once (ABOVE) in full page, and again (BELOW) to demonstrate more closely the technique of presenting stencil-centered objects.

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The paper material on which this drawing was done is old-style soft, light brown wrapping paper, such as was used to wrap bundles of newspapers for delivery. As a once-upon-a-time local newspaper route delivery woman, I have mounds of this wonderful paper available. It holds colors true for ages without being under glass. Markers, paint, crayons, white-out, colored pencil, and ink all work wonders on this brown paper’s surface. The latest wrapping paper used now is more harsh, and I haven’t experimented with it to date.

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Drawings scanned from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

What Is This Scrabbled Story-1

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Can you build a short story in ten, or less, words?

On the Scrabble board below, is a seven-word story.

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Try your hand at unscrabbling the short story. Scrabbled Short Stories appear as feature posts on this blog.

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Scrabbled Short Story and Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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ANSWER on the Board:
“Roaches In Attic. Panic.
Bugman In Traffic.”

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Page Borders and Backgrounds

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Book page design ideas are endless. For my homemade books, I use a variety of typed, or easy flowing border designs in black and white, or in color, and some full page creations that easily can be typed, or written upon.

If, like me, you enjoy the old fashioned artwork done by hand and created with basic ideas, here are some ways you can rev up your pages for that homemade book.

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(ABOVE): This is just a little handiwork border with a stenciled “page” number space in the lower right corner. The actual number could be added via stencil, also. Perhaps something smaller could be stenciled into the round of the curve to the left of the word “page”, or a hand-written numeral might be inserted.

(BELOW): Here’s an excerpt page with a created border for the left hand side of the pages from my “Dear Diary” adventure drama novel entitled “Out of Vermont”.

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(BELOW) is a straight, mixed color border, easy to duplicate to use for many pages. I used this in portions of my novelette “Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones”.

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(BELOW): For my first edition of “Interlock”, a novelette thriller, I used a simple letter page border. The (excerpt) page shows BAT, for BAT Publishing, stretch-spelled from top to bottom of the page and from side to side. The name of the novelette, the page number, and BAT Publishing’s (then) address are shown at the bottom of each page.

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(BELOW): Using dashes, or pluses, or stars provided on your keyboard, you can fill

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an entire page with same, then make copies of it to use as background pages for your typed, or written story. Scanning the finished background page onto your computer, then printing it to make copies will lighten the background nicely.

(BELOW): See how typing across the processed background page is easy to do.

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Another page background that can be developed is shown (BELOW):

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This was created by making a copy of a pink sheet of paper that I enclosed in a soft, slightly wrinkled plastic magazine sheet protector. I then made copies from the copy. It, too, can be quite easily typed across and then copied again with the words intact to make multiple pages for multiple copies of your book.

I can create a different color, of course, by simply putting a different color of paper into the sheet protector.

As many of you probably use modern computerized techniques to edit and create images and whatnot, the versions I describe here may seem tedious.

But creative, stay-at-home personality types may find them interesting for low tech projects.

I refer to my techniques as simply “homemade”, and I enjoy making the creations, because I also put a lot of love and enjoyable work into “making” my stories!

(BELOW): This would be my idea of a high-tech homemade border, using the preciseness of a stenciled spirograph! Just create and fill in the color schemes.

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You could use this stenciled spirograph border on the right, or the left of the full page, and, although it is a larger design, still have plenty of room to type, or write your page’s lines.

Your story idea, your story designs, your homemade book. There are no limits. Just have fun!

(For more book design artwork by the author see also the novelette “Factory Tails”: http://www.factorytails.wordpress.com )

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Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

Stencil Art Is Accepted

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Just recently, coloring books for adults with varieties of a form of stencil art have hit the market. Admittedly, I’ve missed the coloring book days of my youth, and eventually graduated to stencils and stencil wheel art myself.

And there isn’t a thing wrong with using stencils to help form artwork for your handcrafted book material. I use it in my homemade novelettes, and I enjoy the creative process, which is pricelessly individual and toys with infinity in a self-indulgent array of endless possibilities.

All you need to do to enjoy stencil art and to add it to your self-published efforts is possess stencils.

I like shapes and geometric stencils because you can use shapes and geometrics in any way you please to add artwork to your writing themes.

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The above example was one I created for use in my novelette ” Fans “. It simply reflects distance in the story between a former star basketball father and his son who prefers soccer, while the pig images speak to an important conflict within — father versus former basketball star. The original artwork was done on graph paper.

Create at will!