Category Archives: Story Art

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

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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

 

A Word About Writer’s Block

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Most of us on WordPress live a potential writer’s life. That is, some of us write all the time for a living, and others of us write when we have time because we love to write. We find places to write.

And some of us suffer bouts with writer’s block.

I never have had writer’s block. Nothing ever has stopped my blabber-pen!

However, I believe I do things with my writing that may unconsciously prevent writer’s block, that effectively allow me to avoid the pitfall of mental blockage.

Photography and artwork are part of that unconscious effort. I like to take pictures; the one displayed here was taken in the 1980s. (Non-digital, it uploads with no difficulty onto the modern writing sites by the way.)

When people talk to me and ask, “Where do you get your writing ideas?”, I’m sure my expression is one of incredible disbelief! That’s because I’m thinking, “What? Are you kidding? Look around! The answer is ‘life’ in all its ups and downs!”

What do you see in the above picture? Or is it just obvious to me that a storyline jumps forward here because I’m a farmer’s daughter? Old pictures, and pictures just taken, as well, and artwork are powerful forces to use to avoid, or to overcome, writer’s block. Look at pictures. Do some artwork, which, after all, doesn’t have to be Picasso-esque!

Those things help unblock the stopped words.

Never pass up the opportunity to write down your thoughts as they come to you! Keep a writing journal. Everything that can be called an idea is worth it’s weight in gold to a writer. And the more a writer observes and records, the less credence writer’s block will have to exist in his world.

See also: http://www.storypromptsdeluxe.wordpress.com

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Top Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
Photographed Book Cover of “The Creative Writer”, Edited by Aron Mathieu, 1961, published by Writer’s Digest, Cincinnati, Ohio

Equine Geos

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In experimenting with my own artwork for my fiction stories, I’ve found that using simple geometrics is a good place to start.

In the artwork above, I used geometric figures over stenciled horses to complement one of my novelettes, Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones, which will appear later in another of my blogs.

I enjoy using colored pencils, markers, and color, or gel, ink pens, as well as black and white drawings for my projects.

Below is another piece of handcrafted artwork which I created for “Factory Tails“, which can be read in chapters here.

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Creating my own artwork is something I like to do. It enhances my own enjoyment of the writing project at hand, and creating it is a relax mode for me as I roam the woods of wordsmithing.

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Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Canine Geos

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As I am not a true illustrator but I do appreciate “hand” artwork, I always find myself trying to create something different and entertaining for my fiction. Using geometric forms has helped me to achieve this.

The above artwork, with a basic geometric background, is an example of this effort.

I used colored pencils and gel inks to create this drawing that became a major format for my Factory Tails trilogy, from my Novels In A Nutshell series.

Cover artwork for the novelette FANS, also from my Novels In A Nutshell series, is shown below.

+++++++ Factory Tails may be read in chapters here.

+++++++ FANS may be read in chapters here.

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Geometric and Cover Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg