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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