Last Sunday was Middelburg Boekenstad (‘Middelburg Booktown’) in the town I live. An event that I heard of months ago… and since my art journals are books – even hand bound books – I had the nerve to contact the local bookstore to tell them about my art journals. They offered me a space in the bookstore to present my journals and promote art journaling. So here I am, sitting at the table with a collection of my journals. (Oh, and see, they even made a placard for me… pretty exciting, to see my name printed on a poster!)
I just love our local bookstore De Drvkkery – I’m a bookworm and I can spend hours in a bookstore, just sniffing (don’t you think books smell awesome?!) and drooling (oops, no – not really, I wouldn’t dare) over the latest novels, art books and magazines. My beloved is not much of a reader but he don’t mind going to this bookstore, as they have a great collection of music too. Last Sunday, he took a small advertising magazine from the store home with him – it handles new released music albums – and I was struck by the advertisement on the back.
This add reminded me of Russian Constructivism and the typography on the posters in that period. Here are some examples. (The image at the bottom-left is not authentic from that period. It is a jazz-poster from 1979, influenced by Constructivism)
Why do I tell you all this?
Well, I thought it would be fun to make a week-page in my ‘Chronicles’ art journal inspired by these posters… and that is what you see lying on my desk today!
It’s quite a puzzle to get the words and lettering right! As you can see, I work on a loose sheet of paper that lays flat on the table to be able to use a ruler and measure the angles. I will glue the page in my journal once it’s finished.
Is there any other desker working with typography at the moment? Let me know, so I can come over to take a look – I’m all into lettering right now! (Talking about lettering… Tammy from Daisy Yellow has a series about letter-drawing on her blog, it is an easy, fun series and I recommend it if you like to learn more about drawing letters.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I plan to visit some desks myself later this afternoon, ’cause that is what WOYWW is all about after all. (WOYWW stands for What’s On Your Work desk? Wednesday, a blog-series hosted by Julia from the UK. Artists from all over the world post a photo of their desk on their blog and leave a link at Julia’s blog. These links will bring you to all kinds of desks from artists around the world. Fun, if you ask me!)
Have a great day you all, draw a letter!