Finally, finally…. I can show you what I was working on for so long. Remember that I kept something hidden on my desk in the past months, telling you it was a commission-project? I am allowed to reveal it now, and I will tell you all about it later in this post. First, let’s have a look what is on my working desk this morning.
Yep, see that Dutchies? I am preparing a new (live) workshop – date and info will go in my shop later this week (and I’ll send out a newsletter too. You can subscribe to my newsletter on my website)
And now… drum-roll please… ta-dah…
Early this year I got a request from the founder and choir master of Koorgroep De Vlis-Singers who asked me if I would be willing to make 50 booklets for the 45 anniversary of the choir in June. He’d seen my work on the open atelier weekend in November and thought these booklets would be a lovely gift for all the choir members to celebrate the anniversary.
Oh, hmmm, fifty? WOW!
Luckily, I had months to work on these. I made a plan and a concept-booklet (which the choir master was very enthusiastic about!) and went to work. I choose different colors to keep working on this task fun. Here’s a photo of one of the ‘reddish’ books.
I folded the cardboard and glued music-sheets on it as a background (both front and back.) I added (sewed) a leather thread on the booklet so that it can be closed. The title (see first photo) shows the anniversary years. I stamped and embossed the title on the cover.
Next, I added color with spray ink using a dotted template. I hand-carved stamps and stamped on each page. Then I sewed plastic photo-pockets over the stamped images (the choir-members can use this booklet to keep photos of the choir in it.)
On the other side, I hand wrote a phrase that comes from one of the songs this choir sings often. The circles are stamped and colored with sharpies.
Here’s the blue version of the booklet.
And here’s a finished booklet with photos in the pockets.
I promised the choir master to keep this a secret and not show the booklets on my blog until the anniversary date was expired and the booklets were hand out to all the choir members. That was last weekend. I hope the members love it!
That’s it for today then, see ya next time!