Part 5 of A Collaborative Artist’s Book With My Friend Chelsea Clarke

This post is the fifth of a six-part series detailing the assembly of a collaborative book between myself and my friend Chelsea, a talented illustrator as well as print and fiber artist (start at Part 1 here)! If you want to make sure you catch all the steps, you can subscribe via email, or RSS feed. (or just keep checking back, I’ll have a new step every other day)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |Part 6


Photo 1: Here’s the cover after I put it under the press, wrapped in waxed paper, for a few hours. The vertical lines are part of the paper and are thin pieces of grass or reed, incorporated as the paper was made. I thought it provided a nice contrast to the crazy organic shapes of the lichen.

Photo 2: First I applied glue to the back of the lichen, and then carefully set it down where I wanted. I used tweezers and additional glue on a small brush to adhered lichen fronds that weren’t stuck down properly, or to reposition the bronze tissue paper which was easily wrinkled and folded because it was so thin.

Photo 3: Slightly out of order photo –  here are the lichens the way I laid them out before I glued them – I played around with a few different arrangements until I settled on the one I liked best. You can also spot Meowstro here keeping a close eye on things.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |Part 6


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Cynthia Schelzig

What an interesting project. I just read all the parts…what fun! I finally made something with my little triangles you sent me:) fun,fun,,,,have a nice rest of your Sunday.


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