The idea for a new mixed media book came to me just before I went on holiday so I was able to sketch out a few ideas while I was away. I am fascinated by runes which are an early type of alphabet. At first I thought I would make the book historically correct and very rustic with each character formed from little pieces of driftwood. Sadly there was nothing suitable on the beach near our holiday bungalow. I then decided to have fun and place each runic character onto a colourful medieval style background and started to draw them instead. Should they be on a plain background with decorative border or placed directly onto the patterned background? Should they all be the same size and shape?
If they are going to have a medieval style background why not give them zoomorphic heads and tails?
The ideas keep coming and things keep changing.
The background shapes will be cut out and may have a gold border - the runic characters will probably be cut out of gold card or gold painted paper and placed on top. The next question is - should the runes be small enough to fit inside the background or allowed to stray over the edges? The designs are evolving and decisions are being made as I go along. I usually like to be able to visualise the finished article before I start work but I couldn't wait for that to happen this time.
It has been so humid today that I have hibernated - my body seems to want to stop functioning in humid conditions. Thankfully our house is beautifully cool with doors and windows open and curtains drawn on the sunny side. The garden is as dry as a bone in spite of having been watered and on Thursday, when heavy showers are forecast for this area, it will sigh a grateful sigh of relief. I might even go out and play in it myself.