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Failed Rose: a thermal bound book
To make Failed Rose, two sprays of rose-like gentian were scanned and manipulated in Photoshop, printed on a light brown paper and the prints enhanced with colored pencils and pastels. With pen and gold acrylic ink an Emily Dickinson poem, from which the book takes its title, was written around the image edges.
Wishing to hurry spring, I scanned two sprays of rose-like gentian, covering them with a dark cloth. I manipulated the scans in Photoshop, printed them on a light brown paper and enhanced the colors with colored pencils and pastels. With pen and gold acrylic ink I added Emily Dickinson’s poem, writing around the image edges:
God made a little Gentian
It tried to be a Rose
And all the Summer laughed.
But just before the Snows
There rose a Purple Creature
That ravished all the Hill
And Summer hid her Forehead
And Mockery was still.
In Photoshop the title of the book was added to one of the flower images and printed onto the same paper as the pages. The excess paper was cut away and the title glued to the lower right corner of the black linen cover with gel medium. A tacking iron ensured the edges were well adhered. Gold-leaf enhanced the title and a ribbon glued around the book, with it’s edges slipped under the endpapers, added dimensionality.
To bind the pages into the cover, the binder was preheated, the pages collated, aligned, and placed tightly against the glue impregnated spine inside the cover. The book was placed spine down into the binder for 90 seconds for the heat to melt the glue embedded in the spine.