For my most recent group of book forms for Etsy I couldn't find the right kind of pattern for my end paper so I patterned and hand painted it myself. It took for-ev-er but it was worth it! Hopefully, as time progresses and I begin to have some small success with my store I will be able to work more and more independently of store bought products. I aspire to be completely self sufficient as far as making my own papers for decorative and drawing purposes. I have a vision of studio with pulp and screens, drying racks and presses (my inner artist is drooling).
|the beginnings of my pattern, post gridded|
|all finished, sorry for the halo effect. the pencil guidelines reflected in the light of the flash.|
|brand new 6|
All the end papers are completely different because they were cut from the larger patterned sheet. It was really awesome pairing them up with their drawing counterparts, almost like a design puzzle.
I'm really looking forward to doing more pattern experimenting for my creations so I don't have to rely on the mass marketed patterns in art stores. I try to stick with handmade papers usually from Tibet which I find have the most subtle and beautiful textures and patterns.
Check my Etsy listings to see these guys all set up. Thanks for looking!