I spent the afternoon at the MoMA Print Studio again today,
When I arrived, I selected six books from the Reanimation Library, and made some color copies of interesting photos and illustrations. At that moment I had no specific creative ideas, except to make another small pamphlet book. While I was looking at my copies, a paper mask ink drawing from Joseph Leeming's book, Fun With Paper, made me think of Venice - and I was inspired to make a book using colors and images that remind me of our visits.
The books I pulled, making an average of 3 copies per book, were: Hornung's Handbook of Designs and Devices, Talk With Your Hands, Interior Design, Stage Make-up, The Printed Picture, and Fun With Paper. The images that I used from last time were from the book The Story of Writing. It amazes me that such random and quickly chosen illustrations/photos can inspire creative ideas on such a different topic.
I had enough random images to use when I combined these copies and I happily tore paper and glued it in place for the next two hours. The only new image I copied while working was the photo of Venice on the last page and that came from a book entitled Around the World in 2,000 Pictures.
I used ink, stamps and watercolor pencils over the images after everything was glued in place and stitched the two folios together using linen thread and a pamphlet stitch.