I have been making a poster for the art raffle fundraiser for the Gafney Library. My task was to create a design that would accommodate the names of the 38 artists who are donating work for the event. I'd planned to take photos to document every step, but as I got closer to finishing I couldn't break the momentum to stop and take pictures. I was under a little deadline pressure as well.
Working on a piece of 24x30 inch canvas board, I arranged 16 large circles (using a dvd as a template) to begin the design. I envisioned the names as radiating out from the center of the circles. There needed to be space for 38 names. I printed them out in Photoshop along with the text for the bottom of the poster. At first some names were displayed on the diagonal but I finally settled on a design where all the names were at right angles:
Then I used blue painter's tape to mask the outside edges of the main design and layed down some .5mm white cotton cord to delineate the boundry of the white space behind the names, taping down the ends of the cord on the painter's tape. I locked the cords into place by covering the square area of the design with a sheet of very thin Japanese white tissue. I applied acrylic medium with a small brush over the entire surface, being particularly careful of the area around the string. This made the top layer virtually disappear and allowed the colors underneath to show through. Then I trimmed the ends of the cord even with the thin tissue and removed the painter's tape.
My last design task was to make a decision about the small dots at the intersection of the names. After playing around with different versions in photoshop, I decided to use two contrasting colors in order to have alternating colors at the four corners to create some movement:
As a final step I applied two more coats of acrylic medium to the entire poster, allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats. The design reminds me of those Yo-Yo quilts where you gather circles of fabric and attach them at the edges.
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