In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.
Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.
This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.
And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.
Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.
My favorite pages so far. (K)
Thank you. I made these shapes with stencils (I love the overlapping looks you can get with them) and I was going to do something more to the pages, but…the longer I studied them the more I felt they were complete. I like the utter restfulness of these colors and shapes.
Restful…that’s exactly right.
My brain cannot settle on what I think the second page depicts (which is great because there are so many possibilities) but I immediately thought of the left hand page as a bee eye view of a honeycomb.
I just love that idea of the bee.