I’ve been juggling a number of projects lately, working out different problems, nothing yet fully resolved, so this is going to be a post that shows a bit of this and that. As I’m working little things that I want to share keep coming up, so here’s a glimpse at what’s going on here.
One thing that’s going on in the background is printing papers for a workshop that I will be teaching in a couple of weeks. I will need to make a few hundred copies, and I don’t want to leave this until the last minute, nor do I want to be fully out of the room as the copies come out of the machine. Doing these a few at a time
The main event of the evening is making a black 12-sided shape, specifically a dodecahedron. I made this template in Illustrator so that it will have certain details that I want, such as a door that allows access to the inside of the completed shape. The template has to be printed on a light colored paper.
I clip my black paper to the yellow with binder’s clips. First step is to press in the score lines, making sure that there is a surface that gives under the pressure of the stylus. For the stylus I use a glitter pen, because I like using glitter pens. Next step is to cut out the shape.
Here’s how it looks with cuts and score lines made.
Next I will be gluing colorful pentagons to the black paper. Pentagons were colored with Sharpies, copies were printed at the copy shop, and then I cut them out.
My wise friend Jane recommended that I go over the edges of the cut out pentagons, using an India Ink based marker. This is a Coptic Brush Multiliner.
I read this great book by Franz Zeier a few years ago, and, ever since, I’ve been trying to bring my glueing skills up a notch. He is using straight PVA to glue his models together, which is what I am doing as well. Since my grain directions won’t be lining up perfectly I like using the straight, unthinned PVA, as it has so little moisture in it, and dries so quickly. I have given up on using a brush with this project, as the glue dries quickly on my brushes, too.
I have found that it’s neater to use stiff piece of paper to do my gluing. First I pour a bit of glue in the bowl then dip an edge of my paper scrap into the glue.
I can put a really thin layer of glue down quickly, which is exactly what I want.
I love the look of the paper once the pentagons are glued down. Sort of hate to keep going.
I do keep going though. Such a friendly looking Platonic solid.
Now that’s it for tonight. Glad I don’t have to clean any brushes.