Today I started on the final two lines of the gradient on my wall. Instead of doing each line after the next, as I have done for the rest of the wall, I have started to do a lighter shade as I go along, meaning I do these last two rows at the same time. This therefore means that it is easier and quicker to get the correct shade for the last row.
While I don’t need a ladder to be able to paint the last squares; only needing a step ladder with the paint brush extending my reach, I am not tall enough to reach the top line to put the masking tape down. I had looked round to see if I could find the ladder I had used when I was marking out the grid, however all the ladders are being used. Therefore, I asked James (who is at least a head taller than me) if he would be able to help and put the masking tape on the last and highest row. After this I was then able to start on the these rows, and I should be finished painting by tomorrow.
Today I finally finished measuring and marking out quite late in the day, so I wasn’t able to make much progress on the painting. However I was able to do the majority of the first row. I’ve found that it takes about an hour to paint six squares, and 15 minutes to masking tape a full row, so in theory I should be able to complete the wall by Thursday next week.
Today with the help of technician David, I started to map out the grid for my wall of swatches. After measuring out the space with a tape measure I found that it would be easier to have the swatches A4 sized, rather than the custom size I had created. The grid is therefore 17 swatches of A4 with a 50 mm gutter. I plan to do at least 9 rows up, but if I end up doing less, it’s not the end of the world. As long as I am able to get some pastel shades in there I will be happy.
Tomorrow I will need to find a ladder to finish off the top few lines, and then I should be able to start painting.
After yesterdays problems with the colour, I found that the problems weren’t over. Although most of the book had printed properly, I realised this morning that the first section of the book had printed its pages on the wrong side of the fold. This meant the page numbers appeared on the inside corners of the pages, and not the outside corners. Thankfully this wasn’t too difficult to fix, as I went to Ruth first thing in the morning and she helped me reprint the first sections for both the books.
Ruth then helped me through the process of actually binding my books.
- Fold each page at the crop lines, keeping them within their small bundle of 8 pages.
2. Use an awl to make holes along the folds of each page.
3. Stitch each of the sections together using a specific stitch.
4. Use PVA glue to glue the sections together. Leave to dry for 10 minutes before coming back to glue some fabric to the spine.
5. Using the inkjet printer I printed my two front covers, allowing space for the spine.
6. Measure out the spine and a small section of the page and glue the cover to the book.
The books were then cut at the crop marks and they were finished. Even though they have taken allot longer than I had anticipated, I am really happy with how they came out. I’m also really glad that I decided to print them myself, as if I had sent them off to be printed elsewhere, and the colours had been printed wrong, there would have been little that I could have done to make it right in time for the private view.
Since printing had taken up the entire day, I also went to talk to David to ask if he would be able to help me tomorrow with how to use spirit levels and ladders so that I can start measuring out the grid for my wall.
Today, for the morning James and I went through all the unused plinths, and cataloged them on lists as either spare wood or full flat pack plinths. This is so that if anyone decides that they need a plinth after yesterday, they can easily look through the list to see if we already had a suitable plinth for them, rather than having to build a new one.
In the afternoon I had booked in to make my books with Ruth at 1, however after printing the first book, I found the colours had printed out completely differently to how they had printed out on my test print before. It seems that printing from different applications can drastically alter the colours – my test print I had printed from a pdf, and for the booklet I was having to print from indesign.
While I was frantically trying to sort out the colours, Visual Communications tutor Karl had come in to the computer room and found my sheets of colour spread out across the desks. He then lent me his Pantone colour catalogue to try and see if I could rematch up the colours using it.
Finally after allot of frustration, I think I finally have it all printed correctly with the right colours. Although I was planning to have finished the books today, I will need to come back and see Ruth tomorrow to actually start binding the books.
After all the trial and error I had done with trying to create my gradient I decided to do some research into creating four point gradients and finally came across a method using Adobe Illustrator. Using the mesh tool on a rectangle in illustrator I was finally able to make the four point gradient that I wanted. Rather than sticking to these four colours I found that I could make multiple gradients that could fit together using more colours.
After testing and playing around with different colours, this is what i finally came up with. I then went through the process of using the colour picker tool to select individual colours on the gradient to form the colours for my book.
In order to create my collection of colours for my book and wall paintings, I have tried out different methods of creating gradients.
Originally I used Adobe Illustrator to create a grid of evenly spaced boxes to fill with colour, and then tried to use the colour picker tool to put shades in place. This was very difficult as I want to have a gradient square between different types of pink as well as the shade. By trying to pick each individual one it was really hard to have a system, to make sure that the colour matched each direction of the gradient (up down, left right, and diagonal).
I then tried painting a wide range of random swatches of colour, and then attempted to organise them into a gradient. Ideally I would have then taken a photo of the gradient, and used the eyedropper tool to get the colour codes. However, this method was very time consuming, and there were gaps as I had not painted a swatch to fit inbetween certain shades.
After this second idea failed, I decided to try to use photoshop again. While it is easy to make a linear gradient on photoshop, I want to use multiple types of pink in different corners of a gradient. To achieve this, I first tested out creating two linear gradients of light and dark shades – placing these at the top and bottom of a page. I then used the eyedropper tool to select colours along the two gradients and then created a new series of gradients between the two. Although this half worked in a way, there were many things I didn’t like about how it came out :
- there were faint stripes down as some parts of the gradient didn’t fit together well.
- I wanted more colours within the gradient between the two top and bottom colours
It was also a very time consuming process, that didn’t really seem worth it for the the outcome.