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There are 52 weeks in the year 2014. Why not to draw a complete illustration for every week? We’ll succeed in making a whole book at the end of the year in such a way. Anyone may join the book project "An Endless Book" and make one’s own book. One week - one illustration!

You are free in the choosing of technique. It could be computer graphics, photographs, watercolors, crayons, markers, paper or clay, any kind of collage or scrapbook pages. The only condition is: the illustration on the previous page should flow smoothly into the next one, so there shouldn’t be visible seams or rough blends. For these purposes it is better to make a notebook folded into an accordion-pleat style. Your leporello (51-52 pages) will be a large panoramic illustration at the end of the year.

Additional assignments for a development of a color sense, composition or fantasy are waiting for you in the process during the year. Feel free make them or ignore them. Assignments will be posted in my LiveJournal blog and duplicated in the project community on Flickr: An endless book.

I publish a collective posting once a week on Thursdays in my blog conjure.livejournal.com Here you can show the result of your weekly job and look at works of other participants in the comments. By the way, you can subscribe there to the tag 'endless_book' to avoid missing of the weekly publication and the project information.


 
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01. Who can participate? Is any registration required?
02. Terms and conditions.
03. And if I'm late with the publication?
04. How to choose a theme for your handmade book or to elaborate the end-to-end concept?
05. How to make a notebook for the project, what format and kind of paper?
06. Which technique could I use for the picture?
07. How to create illustrations that will blend seamlessly from page to page
08. How often, when and where my works will be shown?
09. What additional tasks wait for me in the process?
10. How could my work be published in the magazine “Beamused”?
11. What surprises are prepared for me by the magazine “Beamused”?

 
 
01. Who can participate? Is any registration required??
Anyone may take part in the project "An Endless Book". All what you need is a will to work heartily during the whole year. You need no registrations for this. Just participate in the Thursday postings every week.

 
  02. Terms and conditions.
To have a complete book at the end of the year, it’s necessary to keep the terms and make exactly one page during the week. At that, the illustration on the previous page should flow smoothly into the next one to avoid any visible seams or rough blends separating weekly illustrations. Our task is to create a large panoramic image. (See below item 07 for details.)

 
 

03. And if I'm late with the publication?
Okay, the main is not to be late very frequently for your own spiritual comfort. Project lasts during the year, so, many different pleasant and less pleasant events could happen. Holidays, hot job, sudden illness and who knows what else. Publish your work in fresh postings by plan. Show together all the new pages made up to this time if you missed one week or more.

 
 

04. How to choose a theme for your handmade book or to elaborate the end-to-end concept?
Think first what you would like to draw, photograph or do handicraft for whole year. Plants? Animals? Your own life? Daily breakfast - lunch - dinner? Or maybe you would like to tell the complete story like keeping a diary of feelings or discoveries? Or maybe you want to devote all the year to making self-portraits or portraits of beloved people? In any case, try to make the concept for all the year with a plenty of space for your imagination.

 
 

05. How to make a notebook for the project, what format and kind of paper?
It will be better to have a notebook folded into an accordion-pleat style. It’s necessary to attach a tough check cover with ties at the both sides. So, there is no fear that your thick album swell even more at end of the year.
Leporello
You have a few options. At the beginning you can make a book-accordion (leporello) with 52 sheets and cover on sides. Or you can prepare 52 sheets of the same size and just glue every week a new worksheet. In that case, you always can cut out the wrong page and glue the new one. A cover can be made at the end of the year.

If you draw the whole year with the computer and then print, you still can not do without leporello. Links to workshops for leporello manufacturing will be published later.

Book format is completely at your discretion. If you decide that you’re able to fulfill a page of a postcard size weekly, then your book will be about the A6. If you want to swing then your book could be A3 size. Your illustrations could be vertical or horizontal - it’s you business. The main thing is the desire to create!

Choice of the kind of paper for your notebook is completely dependent on technique. If you use acrylic or watercolor, it would be better to take dense small-grained watercolor paper (starting with 165g/m2). If you want to work in collage technique, it’s better not to use heavy paper because collages can be very large. If you like using of photograph and making your book in Photoshop, it’s better to print it on photo paper. More information about paper choice and quality you can find here (sorry, in Russian).

By the way, if your book will be made with embroidery pattern or drawing on canvas, feel free to roll it. Then you can well do without leporello.

 
 

06. Which technique could I use for the picture?
There are no principal technique restrictions for illustrations in the project “An Endless Book”. Use one you like to or you've always wanted to learn, but placed on a shelf for a long time. Work with the computer, paint with acrylic, watercolor, markers and pencils, make a huge scrapbook or collage, engage to linocut or embroidery. The main thing is you want to do it and like to do it.

 
  07. How to create illustrations that will blend seamlessly from page to page?
Rely on your imagination! A binding of illustrations is easier than it seems. You can show a part of an object on the current page and continue it on the next one. It’s possible to use any repetitive coupling elements.

For example if you make a book about the Tsar Ivan Vasilyevich’s adventures, his beard on one page may turn into a river, a tree or a couch blanket on the other page. In any case, keep in mind: the participation in this project is you chance to hone both a skill in pictorial technique and a development of your imagination.

Or you can just to continue your illustration on the next sheet of paper.

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  08. How often, when and where my works will be shown?
The project will start at January 1, 2014, Wednesday, and it means half of the first week of the year. Therefore, we’ll start work displaying just since January 9th (LJ collective postingand Flickr group "An Endless Book"). So, it’s good enough if you make a book with 51 pages.

By the way, in the Flickr group "An Endless Book" you can show and publish your works which you missed to show in time.


 
  09. What additional tasks wait for me in the process?
Small additional tasks will be given in the process for a fantasy growth, develop a sense of color and composition.

For example, it will be pointed some object for entering into your illustration but this thing should not look awkward. Or three colors will be announced for usage but you should use them in such a way that they would not spoil the composition balance. Or you will need to infuse a certain emotion in your illustration only by making use of color. It’s your choice to carry out these tasks or not.
 
  10. How could my work be published in the magazine “Beamused”?
If somebody is out of the swim, the Beamused is one of the most popular magazines about creativity for Russian readers. This magazine is about us and for us, creative folk. This unique edition devoted to master classes, inspiring interviews and reviews of books and materials – all this staff occupies nearly 90 % of its volume.

The Chief editor Katherine Solovyova has been interested in the project "An Endless book" and offered the support. As the magazine is published twice a year, the competent jury of 2-3 people will be shaped before the next issue to select some works for publication under the heading "Creative diary".
 
  11. What surprises are prepared for me by the magazine “Beamused”?
Work publication in the magazine Beamused is only part of the story. Magazine decided to support us with different, very tangible things. A small draw will be held for the project participants in the blog conjure.livejournal.com every month. Magazine “Beamused” will gift different things from his store - - notebooks, cards, pencils etc. Each gift will be accompanied by a little surprise :-)


Copyright Natalie Ratkovski 2013-2014, translator into English by Olga Sabo