I’m working on creating a Book of Hours for an on-line class I’m taking through The Abbey of the Arts called “The Way of the Monk, The Path of the Artist.” The assignment was to write a haiku for each of the hours of prayer for the day that are enumerated in The Rule of Benedict. Once that was done, we were invited to create a personal “book of hours” incorporating them.
I wanted to do an accordion-style handmade book with watercolor. I also wanted it to be very small and simple.
Here’s my start.
I’m not especially skilled or practiced in watercolor, so I’m doing some practicing first to make sure I don’t mess it up. I also made a prototype of the accordion book with 3 x 5-inch cards. That’s the size each page will be when finished, although I plan to use a long strip of watercolor paper.
I’m hoping to get to finishing the book later this week.