You have seen the gridwork for Step One of The Process in my previous post. I thought I would now explain how it became what it is.
The client wanted a design for a 3"x5" Bookplate. There would be lots of lettering in this small space. So, how do you do work in such a tiny area with so much lettering? You don't! You make it bigger, and once the design is finished, it is scanned and resized to fit the 3"x5" as requested.
Here is where graph paper comes in handy. It has little squares all over it that are equal in size. So, I drew out a 3" by 5" rectangle on the graph paper, lining up the top and bottom of this rectangle with the squares of the graph paper. To make this rectangle bigger, I then increased each corner of the 3x5 by 8 squares and connected the corners. It's kind of like Zooming Out with a camera.
In other words, what started out as 12 squares by 20 squares (3"x5") became 28 squares by 36 squares (7"x9"), and that bigger rectangle is much easier to work with!
Now, you are wondering, if the client wanted something that is a rectangle, how come there is a circle in the template?
As I thought about all of the lettering that needed to be a part of this Bookplate, I remembered the client wanted a border. Why not put some of the lettering inside the border and that would free up space within the rectangle? My next thought was, a circle with lettering in it is beautiful. Why not make the border a circle instead of a rectangle?
So, I took out my compass and made a circle that would fit into the size of the rectangle, and now part of the lettering will be in that circle border. Some will be inside the center circle. And now the corners of the rectangle are freed up for more input.
When I was finished with this graph work, I showed it to my husband. He said, "That's a lot of geometry!" I said, "I don't know what it is, but it is now the template for my design!"