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Thursday, March 2, 2017

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.”

bink and I are making a Trumptime abcderian, using a wash-away technique for the illustrations.* (We'll add the ABCs later on the computer.)
Working title: Baby's First Resistary (more here).

This is my first one--J is for Justice--Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG displays on her chamber's walls an artist's rendering of the Hebrew phrase from Deuteronomy 16:20
Zedek, zedek, tirdof” — “Justice, justice shall you pursue.”** 


* How to Do Wash-away Illustration

Results may vary, which is, hopefully, part of the fun.

1. Tape the edges of a piece of heavy illustration board, to protect from water. Draw your illustration on the board, and paint with (white) gouache the areas you want to stay white. 

2. Let it dry completely, then brush black waterproof ink all over the board. It will not stain the gouache, only the board. (Brush ink fairly quickly so you don't re-wet the gouache too much, making it smear.)
Let the piece dry completely again. 

3. Rinse board under cold water--the ink will remain, having stained the unpainted areas, and the gouache will wash away to reveal the blank illustration board. 

** RBG mentions the "Justice" phrase on her walls here:
www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/past-days-of-remembrance/2004-days-of-remembrance/ruth-bader-ginsburg

Here's a version made by Ruth Mergi for the Women's March in January 2017, "written in the Hebrew feminine. Rawr."

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