Designing the Scroll

I am gathering photos and information from other crankie artists.  Feel free to see what I have so far. More information to follow!


Can you give me tips for designing the scroll?

If the crankie will be performed to a live audience, I try to keep in mind, that person in the last row.  A seventeen inch high screen is not that big, so I try to make the images large and salient so that the people will be able to recognize what the image is.  It doesn't mean that you can't have  detail, but the images should be recognizable from a good distance.

I use Google images A LOT.  Not only for examples of images, but to get ideas for scenes.  

Here are some examples of planning sketches from various artists.

This sketch was shared by Katherine Fahey, papercut crankie artist from Baltimore. This is an idea sketch for her crankie "Pickett's Charge"
This story board was shared by Dejah Leger, paper cut artist from Seattle.
This cute miniature was the planning sketch for a crankie by Valeska Populoh. The full size crankie was performed at the Baltimore Crankie Festival in Jan. of 2015.
I use journals, to capture my ideas and keep them in one place. In this case, the scroll is accompanying a Scottish Gaelic song. I have the translation taped in the journal and ideas sketched and written beside the verses. When it came to REALLY planning, I taped some scraps of paper together and did more sketching and writing on the long strip.