In this post we want to give you some simple tips to design your own Ex libris.
These simple ideas that we propose, will also serve as a script to make the design of Ex libris for another person and thus give a personalized, unique and very special Exlibris.
EX LIBRIS DESIGNS
The basis of a personalized ex libris is the image, and since you have assumed the challenge of making it (drawing it), you must be clear that with this path you will get your Ex libris stamp to be unique.
To start designing your own ex libris, and if you are not fond of drawing, we recommend that you take a photo of a moment that comforts you in a meaningful way.
Think if you want to turn that photo, that moment into your personal brand. If you do not have it clear, continue with the search until you feel that you have found the right picture.
EX LIBRIS PROFESSIONS
If after an intense search, that special photo does not appear, think about whether your personal brand could be an image of your profession. It is a very common way of making stamps personalized books.
CUSTOMIZED STAMPS CITIES
If neither the photos nor the professions are your image, your city, or a city that has special meaning for you, it may be the solution.
We have made several Ex libris de Cádiz, Ex libris Madrid, Ex libris Sevilla, Ex libris Oviedo, Ex libris of your city, whatever it may be.
It is as simple as choosing one of the most significant monuments of that city and turning it into your Exlibris.
BE IT THE DECISION THAT IS, THE DRAWING WE WILL EASILY DO
Take a piece of vegetable paper and paint a grid on it, making each cell approximately one square centimeter.
Scan the image you have chosen, and increase it to the size of the paper you are going to use.
Now make a new scan of your image, but with the holm oak paper.
Print a black and white copy.
YOU ALREADY HAVE THE BASIS OF YOUR EXLIBRIS
Go back to take the vegetal paper that you painted the grid, and put it under the folio where you are going to draw. The grid should be transparent.
Start drawing on the paper, following the same order as the copy you made in black and white, but only draw the darkest features by making strokes. Do it with medium hardness pencil (HB).
Once you have drawn the most prominent features, separate your drawing from the grid and look to see if you recognize the image, or you need more details.
DRAWINGS FOR EXLIBRIS
If what you have painted is still not recognizable to you, do not worry, it’s just a matter of adding more drawings to get your personalized ex libris.
Now, with a softer pencil of mine (2B) you are incorporating with the same system of copying grids, some more details that you consider will make your work recognizable.
Continue with the same mechanics until the result is satisfactory for you.
Congratulations, you have already drawn your first Ex libris !!!
EX LIBRIS ABSTRACTOS
The result does not have to be exact, not even recognizable for the rest.
You can have a special charm an Ex libris that does not show anything concrete, but that you see in it that image that you wanted to draw without much success.
What’s more, if you like the result, but no image is readable, you can turn your Exlibris into a funny anecdote every time you see it.
We encourage you to do the test, and send us your exlibris designs when making your purchase of Ex libris Online at Tuexlibris.com
Surely they will be unique, and if they are going to be for a gift, the honoree will value it much more since it was drawn by you.
We hope these tips are useful when designing your own ex libris.