book collage fun
OldBirdKing and Tom Cat
|in their prime|
|as they are now|
|OBK hitching a ride on Tom Cat's scruffy old tail|
Inspired by all the ladies Dee Grace Liz Marti Nancy (and those whose blogs I could not locate - sorry for that) who were collaging with Acey, I had a go at collage myself.
As I don't react well to prompts & in the spirit of regaining as much self confidence as I can, I decided to follow my own rules.
I had a story 'Cat&Bird Tale', I have life long desire to make a book (by hand), I had a ready-made leporello for structure, as the printer* refuses to print yellow tones I had to improvise with the printing and used magazine paper to compensate for the lack of full colour, I churned out a couple of ink-wash illustrations, retraced photo's of old cloth pieces with a shadow cat and a shadow bird from way back
I looked for and found a photograph of my father as a young boy, he's the proud owner of Tom Cat. And so it began: I took photographs of the images, printed the story and the images onto appropriate bits of magazine paper, cut them to size and glued these images all into the leporello
* not going there today;-)
I realised - too late! - I had glued the beginning of the story to the end part of the book by mistake, oh well
|the print results are not perfect on the magazine paper, but the text is still reasonably legible; I am not happy with the bubbles but hey, first effort|
|it's not a practical way to read a book, but I do think it would be an enjoyable experience to read a book like this together with a child|
Ps This really brightened my night after a rotten day. Thanks.
I happen to have a great book on bookmaking, Nancy, aptly named 'How to make books' by Esther K. Smith, itself a beaut' I ordered it a year or so ago - if my memory serves me well - and haven't gotten round to actually using it properly. I will reveal more in next post; glad the post brought some light after your rotten day. These days my goal in life is to bring as much joy as I can in my art (and in the tidying up)...there's enough BS as it is.
thanks Liz, that was an experiment brought on by a faulty printer and all of your collage work! I look forward to seeing what you might come up with, accordion-wise.