A Pair of Happiness

I am making a series of children’s books for Baby Grouch.  It just sounded like a good idea, when ideas kept popping into my head during a jog or whatnot.  I’m trying to act more on my ideas instead of just thinking about them so I decided to give it a go.  I’m also trying to not NOT do something if I don’t think it’s as good as it should be.  Which is hard. Because sometimes you just end up completing a bunch of crap.  But, hopefully one of these times something amazing will turn out.  Won’t know unless you try, right?

What I have learned from this process is:

1)  I suck at illustrating.  I think if I waited a year, Baby Grouch could draw better.  Maybe I’ll hire her when she turns 2.  Also, I think a big part of children’s books are the illustrations….right….

2)  I have no idea when kids begin to understand metaphors.  Or similes.  Maybe this book will be for when she’s a teenager.  Or a parent.

3)  I can never remember the difference between a metaphor and a simile.

4)  I’m impatient.  I guess I already knew that, but it was re-confirmed.

5)  I don’t think anything is ever good enough.  But I’m trying to let that go.  So here it is.  All that’s left is to laminate and bind it up at Kinkos.

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update – I got it bound!

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Paper Fetish

Everyone has something peculiar they enjoy.  Some hobby, some craft, some chore, some strange cuisine, some type of entertainment.  Something.  Weird.  At least I think they do.  Anyone who isn’t boring does, I guess.

I have a paper fetish.  I’m infatuated with paper.  I love combining colors and patterns into pleasing designs.  When I scrapbook I create paper art with the addition of the faces I love.  I always thought scrapbooking sounded so dorky, but then I tried it and couldn’t stop.

There is something about the physical cutting and physical placing of the paper that is intoxicating.  I do not get this same rush from using digital software (though to be fair, I haven’t tried much out yet, other than adding the border and name to my pics below, so maybe that’s an addiction waiting to happen).

I cut apart magazine pieces and put them together into silly collages. It’s unlike scrapping in that I just find a few pictures that go together and create something out of what I have in front of me, instead of specifically choosing pictures or memories.  I’m always on the lookout for books and magazines that contain pictures I can use for my art at garage sales.  I think about creating more than I have actual time for my hobby, but either way, I am addicted to it. Not sure why.

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares”.  – Saul Bass

Here’s a small sampling of my collage art.

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3 piece collage.

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11 piece collage. This one was one my favorites to make. The penguins each found perfect placements.

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14 piece collage. I want to make this larger and frame it. I like this one.

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4 piece collage.

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20 piece collage.

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22 piece collage. The background is from a sewing book my grandmother gave me. Probably not what she expected me to do with it.

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3 piece collage.

5 piece collage

5 piece collage

What oddball things do you love?