Without giving too much away, we started by choosing one basic colour to make the background. To make it more difficult for myself, I chose blue. If you want to see another post about my difficulties in creating with the colour blue you can see it here. We were shown a set of techniques we could use to paint the background.
This is part of the background.
We cut the larger sheet into strips to make a small zig-zag booklet and this is the little booklet of five pages I made. It measures just over 16 x 3 inches.
It doesn't read very well as a picture here, but I think that's OK as it's meant to be held in the hand and the pages looked at individually.
Lisa suggested that the artwork could illustrate the story of the Owl and the Pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.
When I investigated the background to see what I could possibly do with this expanse of blue, I saw a few birds appear like the one on the right below. I only had to outline him, give him an eye, an orange beak and little legs and feet and there he was, ready made. This is sometimes called "Pulled Art" and was a first for me.
These are the first two pages.
This is the centre page. When I saw the dear little cat appear, I knew what the title of the booklet would be. Isn't he sweet, he would never chase a bird, never.
These are the last two pages.
I didn't notice the monster behind the house until I had scanned in the booklet and he appeared on the screen. He was looking at me without an eye, so I had to give him one and rescan him in. There is another little bird sitting in the moonlight just on the right. I think he is sleeping.
I enjoyed all this enormously and spent a whole day making the booklet, totally in the Zone.
What did I learn?
I learned that I still disliked working with blue.
I discovered "pulled art" and new techniques for making a background.
And although I have made little books before, I hadn't made them in this way, so that is something I will certainly do again. A little booklet like this would be an excellent Birthday card for someone very special.
I hope you are enjoying my adventures in the on-line art course.
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Last summer my blogging friend Beate invited Orange Esmeralda's cats to a garden party in Germany. Beate has now finished the book of the event and you can read about it on her blog here.
There are four separate posts and when reading the first of the posts, click on the words "Weitere informationen" (further information) at the foot of the post to ensure you find the whole of the post.