Monday, March 11, 2013

Pinocchio: The Puppet Who Became A Boy

I had an interesting challenge working in Teri's "Fairy Tales" book this month.  Her book opens up in a vertical orientation.  Some of the spreads that preceded mine took advantage of the height of the book (e.g., Rapunzel, Jack in the Beanstalk).  What fairy tale could I pick that would allow me to do the same?

I just couldn't think of a fairy tale that inspired me, so I moved into Children's Stories, then Disney movies and that was when it came to me.  I could do Pinocchio!  I thought a pull-tab would be the perfect mechanism for his nose.  And, to give this spread some height, I depicted him in his puppet stage so he could be suspended by the strings of a marionette.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Artist-Inspired Chunkies

I knew this chunky theme would be a challenge for me--mainly because I do not paint or draw.  How could I possibly create chunky pages in the style of an artist I admire?  Well, one day it came to me.  I found these mustache stickers and for some reason, when I turned them up-side down, they reminded me of Frida Kahlo's unibrow!

I proceeded to cut out photos from the scores of catalogs in my stash and then began matching the "unibrows" to the faces.  This is what I came up with!  I framed the unibrowed faces with strips of metallic stickers and placed a small embellishment where the lines intersected for interest.  I used "Frida" post-it notes that someone had given to me to decorate the back of  my pages.  Lucky for me, the other chunky players have a sense of humor!  I think they'll all get a chuckle out of these pages!