So the lovely and talented Lisa the Librarian, who hosted a wonderful pennant swap last year, decided to host an altered book round robin this year with some of the pennant participants. We each chose a theme and started a children’s board book on its way. The first book I received was from Barbara, who chose the theme “self-portraits.” Fortunately she added the phrase “anything goes” in her theme description, so I didn’t feel pressured to try and draw a portrait of myself! (That would have been, well…interesting, to say the least.)
Instead I borrowed a page idea from Theresa McFayden’s on-line journal class, and divided the pages into “compartments,” each containing a representation of something I value. I also included a cut-up photo from my work I.D. badge, which is one of the best pictures I have of myself (if, of course, you don’t count the one in which I’m suddenly a size 2 and hanging out with Johnny Depp).
While it looks simple (and is simple in concept), this type of spread takes a very long time to do. You have to cut papers and images to fit the spaces and then paint or add paper so that each space has a different background. It’s a lot of fun, though, and turns out kind of neat.
The quote on the left page reads: “I dreamed a thousand new paths…I woke and walked my old one.” Which could mean either I’m totally stuck in a rut, or I just like being where I am and doing what I’m doing. My story, and I’m sticking to it, is the latter. 🙂