September 21, 2009 § 12 Comments
If you love books, you likely love paper. And if you love paper, you love art. And if you love art, you love photos. And if you love photos, you likely love books and, see? It all goes in a grand little circle.
Yesterday we were at a picnic. As I was sitting there for a caricature portrait, a woman sat next to me and began talking.
“I know you can’t turn around while you’re sitting for a portrait, but when I find out someone is from New York, I have to come over and say ‘hello” and talk to them about that beautiful place,” she said.
And I had to smile. I hoped I was smiling the same way as I had been all along so it didn’t mess up the artist but oh, well. It’s not every day you meet another New Yorker.
And so our conversation began, albeit a bit odd with me staring straight ahead and Judith (that was her name) staring straight ahead, too, in a companionable way, and it was lovely to meet her (which was the idea of the Rotary picnic to begin with…!) And when the artist finished, Judith and I kept talking and our conversation moved into books because Ridley Pearson will be speaking at Rotary this week and I asked if she were attending.
“Yes, ” she said. “Are you?”
“Let’s sit together.” And the pact was made.
And then we discussed what we were reading (oh, isn’t this scintillating dialogue,but honestly, it was so nice to go from “hello, who are you” to “here’s what I’m reading,” because, well, you know how we bookaholics are!)
She asked if I’d read THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG. No, I hadn’t. She took my arm. “You must,” she conspiratorially.
HM was standing right there as I kudo-ed Book Blogworld for already giving me a heads up on the book and fanning my interest, and HM said, “You’ve heard of it?” and I said, “Yes!” and he said, “Would you like to go to Barnes and Noble on the way home and pick it up?”
And I said, “YES!”
Oh, I could nearly have hugged my new friend Judith right then and there.
I DID hug HM.
We went to B&N.
And we found the book, along with fancy coffees and an hour “timeout” at one of the cafe tables.
And the point of all this is Paper. PAPER.
The cover of the HEDGEHOG book is so smooth. Yes, it’s a softcover.So nicely smooth, a very squared binding. Different. And it is “flapped” on the front and back, quite different than our usual softcover (trade) publications. It’s the Euro edition; not because I’m special – anyone who buys it at B&N will get the same edition.And it’s a nice blue. And I got all starry-eyed just holding it.
(switch gears…and topics…I don’t have a better transition.)
And then, like with so many bookaholics (tho’ they’re not all talkin’), there’s the desire to create something with paper, on paper. Like writing. Art journals. Maybe something more visual. An ornament.
Still working on it.
Make a stencil out of cardstock.
Trace onto brown paper bag. Trace two of ’em.
Cut them out. Glue ’em together, back to back but leave an opening.
Stuff tissue paper between them to “puff” them up a little, give them a soft dimension.
Then glue remaining open seam shut.
Paint both sides (not at the same time) in color you love (this one is in metallic gold).
When dry, paint a border (this one, white.)
Used black marker to create black squares on border.
Punch hole, and tie ribbon through it. (not done yet.)
One star done. A galaxy to go.