A while ago I joined the Collabor-ART page. Donna who I met at a WOYWW crop put me in touch with them, then the group closed (just bad timing I think)!!! Well, I met up with Sarah one of the founding members as part of Free Art Friday and she set up a FB group and asked if we would like to do a tunnel book group project! It sounded like fun so I signed up.
It was easy to do, purchase a childrens board book from a charity shop, cut a series of holes in each page, choose a theme and paint the cover in the theme before posting it to the next person who completes their page and so on until eventually after a few months it came back to the owner.
This was my 50p book!
I cut holes in each page to make a 'tunnel' and chose the theme of "Discworld" in honour of Terry Pratchett one of my favourite authors.
On the cover I painted Great A'Tuin the gigantic turtle that floats across the skies with the discworld upon its back.
On the next page I decided to use the librarian as the inspiration. Now in Discworld the librarian is an Orang-utan (he wasn't always, the strong magic at the university changed him and he decided to stay that way!). Now, having never completed a book before I had NO idea that it was easier if you did a double page spread, but no worries as the next person on the list, Carmen, kindly finished the double page for me (I love the eyes peeping out from between the books!)
Carmen then did a Death spread (I love the depth of colour on these pages).
Next up was Jas and a spread about Greebo (a cat with attitude). The shine and lustre on these pages are sublime.
The next pages are by Sarah - Rincewind with the Luggage (I love the feet!) and the way the hat is thrown over the hole cut away.
That means I have the final double page and the back cover to finish off. No idea what to do on the double page spread, but I think I will do Death walking off into the sunset with Terry on the back cover, fitting.
Thanks Sarah for organising us and for everyone taking part. It was totally amazing and I am in awe at the talent and would happily take part in another.