Today on Fun Jar Friday~
One of my favorite illustrators, Brian Froud, created an extremely unique book entitled Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. This book tells the story of two little girls who loved catching fairies so much that they started catching them by shutting fairies into the pages of a book, preserving their images. The illustrations are comical, inappropriate, disgusting, fascinating, and deeply disturbing all at once. One of those thing you have no idea why you enjoy it, but you keep flipping through the pages over and over again. And it was this book that opened me up to the fantasy world of Brian Froud, who created the world of the Dark Crystal.
Now, I have never shown my children the pressed fairy book, although I own not only it, but it's sequel, Lady Cottington's Fairy Album. The pictures show nude fairies, in less than kid-friendly positions, at times. But the idea is something I knew a kid would enjoy.
So, in celebration of the beginning of school, and because I got a goodie package from craftprojectideas.com. I decided to make our own pressed monster bookmarks.
What we used
glow in the dark kids craft paint
cardstock in various colors
glow in the dark beads
laminator and lamination paper
flower shaped punch
I was kind of making this up as I went, just to warn you.
First off, I had the kids paint a "blob" shape on their paper. Keep it small, it is a bookmark after all. We used the glow-in-the-dark paint that craftprojectideas.com sent me. The glow-in-the-dark paint didn't show up as well as expected, so we painted over with a layer of neon paint. The glow-in-the-dark still showed through which is great!
Then I drew some squiggly lines on it so that it looked like it splatted. I tried to stay mostly inside the blob shape so it looked like squashed monster guts.
Next I cut out some shapes for the body parts. I completely freehanded this and just cut random rounded shapes. It doesn't matter what they look like because they are squashed so the worse they look, the better! The only part I didn't freehand was the hands. I used a flower punch and cut off one of the petals. Have your child glue the parts on. Remember, the more "incorrect" the placement, the better your monster will look.
Draw lines for the legs and arms. Then cut out loosely around the monster and his guts. Laminate your monster (note: I did not laminate mine but fully intend to once I get more lamination paper!)
Finally the tie! Punch a hole in the top of your monster. Cut a length of ribbon. I double knotted one end of the ribbon and used glow in the dark pony beads that were sent to me by craftprojectideas.com. Then I thread the other end through the hole, and glued it to the other side. I used a small clamp to keep it together while it dried.
And there you go, a monster that you squashed flat in order to keep as your own! And it glows in the dark for that late night reading!