Monday, April 30, 2012

A Book Club Like No Other


Lisa Wright has started a (fantastic, unbelievably amazing) book club!

(My book from the side)

Before you read any further, I feel it is my responsibility to issue the following WARNING:

This post contains graphic images of a very messy book and  may not be suitable for the faint of heart (or for book lovers who couldn't possibly dream of "cracking a spine").

(my own personal intro)

Inside my head there lives a tyrant who believes that perfection is the only way.  My tyrant is aggressive and loud and loves to tell me that I am not good enough and that I would be foolish to share my imperfect creations with the world.

I have struggled for many years to get out from under the overbearing bully... through this book, I hope to overthrow the oppressive dictator that has reigned supreme for so many years.

(Even as I write this intro, the tyrant says, "Why bother?  You're a hopeless case.")

I sure hope not!



I started out by opening to a random page and doodling with a ballpoint pen...  My "inner tyrant/perfectionist" showed up right on schedule with a rant about how I couldn't possibly show this to anyone because it was "bad".

Well, I ignored my oppressor and shared it with the members of my very adventurous and creative book club.  I received lots of support and at the suggestion of our fearless leader, Lisa, I got down and dirty...

(this pic was taken after the mud dried)

By heading for the nearest mud puddle!

It started raining the morning after Lisa suggested I stomp on my book in muddy shoes.  So, I jumped out of bed, threw a coat on over my nightgown, put on some boots, and headed outside... Between the bed-head and the bare legs, I was totally rockin' the "crazy flasher" look (my title as the "neighborhood eccentric" is definitely sealed)!


Normally, a snowstorm at the end of April would cause me great distress, but when I heard one was headed our way I saw it as a chance to experiment...

I colored a very quick beach scene with watercolor crayons and pencils, and set it outside as the snow started to fall.


Not much happened to the pages I colored.  After the snow melted I discovered that I was simply left with a very wet book... Oh, and the cover fell off.


I did manage to take advantage of it's soggy state by working on an exercise that required wet pages.

But, since it was completely soaked and I couldn't wait for it to dry, I did what any sensible completely cracked person would do...


I threw it in the dryer!
(45 minutes, medium heat)


After it was dry, I revisited my beach pages and drew on them with my toes (using a Pitt pen).


Ever since I put my book in the dryer it keeps opening to this page... I guess that's what's next!

One of my book club friends said that "it's like therapy", and it really is!  If you're interested in making a mess and exorcising some demons, it's not too late to join the fun!



20 comments:

  1. Wow, that is so crazy awesome! :)
    I love that you went for it all and just tried things even if it may "ruin" your book, which it did not! I love the muddy foot prints and I love the beautiful colors of the snow page~ Who needs a cover anyways! :)
    Love it all. I can't remember for sure, but are you a Virgo too? That is seeming familiar! And the into page you wrote seems extremely familiar to the person in my head!
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany!

      Yes, I am completely obsessively-perfectionistic-crazy-control-freak Virgo through and through! Ha!

      This book group is definitely a challenge, but SO needed!

      xo
      Kristin

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  2. Oh my goodness...you really did make a MESS of it...LOL. It reminds me of my Dad's old history books. They were all worn, cracked and yellowed and I envied how they looked when I was 9 years old and took my copy of Fifty Famous Fairytales and dunked it in water so that it would look old. And indeed it did...yellow stains and all!

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  3. Loving your story about the messy book and it certainly is messy......lol Loving the top picture of his tongue hanging out.............brilliant. x

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  4. We are indeed having much fun and learning too... My latest experiment having given me some great ideas for future paintings. The cress has also dried out and pressed nicely!

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  5. I can so relate to your story! Perfection is a wonderful aspiration, but can truly get in your way. I love how you conquered this! So awesome!

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  6. Lol! Even your toes are artistic. :)) I did the earlier version a year or so ago. It was fun!

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  7. Sounds like a lot of fun. I have done this before and where the book is, I don't know. Tee hee. Awesome!

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  8. Your book is awesome! So glad you boldly ignore your inner tyrant!!! Good stuff!!!!

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  9. your tyrant is cowering in the corner where she belongs. I'm still cracking up over the dryer. I'm so glad there is photographic evidence. and that book-monster picture is so awesome.

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  10. OMG - I'm totally inspired to do more than read through my book and chuckle at some of the suggestions. Many of them I thought "I'll do that on a separate piece of paper and insert it into the book, then it won't mess up the actual book" but now....I'm thinking I might start small and see if I can make a little mess before moving on to stomping on it with muddy shoes or grow seeds in it, etc.

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  11. This was SO fun! Every shot I'd say, "You didn't!!" But you did! and you had a photo to prove it! lol.

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  12. What a great story! Such an adventure. :)

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    1. I'm still battling with my inner tyrant. Every time I pick up a pen or brush it tells me I'm a fraud and people will see I am no good. Even after 76 years it's still at it. You can't believe how much the support of you and the book has meant to me. Thanks. You're a marvel ...and I didn't realise that hungry monster was your BOOK (sorry, is your book). Jez XXX

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  13. Wow!!! Your toe painting is excellent. Perhaps I need to try that!
    I love the messy book. Lisa actually inspired me to get the book - wish I had the time to work on it and get messy. I L-O-V-E to get messy, but haven't thought of mud, rain, snow etc, yet. The possibilities seem endless.

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  14. I will need the chocolate on hand and waiting after Phantom Steve reads this... the dryer was a stroke of genius, and I have to say I think you are kicking this book's butt!!!!

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  15. What a brilliant start to my day, reading your hilarious antics and breaking out from the tyranny of perfection! LOVE it! Love your messy, muddy, snow soaked, eccentric neighbour inducing book too! :)x

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  16. What a brilliant start to my day, reading your hilarious antics and breaking out from the tyranny of perfection! LOVE it! Love your messy, muddy, snow soaked, eccentric neighbour inducing book too! :)x

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  17. you are hilarious! this is hilarious! the perfect counterpoint for that bully tyrant. i have one too. he/she/it sits on my shoulder and bitches. (is it okay to swear on your blog? oops, i take privileges) (forgive me) (please) (i know you do)

    when i first started writing i couldn't bear to change a single word. now i scratch with abandon. this must be the same principle, yes?

    i love you kristin! (i do)

    kj

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