I enjoy my share of DIY activities - and creating chapbooks - whether a little picture storybook or a collection of memorable quotes and writings from one's favourite writers. Here are two projects I undertook during 2012, that struck a chord and carried a distinct imprint.
Leveled Chapbook - Birthday gift to the boy
This one was a collection of lines from my own poems for him, his favourite books & songs, and quotes in general that ring with him, about things that he and sometimes I are passionate about.
|The material: Basic art paper or handmade paper, coloured felt pens, a ruler, glue & pencil. I also had some stamps & stamped flowers handy|
|I stamped the top & bottom of the pages to give an elegant customised touch without cluttering the page.|
|Again, the material remained more or less the same. Art paper was replaced with a sheaf of newly acquired handmade paper from Pondicherry's Handmade paper factory & centre pinned to hold together|
|Thankfully, since I'd already sketched on the pot, it was only a matter of tracing or copying the illustrations onto the book with roughly done margins for frame.|
|These illustrations are going onto my bookcase as slightly larger versions painted on a warm ochre yellow soon!|
Then there are times when one just doodles to keep the sketching skills oiled!
|A little window fun @ work at my previous office - yes it's a cat peeping into a cummode :P|
And some wearable DIY!
|I thought this was a fabulous DIY jewellery idea. Spotted this folded & glued newsprint at Kasha ki Asha in Pondicherry.|