Book Arts Improv Book #1: DOs and DON’Ts for Not Being a Dumbass
I just finished (11:55 p.m.) my first book for this year’s Book Arts Improv.
I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow it did. Even though I had my concept all set, finding the time to get into the studio proved difficult. Wiggum, my new puppy, does not like my studio yet. Clearly I’ll be working on that with him.
Just to remind you, here are the themes I was working with this week:
- An embarrassing injury: Knocking out your two front teeth
- A circus act: Guy shot out of a cannon
- A dog trick you wish you could do: Roll over
Here’s the finished product – a book entitled DOs and DON’Ts for Not Being a Dumbass:
The form of the book is known as a panel book, which was developed by Hedi Kyle. I find the form interesting because you can display it open, so that one can walk around it and look at both sides, or you can close it up and read it like a conventional book. The experience of the content is different based on which approach you take.
The red circle and green square/check images were created using a linoleum cutter and Speedball Speedy-Carve. I didn’t like my ink pad colors, so I tried stamping using watercolor paints. I painted directly on the stamp using a brush and it worked pretty well.
Each panel has a DON’T on one side and its corresponding DO on the reverse.
Here’s the complete text of the book:
DOs and DON’Ts for Not Being a Dumbass
DON’T roll over in your sleep when you’re camping on the edge of a cliff or you’ll ruin your vintage unicorn pajamas.
DO roll over your 401(k) into an IRA when you quit a job or you’ll just continue paying administrative fees to those freaking bastards.
DON’T get shot out of a cannon just because your friend dared you to and you want to look cool.
DO get shot with a snazzy Canon PowerShot camera when think you’re having a wicked awesome hair day.
DON’T knock out your two front teeth because you didn’t have the correct tools on hand for creating an ice sculpture.
DO knock two times on your dentist’s front door before opening it because he might be pulling out someone’s teeth.
DON’T try to catch a flying Frisbee in your mouth because you might knock out your two front teeth.
DO leave the frizzy bees alone whenever you encounter them on a walk – they need lots of beauty rest.
DON’T chase the tail end of a parade because that tuba player is an angry son of a bitch.
DO chase your own tail and not someone else’s because you never know where it’s been.
I don’t know how large this edition will be, so I haven’t yet written the colophon. I incorporated a pocket in the back of the book to hold the colophon when it’s completed.
I’ll be posting the new Improv themes tomorrow, so be sure to come back if you’d like to enter the weekly drawing.
I look forward to next week’s challenge!
FYI – You’ll get a good laugh if you Google the word dumbass. 🙂