As a person who eats fried egg sandwiches for breakfast semi-regularly, I can’t help but look at all those broken shells, and wonder about what might have been. There is hope, however, for the unbroken. Egg taxidermy, or as you know it, Fabergé.
For a quite some time, I had been convinced that certain foods take too much preparation to want to make on my own. Bagels? Boiling and baking and probably some voodoo. Hamburgers? Grills, lighter fluid, coal, and an offering at a shine of Hephaestus. Clearly impossible. Then, like a fool, I looked up some recipes on Google and the mystique is gone. I have seen behind the curtain, and now I know that there is no place like home, because my apartment smells like cooked beef.
One of the sad facts of life is that if you wear a piece of clothing long enough, it will fall apart on you. In my case, I still have these clothes because I am a pack-rat. To be fair, I am a pack-rat because I tend to find uses for things I keep around. When faced with all this unused cloth, I realized I had the building blocks of stuffed animal life.
By the time you are reading this, it is too late. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you have won or lost. I offer a chance at redemption, for the forgetful: Chocolate playdough.
Today, I will initiate you in the fine art of book making, an elegant craft for a more civilized age. Oh wait, no, it’s making a popup book, so a silly craft for a ridiculous age. As such, I have decided to immortalize the They Might Be Giants song, “Particle Man” in construction paper form.
Particle Man, Particle Man
Doing the things a particle can
What’s he like? It’s not important
Much of art seeks to emulate the real world, yet sometimes it is better to merely suggest the form of the real, and let the observer’s mind fill in the blanks. Ironically, the first thing you must do is trace a picture.
This is the one I chose, partly because I like it, but mostly because I lost a lot of my previous photos at some point. When selecting an image for this project, you are looking for something that can be represented with as few colors as possible. This is not to say that you can’t get a rainbow of construction paper, but it will take a while and lose some of its impact if it isn’t detailed enough.
The joy of laptops is that you can tilt them so the screen is flat, and trace without a care. Just don’t press too hard when drawing.
Like so. Now is the fun part; once you outline the colors, try to see things into the shapes. Can you see the old woman? How about the vulture? Or the sea urchi- no, that is a sun, no matter how you look at it.