It can be said I stayed true to my challenge and I only bought some Crayola brand markers, construction paper and craft paint. But I have not made anything other than my quick doodle book, entitled, I *poorly drawn wagon in place of a heart* Fire Island. (The photo is backwards because I used my Macbook’s photobooth.)
After opening the house, playing with wee-one, shopping for supplies and taking the first steps in converting my uncle’s room into my daughter’s room, all I wanted was to drink chardonnay and to breathe in beach air while spacing out. In other words, I have yet to take the opportunity and inspiration out here to make much art.
To make it up to myself and you, I have included a brief “How-To” make your own simple book on the fly. I learned how by reading, Esther K. Smith’s How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to One-of-a-Kind Book. You can make this book with whatever paper you have on hand (free flyers at local watering holes work well) and then you can fill it with a few notes and images about whatever moves you while you are waiting for your coffee/beer/soda.
Then unfold it.
Because you have been scoring your folds you should be able to tear from the folded edge down to the next fold, making a slit in the center of your piece of paper. Of course, if you have scissors or other cutting implements (perhaps your watering hole is like the one in Roadhouse and you need to be armed or it is a crafting friendly watering hole and you are armed to craft) feel free to utilize them!
Then fold your paper in half the other way and push the ends toward each other. Fancy that, you have a book. In case you cannot read small, blurry, mirror writing, the title of the book I just made in this tutorial is, I Made A Book (now where’s my beer/coffee/soda?)
One nice thing about this book on the go is that it can also be used for quick and dirty copy-machine publishing. Make your folds, lay it out, copy, fold and cut each copy. Again, I got this wonderful idea (which is on my ever0 growing to do list) and many more from Esther K. Smith’s How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to One-of-a-Kind Book.