My fairies and princesses are beckoning, once again. With all due respect to Mr. Sondheim, I'll be back in my natural habitat, drawing pictures and painting fairies as of Wednesday, July 13. I have three immediate projects I'm itching to get onto my easel; I am going to draw a "buddy book," which will be a collection of 11" x 17" drawings cut into two 8.5" x 11" pages, so two buddies can color the two halves of the larger picture, then tape them together into a fabulous poster-sized collaborative creation. I hope these will be an interesting summer project for best friends or siblings. I have been told some of my little customers like to color their fairies with their grandmothers. That sounds like so much fun, I was inspired to create buddy books just for them. These pages will not be bound. We want to make it easy to tape the two halves together and get the finished product up on the wall to admire. I'm considering larger posters, designed for four or six kids to work on and assemble. That would be a fun party project for guests who like to color. A photo of the whole art team with their assembled poster would make a great party souvenir. I can picture this activity with cute matching smocks and washable poster paint. That would have been my idea of a party, as a little girl!
Projects number two and three are preparations for Carrie Middlemiss's fabulous and famous Cup Cake Camp in Seattle next winter. I plan to rent a vendor table at the event, and throw a princess party for all the little girls and their moms who attend. Of course we will serve cupcakes--as many as our guests can eat. We'll also show off our princess and fairy party favors, which are miniature coloring books, our princess and fairy "make your own" bookmarks, and of course our Princesses and Fairies coloring books. For this project, I am going to make foam core princess cut-outs with real ball gowns, to decorate the table. Behind the table will be a painting depicting the best princess and fairy party ever.
I can hardly wait.