If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours suspended in the darkness – J.M. Barrie.
World Book Day is fast approaching – the one day every year that readers from across the globe unite in their love of books. This year, Viking Direct challenged me to create something crafty, to represent a story or a book that has stuck with me throughout life. Of course, I had to make something from my beloved favourite… the story of Peter Pan. If you didn’t know (I’ll keep it brief for those who do and undoubtedly roll their eyes every time I mention it), I have adored Peter Pan since I watched it in its Disney form as a child. The most anticipating part was always when Peter, Wendy and the boys visited the ethereal mermaids whose beauty dazzled whilst their wicked tongues made threats. And so, I decided to create a mermaid’s tail diving back into the waters of the lagoon.
I am by no means an artistic crafts person… so please bear that in mind as you witness my attempt to creating something from scratch using the gifts that were very kindly sent to me. I used coloured card, ripped pages from an old book, a moon-shaped hole punch and a typewriter stamp and ink to magic up a colourful mermaid. I won’t lie, I didn’t know where to begin and in doing so, sketched the drawing that I knew I could make semi-decent. Kids will more-than-likely do better at this challenge, but do you know what? It was fun!
Completely clearing my mind from the mammoth to do lists that I give myself each week as well as the problems and worries of everyday life to just focus on the mini project in front of me was a breath of fresh air. It didn’t take long, but those minutes were savoured. Plus, the experience got me thinking about my favourite book, remembering how much I fell in love with it, just in time for World Book Day.
If you’re a crafter – and even if you’re not – have a go at creating something from a book that you love. Use the pages from books that you might not read any more and rework them into something that you’re going to enjoy creating (I know, for some this may be sacrilege to books, but fun nonetheless). Maybe you could get your bookish mates round and have a laugh whilst doing it or spend an afternoon doing arts and crafts with your little (or not so little) one and make something from a book that you love come alive through paper and ink.
What would you make?
Love, Faye xo