In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.
Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.
This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.
And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.
Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.
Congratulations on not only completing this project but on creating a family heirloom!
Thank you. I hope she enjoys it. I have wondered if she will add to it herself some day. There is plenty of room for scrawls and pictures still!
I had not thought about that possibility but I love that idea of her collaborating in the art project.
Yes, She scribbles and draws (according to her 2 year old skill.). Maybe someday she might like to add to the book, I will make she sure knows it is a book that can be written in and she can be free to do what she would like.
I remember library cards in the pocket. Who checked it out and when. A story in itself. (K)
Yes. In our small town library, in the early days, we had these cards. I always checked to see who’d read the book before me and quite often I knew them. It also gave me a kind of reference for the book, if I’d like it or not, as to who else it had appealed to.
This is a wonderfully creative thought and action! I am sharing this with my readers today! I love finding an artistic way to “recycle” old books. Love it.
Thank you. I have made quite a few of this kind of book, and it is so much fun to do, very freeing. And I do like the idea the discarded books are not getting thrown out, even if they are sort of changing personalities…
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