I attended my local SCBWI conference this weekend, and came back recharged and ready to experiment. The message *I* took away from the conference was risk taking and going where you fear to go. With that in mind, I jumped out of my comfort zone this morning and did a little experimentation in Painter. I came up with this contraption.
I recently attended a puppet making workshop given by Sandy Shrout at my local library. Ok fine, the workshop was meant for kids, but I had a blast anyway.
With ordinary socks, some yarn, pom-poms, felt, a glue gun, and assorted craft items, you can make an endless number of puppet friends. I made Mable here who, you know, lives in the stable, y'all. She's got a thick Southern drawl and a healthy self image.
Some of the more age-appropriate attendees made dragons, monkeys, and puppy dogs puppets.
If you're not into sock puppets or want less work, you can alter a ready-made puppet to fit your needs. I made a puppet of my caveman character by simply exchanging his existing garb for a quick prehistoric wrap.
In other news, I'm also feeling love for some new librarian friends.
Mr. Schu posted the Caveman, A B.C. Story trailer and an interview on his Watch. Connect. Read. blog, and
Els Kushner from the Vancouver Public Library nominated Caveman for a Cybils!
And more love for the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association for putting Caveman on their 2011 Kids' Pick List!