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gmathis said

Completely off topic question for arty-crafty creative people

I am drinking good tea while I post this question. There. Now am I slightly topical?

I ask this because I know some highly creative folks hang out here.

If you were designing visuals for an event, party, or teaching theme entitled “Tell The Story,” how would you decorate? Hit a block with a writing/promotional project today.

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Lynxiebrat said

Well for me, it would depend on several factors starting with what kind of an occasion is it, what if any age group, what the ‘story’ is about and what time of year is it. Not to mention budget. So how about more detail about this? Can’t speak for anyone else but I feel like I’m flying blind….though I love arts and crafts and could not resist posting on the thread:)

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Crocuta said

Working some quills in might be nice. They relate to story-telling and can look pretty classy depending on what kind you pick up and how you arrange them.

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oh, and that paper… whats it called… mer…
the fancy letter paper people used to use when sending letters.
maybe some calligraphy stuffs like callig pens and ink to play with

Azzrian said

Parchment?

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I agree with Lynxiegrl, more details please :-) But if I just go brainstorming style, I’d say the drawing of a large open antique book, with the words written «once upon a time…», and the rest is your story to tell!

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gmathis said

I love the images you’ve mentioned…antique book look and quills. (Have y’all ever seen Tim Holtz paper and scrapbook findings at craft stores? They make me drool. Some at www.timholtz.com) This particular project is a set of ideas for kids’ mission leaders…stuff that can be easily done in a church setting for kids in grades 1-6 with things you could easily find in your supply closet and Wal-Mart. The challenge is adding some theme appeal for (makes me sad to even say it) kids who don’t like books and reading.

Bubbles said

Well, for the kids that don’t like to read…comics? You can do a lot with construction paper, crayons, ect…maybe let them brainstorm, and then go through the steps to design a comic that can fit in a certain number of frames. How many different ideas do you need?

gmathis said

Quite a few…the theme carries over into promotional materials, event decorating, bulletin board/clip art ideas. Your comment confirms my original Marvel Comics idea. (I’ve created some funky manga-shaped frames for my fifth graders and let them turn the page any direction they wanted to illustrate a story…worked pretty well.)

Bubbles said

I think it’s an idea that many of the kids can get behind, and one that will span all of those different age groups. Many of the children that I’ve worked with seemed to like manga/comics of some sort.

I LOVE these types of projects. I’m imagining Spiderman leaning up against a wall reading a book, Sailor Moon sitting under a tree with Pikachu looking over her shoulder for decorations…wow, you could have so much fun with this!

The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book cover is the type of imagery I’m thinking of. :)

gmathis said

I’ve always loved the way Calvin and Hobbes comics were framed!

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