When I couldn't find The Camel Who Took A Walk at my libraries, I bought a used copy online. Never reading this favorite to Mr. Short Stack was too sad a future for this Grancy.*
What happens? I won't tell what happens in the story, but what happened in the art classes was magical. Entranced by the story and the unusual medium, the students worked almost silently on the drawings. That right there is a miracle. No one poked anybody with the scratch drawing stick. Another miracle.
The younger groups used color scratch art papers. The oldest group concentrated on using pattern in their drawings on black and white scratch art paper. I wish I had photos of the results, but the kids were too excited to take their art home.
Way back when cars had fins, we made our own scratch art paper by coloring a sheet of paper with crayons, and then coloring over that with black crayon. It was slow and messy. You can try coloring a sheet of paper, and then painting it with a couple coats of black acrylic. Toothpicks work okay, but longer canape spears work better as scratch tools.
Also in the middle of the night I remembered the package of sunprint photo paper my son formerly known as the Woolly Mammoth (SFKWM) gave me for Christmas. How can I make sunprints of the vintage laces and fabrics? Ooh! Sounds like a summer afternoon projects.
Sleep well. Write yourself this note. Put it in the dental floss drawer in your bathroom. Then send your camel to bed:
Dromedary = one hump. Bactrian = two humps.
Don't let it be forgot that once there was a spot for
one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.
*A list of books this Grancy absolutely must have a chance to read aloud to Mr. Short Stack and his future cousins. I guess I better take care of myself and stick around for awhile:
© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder