This is my online activity series which was inspired by Violet’s Vegan Comics’ online presentation of Lavender Laine’s story, What’s good for the goose is not good for the Panda.
Tada! Here is my latest panda:
So what I did was I went through some old magazines I had in my house, and I cut out black pieces for ears and eyes and arms and legs, and white pieces for the body. And I used a piece of photocopy paper to glue my pieces to.
I found some neat things to make my panda out of, like you can see she’s got a dish of rice for her face, and her body is made from a blouse in a clothing ad.
And then what I did was I made her eyes and nose by cutting out from a photo of a spaniel! How cute is that? She did look a little ticked off, so I drew a happy smile on her with pen.
And I have her trying to decide: Do pandas eat almonds? Do pandas eat lemons?
I was originally inspired by Lavender Laine’s story because the illustrations are so beautiful, and she uses all kinds of things like knitting and towels and things to make her collages. I found myself totally inspired by her work. I challenged myself to make a collection of illustrations of pandas out of things you find in your home!
I have found that there are lots of things you could make pandas out of, like duvets and pillows and curtains and dresses and sweatshirts and socks. Please remember to check with all members of the household before taking scissors to upholstery. Also consider using a camera and making a larger scale image of a panda without needing scissors at all. Use white clothing and black clothing to make large pandas on the carpet!
As you all know, it is very tricky finding an original way to make a panda, almost impossible.
So, when in doubt, consult a professional!
So here is my third way to make a panda from things you have around your house! (Thank you very much Lavender Laine for illustrating this beautiful book!
The third way to make a panda is by using a white towel or flannel, and some black fabric, perhaps from an old pair of socks (ask a grown up before destroying towels and socks) and buttons for eyes! And if you want to give her some grass to eat, you can make that out of yarn! But she doesn’t like grass, so you don’t really need to do that.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I’m sorry it took me so long, and I do hope Lavender doesn’t mind me stealing her homework.
That’s right, I have still yet to make another Panda. It just goes to show that I am not creative, and you should stick to your strengths. My strengths are watching television, sleeping, and blowing bubbles. And that is why I’m awesome.
I am still working on my third panda idea – this project has been more challenging than I first anticipated. In the mean time, I have found a great picture of a panda for you all to enjoy while you wait for my next panda picture!
Here you can see my process: I have started with a knitted jumper, and added pieces of plastic bin sack, for the ears, arms, legs and eye, and for the nose I have used a grey button! I cut these pieces out free-hand, but if you wanted you could make templates, it took me a couple of goes to get each piece the way I liked.
After this I needed to give my panda a back ground, because she was floating. So I used a green blanket to achieve this:
I hope you have enjoyed my second segment, and I hope you will join in at home with my challenge.
If you follow those links they will lead you to see for yourself the inspiration for this project. I have challenged myself to create this series because this story is illustrated with so many different innovative collages, it really opens your eyes to all the ways you can make pictures.
My challenge is to try to make some myself! I am not artistic, so I will try my best, but do have a look at Laine’s book on Violet’s website, because it is very inspiring and motivating.
I hope you enjoy this series, and Lavender’s book, and I hope you will want to try collage too, because art is fun.
My first panda is made out of newspaper cuttings. I looked through an old newspaper and cut out the parts which were coloured black, in photos, and I also cut out sky and leaves and trees, from photos. I didn’t need to find white for this picture, because I worked on a white piece of paper, which is a good idea.
If I wanted, I could keep looking and find lots more green and blue to fill all the white spaces around the panda, but I am pleased with this, so I didn’t.
Fear of failing often stops us from trying at all.
I noticed this recently, when I was afraid to dance spontaneously – I thought that I would dance “wrong” or “badly” and everyone would laugh at me. I thought it was fear of embarrassment, but obviously the failure would cause the embarrassment. So that must be it.
I also found that I was afraid of participation in group brainstorming at class. We were discussing something and we had to come up with ideas. I was afraid to say anything, because I thought I would fail to come up with anything good, and my ideas would be struck down or laughed at. I was motivated to join in when I realised that if I didn’t make any suggestions, I would have failed to participate at all.
So I have to make a change. I have to push myself, or I will just fade away. And it’s fun to make a fool of yourself, we all can feel confident because we all join in. If some people sit on the sidelines, they don’t get laughed at, but they also don’t get to be laughed with either.
So it is my resolution to do the things that scare me, and fight my fear of failure. Go forth and try things, even if I might not be any good.