This week I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, in which Rubin spends a year keeping resolutions and taking part in activities to add to her overall happiness and well-being. I was struck by one particular part of the book, in which Rubin is trying to increase the fun in her life. She has a hard time figuring out what activities she finds fun and a friend asks her what she liked to do when she was ten. After all, if you liked it when you were a kid you probably would still like it now. That was the inspiration behind my third creative project of 2011– Making comic collage stationary.
When I was in middle school I went through this phase where I loved making comic collages on envelopes– buying cheap comic books, cutting them up and sticking them on envelopes with a glue stick. There’s something pretty satisfying about it, though I can’t quite put my finger on why I like it so much. In any case, I haven’t made a comic collage envelope in at least fifteen years, so I decided that I’d give it a try and see if I still found it as satisfying as I did when I was younger.
I headed to a comic book store on King George here in Tel Aviv and got three old comic books for 20 shekels (that’s around $5.50) and I bought a glue stick and a cheap stationary set with envelopes and simple card-stock cards. As for the comics I used to be all about Spawn and Spiderman, but this time I went for Swamp Thing, Flash, and The New Titans. I went home and started cutting and gluing away, and here are the results. And by the way, it was just as satisfying as it was when I was a kid.