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This is the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 3 cover made out of deflated balloons. 


I got the balloons for my birthday earlier in August and wanted to remix an image from the site and decided on the latest TBOTS cover because it's cute and fun. I used Matte Medium the secure the balloon pieces on canvas. It took me about 15 hours spread out over a week to put it all together. The material balloons are made out of isn't the easiest to manipulate, so a lot of my time was spent folding and crumbling and just trying to get it to behave. But I'm very proud of the results!


I don't think the cover has been officially released (I found it on sites where you can pre-order the book, like Amazon), but once it is, I will resource it!


Btw, this is one of the best things I've ever done as an artist and it's gone nowhere on this site, not even on the front page. It, along with my other collage that was on point, are hanging in my apartment because they're glorious and they deserve it. The lesson is this: it doesn't matter if the assholes who run this site and get to feature records like your shit. What matters is that you like it. 

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I take a lot of inspiration from public transit maps, and the cities collab got me thinking about what hitRECord might look like in public transit map form. Excuse the ghettoness of my marker creation - I don't have the software to create a professional looking subway map (or the know-how). But I thought the concept was interesting.
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I sat down this evening and had some fun with the paper dolls from the first issue of the hitrecorderly. I made some shoe box sets and put on a one-woman puppet show. It was harder than it looks because I was working all of the puppets, the camera, and reading from the book at the same time. 

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This is an old Appalachian spiritual from the 19th century that's in the public domain. It sometimes goes by the name Down to the River, but the first written versions used valley instead of river, so that's what I did here. It was sung by slaves working the field and first appeared in a book of slave songs in 1867. suzyrene brought it to my attention on tumblr.


I love this song and added some oooohs over the verses. I think this is a great song to build on, and I would love to hear other voices on it +harmonies. It just begging for a whole chorus of people. I tried coming up with a harmony after I composed the ooooh harmony, but it wasn't working, so I figured I'd throw it out to you guys.


The lyrics - roughly - are below. I didn't deviate hugely, but they're not 100% accurate.


As I went down in the valley to pray


Studyin' about that good old way


And who shall wear the starry crown


Good Lord, show me the way


Oh fathers let's go down


Let's go down come on down


Oh fathers let's go down


Down in the valley to pray


As I went down in the valley to pray


Studyin' about that good old way


And who shall wear the robe and crown


Good Lord, show me the way


Oh mothers let's go down


Come on down don't you wanna go down


Come on mothers and let's go down


Down in the valley to pray


As I went down in the valley to pray


Studyin' about that good old way


And who shall wear the starry crown


Good Lord, show me the way


Oh brothers let's go down


Let's go down come on down


Come on brothers and let's go down


Down in the valley to pray


As I went down in the valley to pray


Studyin' about that good old way


And who shall wear the robe and crown


Good Lord, show me the way


Come on sinners and let's go down


Let's go down oh, come on down


Come on sinners and let's go down


Down in the valley to pray


As I went down in the valley to pray


Studyin' about that good old way


And who shall wear the starry crown


Good Lord, show me the way

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Eventually, he began thinking of it as a high-end fashion accessory.


 


 


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The illustration for this is really important as it would be a man with an albatross tied around his neck, a la Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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