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QUERKLES: ANIMALS – THOMAS PAVITTE

Querkles: AnimalsQuerkles: Animals by Thomas Pavitte
My rating: 4/5 cats
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WELCOME TO MARCH PROJECT!!

march project is OVER!

i am easing back into the monthly projects with this one, which is a version of a color-by-number book (i.e. it makes all the decisions for me and i just have to follow the rules). this is exactly the kind of gentle guidance i need in my life right now. the bonus is that this one still allows me a small measure of creativity, because the colors themselves are not set; the only rule is that all the little circles that make up each picture are numbered from 1-5, and whatever palette you choose, the #1s should be the darkest color and the #5s should be the lightest.

what will happen and how many birds will there be? LET’S FIND OUT!

MARCH 1:

i am not going to bother hiding this first one under a spoiler tag, because it has already been spoiled by the book’s cover! and i must have suspected as much when i began coloring it because lo! i chose roughly the same colors as mother nature did. NOW CAN I BE IN CHARGE OF INVENTING ANIMALS, MOMMY?

MARCH 2:

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and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Camel

MARCH 3:

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i used the wrong colors ):

MARCH 4:

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four days in. first bird spotted. this bird is not the worst bird, but IT IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE!

MARCH 5:

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lisa frank’s got nothing on me!!!

MARCH 6:

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WHO WANTS A NEW TATTOO???

MARCH 7:

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this bird is okay. but only because he is both cute AND delicious!

MARCH 8:

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aww, you can tell that him is VERY GOOD BOY!

MARCH 9:

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well, i just jinxed myself thinking HEY, THERE HAVE NOT BEEN A LOT OF BIRDS THIS TIME OUT. and here it is. a bird.

MARCH 10:

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oh my god, what if the jinx lasts FOREVER??????

** i skipped a day because i had a touch of the carpal tunnel and there are more days in march than there are querkles in this book, so i get a couple of vacation days. spring break WOOOOO! the carpal tunnel situation may be unrelated to this book, but then again – TWO birds in a row has gotta be bad for my health in some way. you be the jury.**

MARCH 12:

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not a bird, but a bird-enabler. a bird collaborator. is this worse? discuss.

MARCH 13:

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i’m drunk – here’s an elephant! happy wednesday, humpers!!!

MARCH 14:

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i am bad at nature. i had no idea what this was after coloring it in and had to check the answer key. i wasn’t even sure which end was up. and TONIGHT i am 100% sober!

MARCH 15:

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it is a self-portrait! i am fame!

MARCH 17:

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let this be a lesson to me – when i decide to take another day off of project to deal with life things – a day i am ENTITLED TO because of the days in month/querkles in book disparity – querkles gives me birds. i guess i… make birdade? is that the saying?

MARCH 19:

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okay, but then REVERSE LESSON because when i decide to take ANOTHER-another day off of project to deal with life things – a day i am ENTITLED TO because of the days in month/querkles in book disparity – querkles gives me THE BEST ANIMAL OF THEM ALL!

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO THINK ABOUT THIS??? WHAT IS TRUTH???

MARCH 20:

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heh. cock.

that is all.

MARCH 22:

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aww, i think he’s flirting with me! c’mere with those sticky little fingers, cutie!

MARCH 23:

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well, hello, paul giamatti! how are you today?

MARCH 25:

okay, so i have finished this book, EXCEPT i waited for the end to do the centerfold:

for scale

i figured i would do this one last, because HUGE, and i also wanted to try the thing it suggests you do in the front of the book; an alternative method of querkling using a single color: you can make different patterns in the circles so it is AS THOUGH you are using different colors: slashies this way / slashies this way \, crosshatching with different spacing between the lines, coloring the whole thing in with a solid color, etc. so i did it.

however, i messed up, and IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING if it REALLY matters if you do your colors light-to-dark or dark-to-light, i am here to tell you that it does. and i’m not going to bother spoiler-tagging this final querkle because i did the whole thing backwards and instead of ending up with a centerfold of a noble wolf, suitable for framing,

i wound up with… this

and it is terrible. i can’t even do a querkle right. no wonder my life is in shambles. maybe Querkles: Cats will go better!

also, i gotta say, this book really missed an opportunity by not saving THE MIGHTY COCK for the centerfold.

anyway, that was march project. whee!

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