Here are my new “jellybean” bird ornaments! They do remind me of brightly colored jellybeans, but actually these handmade bird ornaments are inspired by some comic strip characters that I made years and years ago while in middle school. The name of my bird characters are “Birguins.” When I first created these characters, I combined the words “bird” and “penguin” to get the name “Birguin.”
In this series I had a variety of bird characters, many with names I tried to make up myself, such as “Sarette, Sas Ann, Sporky, and Deskin.” I fondly remember creating my cartoons with my set of markers. It was magical to have an assortment of markers to create a colorful world with. While growing up, art and creating my own characters was a great source of comfort and enjoyment. There was nothing more exciting than having a stack of white paper or a white tablet to make my creative marks on. And equally as exciting was getting a brand new set of markers, “oh, such joy!”
I have my Birguin artwork stored in an album. One time I carefully removed them from my sketchbook that was falling apart. To protect them, I covered them with contact paper to “laminate” them. Unfortunately, many of them got damaged from being enclosed in the contact paper. I used the contact paper before the age of “acid-free” everything for storing keepsakes, etc. Now a lot of them have very blurry marker lines. Maybe that will inspire me to re-create some of my Birguin images. They brought a lot of joyful moments to my life. The few “Birguin” artwork samples shown here are some of them that fared better than the others enclosed between contact paper.
I have few “Birguin” handmade ornaments for sale at my Etsy store, Lilly Bug Boutique.