If you plan to apprentice yourself to Nick Bantock, you’ll need a lot of art supplies. I had most of them already, although I had to go out and purchase different types of paper at various points in the process, along with matte medium. There were a couple exercises that instructed readers to go to thrift stores and buy, essentially, junk, and something in me bristled at this. I was in the process of getting rid of junk and didn’t want to accumulate more.
Still, I had intended to do every exercise, so I relented, and I’m pleased and amused with this one. Exercise 10 asked readers to find a cheap item that represented themselves (Bantock’s was a taxidermied skunk that had sat so long in a window it was bleached white) and mount it in a box with other items that seemed to go along. My diorama is conveniently situation within a cigar box, which I acquired, along with all the trimmings, at Goodwill.