Monthly Archives: April 2011

NIng Nang Nong Pop UP

I wanted to use a more graphic colourful style for one of my pop up nonsenses. Here I am exploring a pop up version on Milligans Ning nang nong poem. I would like to add to the images once they are printed with pencil as this can give a bit more depth but i did find it liberating when working so quickly – knowing that when something is cut out and used in this way imperfections are not noticed.


Angler fish / Frog fish

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Have you ever heard of the oldest trick in the book?

The fish that fishes with a line and a hook?

Poor little Blennie she must not have known

So she was promptly swallowed by a camoflaged stone!

Ning Nang Nong

This is a Birthday card I made for my Uncle Tom, it is based on Spike Milligans poem On the Ning Nang Nong which I intend to Illustrate fully in pop up. Here i used a simple pop up cow and a fold out cow as well which reveals the birthday message and works very well.

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can’t catch ’em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

Google chrome

Googles web browser has a translate feature that changes foreign language into English with some slightly nonsensical results….

However, the update has been delayed due to overwork the webmaster who runs this site voluntarily.

Our apologies to the writers who have written their reviews, publishers who have sent us their latest releases and enthusiasts and book collectors who animated impatient.

The ancient origins of the book system

From the late Middle Ages, manuscripts show anatomical figures with figures in tongues that can be raised. 

We can distinguish two major categories of books cartoons, first, books embossed books and pulls and, secondly, the books without relief or articulation.


I’m feeling quite inspired and excited about the shape my second project is taking. It will have two main themes – Pop UP! and NONsense!

Nonsense will be inspired by the usual candidates such as Edward Lear, Edward Gorey, Spike Milligan, Lewis Carrol, Dr.Zeus and parlour games such as the ones i played as a child. I will continue my work on Fallours and his nonsense creations whilst making a pop up book inspired by the beach and Goreys wonderful pop up The Dwindling Party. I would like to screen print a pop up in the style of Dr.Zeus.

John Vernon Lords book Illustrating Lear was particularly helpful and gave me a much greater insight into Lears life. Joel Stewarts illustrated Jabberwocky showed how a nonsense might interpreted for children.

I have always enjoyed a bit of paper enginering and I have found it a useful way of bringing my beach sketches together to create a whole. A useful book in the library explained a multitude of different techniques used in pop up books.