Monday, October 8, 2018

Cookbooks and Daughters

I have two daughters that are at the edge of not living at home anymore.
They both were interested in having cookbooks, and since I love making books. . .  
I made them cook books. 

This one is decorated with the paper from used tea bags
with a collage from my hand decorated paper added.

I love the colours and patterns the tea leaves make as the bags are drying. 

Daughter # 2 (birth order that is) loves grey, 
so I added some greys and blues to the cover  
before adding a copy of some birds i drew 
and a smattering of collage bits. 

I have no doubts these books will be filled with yummy recipes
and enjoyed for many years to come. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Secrets & A Giveaway!

I am so happy to finally be able to share this secret!

Yes - I am one of the 21 teachers in this new edition of 21 SECRETS. 
If you haven't heard of 21 SECRETS before you are in for a treat. 

21 teachers will be sharing some creative secrets using paper, glue and scissors 
- actually in my case I just tore things instead of using scissors :-)  
All the content in 21 SECRETS comes in a downloadable eBook 
that you can keep and refer to for a lifetime. 

(and yes I get some of the payment if you purchase it through me)

I have a free course to give away!  
All you have to do is leave me a comment here (or on my instagram page) 
by October 1 and I will pick a winner.  

UPDATE - Winner has been contacted, but you can still join me and the other teachers - see link above for details! 

NOW - what creative secret am I sharing you ask???? 

I have created a course called 
Drawn to Collage

It shares how I use drawings 

and work with them together with other paper bits and some scribbling to create a collage. 

We will dye paper and gather collage fodder including drawings 
(yours or mine) and I will show you how I put it all together.
I would love for you to join me and the other 21 teachers. 

And here is a short promotional video I created. 

I had so much fun creating this course, and look forward to seeing what others create!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Collectables Folder

I finally had some creative time.... 
or I should say - I finally made the time to create a priority 
over all of the other things I could have been doing. 

And so I made a collectables folder. 

The cover was made from layers of fabric, paper and many layers of acrylic paint, 
which I then decorated with my rustically carved stamps.

I inserted folders inside and secured them with some stitches.

The folders are only open on the one side - which is where items can be slid in for storing.  

The flap on both the front and back cover and the elastic closures
 ensures nothing can slip out accidentally.  

I really enjoyed my creative time
and I know I must give myself the gift of more creative time more often.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's Fireweed Season

I love fireweed season 
and I thought I would share a few photos I have taken of them
 as well as a few pictures of places I have been recently.

And a summertime selfie to finish it off!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Profile Change

I have used the above image of myself for my online profile picture
for a number of years now....
but it doesn't really look like me anymore. 

The years have flown by and my face has more wrinkles and my hair has more grey in it. 
I have happily earned both of those things and thought it was time to share them online.  

So .... here's the new older me.

A big thanks to my daughter for taking these photos for me!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Playing with Birds

I really enjoy incorporating my drawings into collage. 
The bird in this creation is a copy of a drawing I did sometime ago. 
I then added bits and pieces and some scribbles to create this piece.

Below is a bit of the original drawing as well as another creation this bird has shown up in. 

The same thing happened with this piece.
A bird drawing that ended up in a whirlwind of collage and scribbles.

And below is the same bird showing up in different creations. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Photographs and Tea Bags

In the past few months I have received a number of requests
asking me how I add photographs to tea bag paper. 

I haven't answered these questions - and I apologize to those who have asked. 

The main reasons I haven't responded are:
1. - not enough time to answer right now 
2. - do I want to share this information with the world? 
3. - and if I do want to share - what format will it take?

I have been toying with the idea 
of creating an online course 
or making a short tutorial style blog post
to share how I do this.

So for now I ask for your patience while I figure this out.  
I promise I will let you know when I know. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Playing With Collage

I love playing with collage 
.... especially when I incorporate copies of drawings I have created
..... and lots of scribbling with white charcoal.

and who can resist playing with a creation on the computer..... ....not me!