Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tea Bag Cards

What fun I have been having making tea bag cards! Tea bags is one of my very favourite art supplies lately. Good thing I like to drink tea. But my one tea bag a day doesn't build my supply of tea bags very quickly. People kind of look at me funny if I ask them to save their used tea bags for me.... they have to be the kind that fold and are either tied or stapled at the top with a string and a tag on them.

What a nice day I had ..... a bit of time to create, time with daughter #1 (#2 is away right now), a nice walk, and a visit with my parents.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Books and a Card

Another new book using old book pages, cloth, stamps and basic embroidery. The cover is almost leather like in feeling. These are becoming quite addictive to make..... but I probably should move on to other things. Not too sure what yet.

And yet another one.....

The inside of the bird one. I love opening a book and finding a lovely and surprising start to the book.

All 4 of the same kind of books I have made over the last week and a half or so... I wish I had more time to create.....

And..... finally a new card in the same style that the books are made in. What comes next I wonder.....

Monday, March 22, 2010

Winter Weeds, A Book and a Drawing

Winter Weeds are one of my favourite things lately, and I am sure they are going to end up on a cover of a book in the near future. For today my newest book has some basic embroidery and some bees on it....
I will continue to work on my drawing and painting skills this year - right now it is faces, and that may continue for a while... it takes me a lot of my creative time to draw, but I find it so relaxing and enjoyable. The hours can float by without me even noticing.

And.... here is the newest book. The cover is made with a layer of fabric, pages from a old book, old tea bags and of course lots of gel and liquid medium to hold it all together. oh yah - and then a layer of paste like wax..........Once again I used my rudimentary embroidery skills to add some dimension to the book. I am in the process of making another one of these, and will post it when it is done - I am waiting for the wax to dry, and then I will embroider on it and add the pages. Lots of fun - not enough time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A new book, and some more winter pictures!

I have finally been busy making a new book. This one is a small soft cover book, with plain pages inside. Small soft cover books seem to be my favourite lately. I love how they fit in my hand easily - so easy to hold, and almost a leather like cover. It was very fun to make, and another one is on the way. The image above shows the binding - below is the front of the book when it is done up.

I am not much of an embroiderer.... but I like the look of very simple stitching, which is what I did with this book. The cover is made from layers of paper, material, ink, tissue paper etc. all put together with matte medium.
I have been away at Arctic Winter Games with my daughters for the past 9 days, but I managed to find a nature trail close to the arena for some picture taking.

The contrast of the shadows on the snow was very beautiful.

I love the colour of winter grass....

and rosehips in winter are so vibrant!