In my vase today is a posy of Pink Dandelions, thank you so much for the seeds Cathy, they are such gems! And twigs of snowberry bush, well that’s what I called it as a child, don’t know its proper name.
These were picked to accompany a card and three figs from my fig tree, for a dear friend, for her birthday. I also gave her a book, ‘Waterlog’ by Roger Deakin, which I forgot to take a photo of. She loves swimming, in fact she was a swimming teacher and taught all my children to swim.
She is an artist and I absolutely love her sketches and paintings, but she often struggles to like them herself. She tore up one of her paint sketches and gave me a piece folded over into a card for my birthday in November, I tore it on the fold line and did some stitching to make a card for her.
Then I took some of the paper I coloured with Koh-i-Noor, watercolours,
looking for colours that would make a good background
I chose this one
I was a bit apprehensive to see what J’s reaction would be to what I did to her painting
It took her a little while to realise it was one of her painitngs. I think she liked it.
Do you have any blooms to pop in a Vase this Monday?
Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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Tagged altered art, birthday card, embroidery, fly stitch, hand coloured paper, In a Vase on Monday, pink dandelions, Roger Deakin, slow stitching, stitching, stitching on card, Waterlog
A textile birthday card
With a pocket where a piece of card can be inserted with a message written on it.
And another piece of decorated card behind it, left blank so that this card can be re-used
Joining in with our Photo Challenge prompt of CARD
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Tagged birthday card, collage, hand made, handmade birthday card, photo challenge, sewing, textile greeetings card
I made a birthday card for a friend, bringing my 16 for 16 target of 15 up to 12, only three more to go – I should manage that quite easily.
I used the retro Dymo gadget to type the words, and pinking shears to cut the Duck Tape hinge for an added retro component.
The card was made from two off cuts left over from my Post Card making
and popped into this sweet pocket I bought in Japan, which is meant for wrapping snacks or cakes.
Posted in collage, how to, post card swap
Tagged birthday card, butterflies, collage, decorated Duck tape, decorated duct tape, Duck tape, duct tape, Dymo, handmade greetings cards, handmade post cards, paper napkin collage, pinking shears
I had a lovely request from an Etsy customer to create a colouring sheet with the number 7 included. Her daughter is having an art party. The Pdf will be printed out for all the guests to have a copy to colour.
What a great idea!
I hope she likes it.
I am taking part in my first online class.
Dipping my toe in, I have started with Alisa Burke’s mini-tutorial entitled Mandala Magic.
It’s fun, and concentrating on one simple form suits my need to dip in and out according to the weather and other stuff going on right now.
Alisa has a very distinct style and at first I thought my mandalas would turn out looking like hers, but no – not at all – I immediately went off in my own style adding colour from the start. The course provides some wonderful prompts and is hugely inspiring. I’ve started in a small ring bound 6″ square sketch book, so that I can carry it around easily and doodle in odd moments.
I had Miss E and Little Bro here this week. We were mainly in the garden, but needing to dodge the showers we retreated to Pippin (my little caravan in the garden) and did some mandala drawing together.
Here is Miss E’s so far
And Little Bro’s
and because Miss E enjoyed drawing a mandala so much and has a birthday coming up soon I have made her a card that she can continue to embellish herselfAnother experiment for the Etsy shop me thinks – maybe others would enjoy colouring this pattern as well, you never know!
Posted in children's art, creativity, Doodles, drawing, mandalas
Tagged 8, Alisa Burke, birthday card, card, doodles, greetings card, mandala, number 8