Thursday, April 16, 2015

For the Love of Play

A collage I created recently 
with some words I wrote about it.

When I was a child I learned to play.
I learned it well.
It was at times all encompassing.
As we grow older we sometimes forget how to play.
  But play brings joy, and so I let my inner child out.
I jump, I skip, I twirl and spin,
I tear up paper, scribble, and splash some paint around.
Joyful, playful times.
 Seeing children at play, I smile,
 wishing them lifetimes worth of play filled days.
I close my eyes to see a world
filled with the love of play.

View from the back 

View as it stands up

Friday, April 10, 2015

Little Bits of Creative Play

I like using my own carved stamps in things I create.
My designs are pretty rustic and simple,
 but they are meant to be a part of my creations
not the whole.

When I only have little bits of creative times
I will make a small stamp carved onto an eraser.

My past week has only had small bits of creative time
And so I carved a few stamps.

This ladder stamp has a wiggly ladder on the bigger side,
and a small ladder carved into the eraser edge. 

This flower stamp can be stamped once or twice to make a larger flower.
The first stamps I did (left hand image) didn't have enough white in the petals
so I carved away a bit more.

I then tried them on some tissue paper I had coloured. 
Bits of these will eventually show up in some other creations. 

And then I played a bit altering them on the computer. 

All projects that can be done in the little bits of creative play time.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Onion Skin Easter Eggs

My favourite way to decorate Easter eggs
is to wrap them in onion skins before cooking them.

The designs and colours that are created are always beautiful

Each one so unique 
and containing some of my favourite colours. 

A few years back I wrote a post on how to make them.

Happy Easter - Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

in the early morning forest

The snow is starting to melt. .  . 
the daylight stays well into the evening . . . . 
and there is often bits of pink in the early morning sky.

All these things inspired this 
paper and stitch collage. 

The warmth of spring is 
filling my days so beautifully.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Paper and Stitches

Little bits of paper 
and a stamp or two
with added stitch lines
joined up on larger size paper for these collages

Friday, March 20, 2015

Collages Take 2

Collages Again!

Handmade paper and tea bag paper that I have decorated, 
is still capturing my attention.   

Also using some of my hand carved stamps.

Small Collages.....
 but not as small as the little ones I have been adding to cards

There may still be some more collage creations.....

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Little Bits Collages

I have had only little bits of creative time lately.

So I have been using little bits of the paper  I decorated

to make little bits collages.

Which I have then been making into cards. 

To give them a bit of dimension,
I have also added little bits of stitching to them.

And as you can see I can't seem to stop making them!

A perfect way to spend my little bits of creative time! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Journal in Green

I used some of my collection of hand decorated bits of paper 

and my flower drawing, to decorate the cover of this new journal.

I enjoyed the process of making this journal even more than normal,
as I made it while showing my sister how to make a journal for herself. 
(sorry, no pictures of that... we were having too much fun to think about taking pictures)

The inside pages are made of watercolour paper.

The back cover  was also decorated with bits of torn paper, and a flower drawing. 

Green is not a colour I usually work with but is my sister's favourite colour
so perhaps why I decided on these colours. 
(The beautiful journal she made is burgundy and gold.)