Book of Flowers

I began working on this book a few weeks ago.  Started with papers partially painted and collaged from over the year along with ribbons and salvaged lace from the girls petticoats poked one too many times by thorns, brambles, and twigs on forays into the woods.  While cleaning out closets, found a box of blouses given by my aunt years back, so added those to the mix of materials; one big repurposing creative venture!

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Wonder

“The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour.
Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”

– John Burroughs

What you need: a 20-30 minute space in which to creatively respond, paper and art supplies, a candle, music, fellowship should you choose to gather, light the flame, and wonder collectively

“Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak . . . surrender to them.
Don’t ask first whether it’s permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god.
You will ruin yourself if you do that. ”
– Hermann Hesse
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Winter Waits

What you need:: Magazines, and art supplies (read about them here).

Candles, music, tea, and company, as well as any other additions you dream up to setting your space, to be with creative practice are optionally limitless!

“May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.”
~John O’Donohue
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Gratitude

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
~Rabindranath Tagore


What you need: a 20-30 minute space in which to creatively respond, paper and art supplies, a candle, fellowship should you choose to gather, light the flame, and cultivate gratitude collectively.

Where have you had your fill, indulged to that saturation point of inebriation whence the respite of sobriety is welcome remedy?
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Leafing through Autumn

What you need:: Curiousity, magazines, and art supplies (read about them here).

Candles, music, tea, and company, as well as any other additions you dream up to setting your space, to be with creative practice are optionally limitless!

Rustling leaves dancing with breezes gently landing in ones, twos, and threes. Clear night skies. Early evening moonlit walks. Shooting stars, firelight, oranges and lemons, treetops brightly glowing. Continue reading “Leafing through Autumn”

Repurposing:: cookbook into paintbook

Making an art journal with a very old, much loved and used cookbook starts with one cookbook that has well-stitched pages and a tub of glue::I use mod podge and glue three pages together, then three more, then another three and leave them open to dry before moving on to the next lot. Before gluing, I’ll tear out pages then go to the corresponding side and tear out the set that’s on that side of the stitchery, thinning the book this way as it tends to get bulky with time and collaging. I like to get all my pages glued before beginning arting in books, but it’s not necessary and I know folks who glue as they go along instead. I work on our dining table, which I keep covered with an old shower curtain.

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