Thursday, April 7, 2011

Feathered friends and flowers

I got my tombow pen in the mail last night, so today I decided to go back and try out Carla Sonheim's technique again. Last time I tried it, I ended up with some cute watercolor bunnies that N. and I made together. Still, I wanted to try out the real thing.

So I did it with my little feathered friend below.

I'm pretty happy with the results. I'll definitely be using this technique again.

Moving right along...

My copy of this month's Do It Yourself magazine came in the mail a couple of days ago. I always browse through it for inspiration, and this month I loved the article about making garlands with old book pages. Of course I got to work on it right away.

I painted them with a light watercolor wash to add some fun colors but still get the writing and page textures to come through.

Then I made the garland:

I liked this project, but it's not something I could do with the little one. She doesn't yet have the patience and the fine motor skills for folding the paper. But if you have older kids, this might be perfect.

Where have you found your inspiration lately?


  1. The bird will have been delicious. I love those photos with wreaths exquisitely lovely light and tones, Greetings.

  2. I love your bird. And how creative you are with your decorating.

  3. What a great way to recycle those books you won't read again!
    I especially like that you painted them first. I am putting this on my list of crafts to try.

  4. Beautiful bird...and the decorations are so delicate. Very nice.

  5. Love the birdie and the garland is lovely! I´ve felt less inspired lately - tired of being cold. It´s not nearly enough warmth in the air yet, but tomorrow I´m going on vacation so I hope that will get my spirits going! :-)

  6. Wow! You've been so busy since the last time I visited :) Really cool stuff! I'm so impressed with your give-it-a-go attitude!

  7. Everything is so pretty over here today. I adore your bird and love the watercolour!

    Your little garlands are adorable..hope your weekend is amazing xoxoxo