Friday, May 10, 2013

Smell Pink Rice

dc102: smell

BarbaraBee is the host of the drawing challenge for this week and she has selected the theme smell!

I've been working on a new design for a little accordion style book with two folds, and the idea of a bird taking the time to smell kind of tickled my fancy. So I plugged along with my project and added the idea of a bird smelling. The pink rice was the muse's idea (I never question this.) Here's the front cover:

It's tied closed as usual. This time with a barrel bead and two matching flower beads. When opened you can see the inside, and then when flipped, the outside (or other side as I like to refer to it.):

The back cover (when book is tied closed) looks like this:

This is painted with watercolour, using sumi-e brushes. The paper is a very heavy hand made sheet which I've torn into the smaller size that I need for a little book.

Have a look at BarbaraBee's blog which is linked above, and you will see more offerings from the artists who have played along this week. I always enjoy the variety of ideas here. Remember that all are welcome to join in the drawing challenges.

Thank you for dropping in today, and I hope to see you again, soon. Hugs, Norma, x


  1. Excellent, Norma, I like everything, the idea, the paper, your drawing, the thread that ties your little book, the seal. ah, your signature ;)))!!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. It is so beautiful Norma! I love the design, your birds are my favourites and the pink rice . . . how fun!! Also love the seal and your signature! Thank you for your kind words about my 'Birds of Whimsy' book I did have so much fun making it, and am glad to have it back at home. I will think about making some high quality copies of it - thanks for the idea! Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Dear Norma, I just can't say it often enough: I just love your books! They are so wonderfull and you can see that you made them with so much love! The colour pink is great here!

  4. this is so wonderful! Norma, I love it and if ever possible, I would love to get it or one like that, I love the paper and the sujet: this tiny bird and the beautiful flower, all in it what it needs!
    And of cause I love the pink!
    Very good work, beautiful book!
    x Stefanie

  5. such a beautiful little book!
    like the others
    i love the bird, the pink rice,
    your name and the stamp
    just the whole thing!!!!

    Patrice A.

  6. how poetic! Like a zen poem- love the pink and how fluid it all looks :)

  7. i love the muses for it; they are inklings straight from our soul, and the significance lies in the not knowing. truely wonderful.
    your booklet holds up so well... it is a little treasure. i love the blossom effect too.

  8. Ooooh, again... dear Norma, such a exquisite little book!
    I love your book... that birdie, the pink rice and that binding... smart. And as Kristen said... like a zen poem. You nailed it with stamp and your name :)

    xo Ariane.

  9. Hi Norma, again such a wonderful little book with the blossom effect!
    I've also such a chinese stamp with my name from Singapore!
    Thanks for sharing and participating!

  10. So sweet! I may have to experiment with bookmaking after seeing so many beautiful projects by so many artists!!

  11. Norma, I have been dying to see this post, as I read the intriguing title Saturday, but never read the DC posts until after I get mine posted. So now I think it lived up to my imaginings! Such delicacy in the pink blossoms. xxoo, sus

  12. dear Norma, it would be so exciting to see your ideas for the next d.c. I am the host, would you like to be in?
    x Stefanie

  13. So lovely again, Norma! I can't get enough of your books, they're so delicate and poetic. Every little detail is beautiful!

  14. dear norma, love your work ♥ so ZEN

    and thank you so much for your beautiful words on my blog. my heart hopped for joy when reading. unfortunately, i forgot the dream of the night ...

    and you´ve very good smoke alarms ;o)

  15. your little books are always great, dear norma! and this is so lovely!
    :-) mano

  16. This is so great!! Just lovely. I love seeing your work :)

  17. so delicate, poetic and lovely, so Norma, xx


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