Friday, August 23, 2013

A nod to Mother Nature

dc113: Nature

Well I'd made a little book featuring an accordion hinge for a giveaway and really, the book was my first attempt and not really up to scratch to be actually given to anyone, never mind the winner of the draw! So I had to make another little book in the same style and as it turns out, it is perfect for this drawing challenge with the theme NATURE.

You can see the spine is made of large pine needles (the species of pine is unknown to me, but the trees are from somewhere in the United States.) The needles have been bound and embellished with tiny sequins and a button. The cover paper is handmade Japanese art paper heavily embedded with leaves and plant fibres. On the front cover is a painted mushroom.

Inside are pages of used tea bag paper, and a sheet of vellum. I've added gel medium image transfers of mushrooms, india ink script writing, and another small acrylic painting of a mushroom.

The mushroom theme comes from the idea of a mad tea party event that took place earlier this year. I enjoy making these little books very much and plan to make one for sale in my etsy shop. I'll keep you posted when I get it listed.

For this drawing challenge I applaud and celebrate our illustrious host Nadine who chose the theme of 'nature.' If you visit her blog she'll take you to all of the folk who joined in on this challenge. There is always such a variety of gorgeous and interesting creations offered here. Thank you so much for dropping in today and I hope to see you again soon. Norma, x

This little book will be sent off to its' proper owner (the winner of the draw) Designing Fairy Ronni!

27 comments:

  1. Wow. So much put into this wonderful little book! Love the nature themes! ~*~Lisa

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  2. How very fun! Mine is still in progress, but am looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with.

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  3. saw this on flickr~~it's gorgeous!!!
    lucky winner!!!

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  4. really beautiful Norma, I always love your books! how you use the materials is very delicate!
    I have a look at the pink rice booklet each day, it´s got a special place in the center of my home, by the way.
    Have a nice weekend x Stefanie

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  5. What a bundle of pretty nature...really nice little book Norma!

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  6. i love your little books
    the paper you use
    and this time those pineapple needles (great idea!)
    my favorite is the second image
    truly beautiful

    fine weekend!
    Patrice A.

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  7. Hi, Norma,
    I love the materials you use to make your art!
    your book fits perfectly into the DC but also something made with natural materials, is, in itself, a message, a message that says "do not forget that you are passing, but I linger, do not abuse me"
    And your art makes good use of nature. Congratulations!

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  8. Oh what beauty Norma! Your little books are always such a delight! handmade paper with leaves, tea bags and vellum are three are my favourite things to play with - and the pine needles to bind it with - WOW! All inspiring!

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  9. Again, such a beautiful and special piece of work! I can't stop staring at the recipe side, love the transparent mushrooms, the colours, font and material! Perfectly implemented!

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  10. hello Norma
    wow! pine needle spine
    and i love your theme of mushrooms, love ~
    such a charming book in every way!

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  11. the fairy ronni is in luck, i'll say!
    i smile at the recipe for mushroom tea.
    it kinda almost instantly transfers me to other recipes on mushrooms... i'm a little naughty like that.
    beautiful tiny creation, perfect for used tea papers, and your vivid imagination....
    n♥
    thank you for playing...

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  12. Mmmm yummy is the word that comes to mind when I read the directions to your mushroom tea! Is there a special fruit that highlights the tea flavour? Beautiful little books you make, Norma. Have a wonderful weekend. xo Carole

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  13. Mushroom tea intrigues as does this tiny natural treasure.
    Happy week to you, Norma!
    -sus

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  14. I just love the little books you make! This one is so wonderful, I really like it! The winner is a very lucky person;-) Wish you a good week!

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  15. I always love the little books you make, but this one is espcially beautiful and well done, with als this wonderful details - just love it and the winner is a truly lucky person!
    I like you invite to the next dc at my place/blog this week.
    Barbara

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  16. I so enjoy seeing your books and the ritual you put into making them- how there is meaning and thoughtfulness in every part! such a lucky winner :)

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  17. everything looks beautiful in this post, mushroom tea my favorite ones!

    nice to meet you here!

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  18. Charming and delicate, thank you, Norma x Leena

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  19. I have a great fondness for tiny things, and books! Tiny books can't be beat. And your book is beautiful in texture, colt, and earthiness. I love the variety of materials you use. Tea bag paper is brilliant. So darn creative.
    Thank you for visiting me and for your kind words. I always appreciate your comments. I'm trying to be better about it myself, because I realize these small connections and efforts in kindness make a difference here and there.
    Be well!

    Rachel

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  20. I have a great fondness for tiny things, and books! Tiny books can't be beat. And your book is beautiful in texture, colt, and earthiness. I love the variety of materials you use. Tea bag paper is brilliant. So darn creative.
    Thank you for visiting me and for your kind words. I always appreciate your comments. I'm trying to be better about it myself, because I realize these small connections and efforts in kindness make a difference here and there.
    Be well!

    Rachel

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  21. dear, dear Norma, it's not just making tiny books you do, it's such a carefull process from the beginning to the end, they'renot just made out of material, there's heart and soul in them and that beautiful handwriting, that's what makes them touching and they feel much larger than they are in reality, xx

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  22. LOVELY, dear Norma, lovely little book of Mother nature!
    Paintings and handwriting... so gentle. Wonderful!

    Love
    Ariane.

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  23. Norma!
    i am the host this week
    and hope you will join

    love
    Patrice A.

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  24. Norma,
    It has been some time since you have posted here. I do hope that all is okay in your world, and that you will be able to create and share with us soon. Thinking about you
    xo
    Kim

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Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma

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