a little book of birds

i recently did a mini book swap with a very talented mixed media artist in germany, valerie-jael tups. i met her through blogging; we both enjoy the paint party friday blog.

she told me she liked birds, and i told her i liked paris...so those were the themes we used for each other's books. today i am sharing the book i made for her...tomorrow i will show you the book she made for me and whoa nelly!!!! does her work ever put mine to shame, lol! :-D

i began with a 3" black blank board book and adhered painted, stamped, and other scrapbooky papers to each page. the cover title is french for "birds."

on the right, i used a dip pen to outline and drip acrylic ink into wet glossy accents medium

the paper on the left has flower petals embedded which i enhanced with inks

the paper on the right has leaves embedded in it

i found this chinese proverb, printed it out on a strip and cut it into bits, and adhered a piece of the quote on to each page, to turn it into a little storybook. i like the quote...it reminds me of how i feel about creating art and craft...enjoy the process without being too worried about the results...also known as enjoying the journey as much as the destination.