My Love of Nature

I was looking for inspiration this weekend and I discovered these wonderful paper strip collages by Darlene Maciuba-Koppel in Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studio.  You may want to check out her blog:

From her inspiration, I created this paper collage:

Nature print from past for paper collage

It says, “Keep your love of nature – for that is the true way to understand art.”

I started with a print I made several years ago using gelatin as a printing plate, (this was before the Gelli-Plate) and a variety of leaves, etc from the lake:

old gelatin prints

The above is a sampling of some I had made.  I decided to choose the one on the right and cut into strips using a paper cutter.

I used Matte Medium to glue my painted strips to 140 lb cold press paper.  In between these strips, I used pages from an old book on flowers.

I sandwiched my glued collage between wax paper and used a stack of old dictionaries to help it lie flat while it dried.

I then wrote the quote about nature I found on the internet.  I added a couple of rubber stamps – a feather and a tree.  I doodled the rest with a black pen – using the plants in my yard as inspiration, such as a blueberry bush:

blueberry bush

My assistant, Jack helped me – here he is showing off for the camera:

My cat assistant showing off

A Daylily in bloom:


And Coral Bells – but my assistant got his tail in the way:

Jack's tail in photo

May you find inspiration from nature today!

Happy Creating!  🙂

12 responses to “My Love of Nature

  1. Such a fun, artistic creation Jill! Always love seeing what you are up to next! 🙂 I wish nature would quit raining here… but then – it is making everything very lush and green 🙂 Gotta look at the bright side. Happy Day!

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  2. Woo, WP is rocking today with inspirational posts! Love this Jill, and love your quote. I should do something with that quote and frame it. I have always loved nature and had a deep appreciation for trees and the like. Just the smell of fall leaves makes me so happy! I love this. And I love your pics of Jack and his tail in the photo!! Wonderful. Thank you for a smile this morning, Jill! 💜

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  3. I feel the passion and warmth within the painting part of the image, and your Assistant certainly likes to assist you as much as possible, I see! 😉

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    • Thank you for noticing my painting. I had been saving it for awhile and decided this would be the perfect way to use it. Yes, Jack and I take walks around our yard together. He likes to be in the spotlight of course! 😊

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  4. Great art work and nice post, Jill.
    The pics of your cat helper made me smile. Thanks!

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  5. Lovely prints you made and your little helper Jack is adorable. I posted a ‘tools’ section on my blog if you are still interested in seeing my oil pastel paper I use 🙂

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