Tag Archives: fall leaves

Nature’s Confetti

I took these photos, last Saturday when I took A Walk In The Park

I hope to paint some of these trees in watercolor but work has been extra busy this week …

So for now, I wrote a haiku to share with these photos:

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Things are looking up!

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Fall leaves scatter unaware…

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Nature’s confetti

Isn’t it wonderful how nature helps us notice the simple pleasures in life and celebrate its beauty?!

Cheers! ūüôā

Bush Birds

I start noticing these birds in the fall when the leaves begin to change color…

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Sometimes it is difficult to tell the birds from the bushes but their long slender legs are what sets them apart.  Lol!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday! 

Cheers! ūüôā

Feeling Fallish

October.  I love this time of year as the leaves seem to change colors on a daily basis.

Mother Nature seems to have her own magical paintbrush!¬† I look out my kitchen window and see golden yellows, burnt oranges, olive greens and cheery¬†reds¬†blended with touches of¬†purple every now and then!¬† ūüôā

Like these photos and a¬†haiku –

A blushing blueberry,

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A Crabapple’s¬†golden show,

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Fall beauty is here!

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Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends!¬† ūüôā

And perhaps a¬†little time¬†to marvel at Mother Nature’s artwork…

Cheers!

Air Cool And Crisp

We closed up¬†our lake place yesterday.¬† My feelings are bittersweet.¬† I will miss the mountains, the lake, our friends and our weekend “get aways!”¬† Yet I’m looking forward to being home,¬†snuggling¬†with my¬†cat while reading a good book and creating more art!¬† ūüôā

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Brilliant blue sky,

Air cool and crisp…

Clouds form –

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Pinecones fall,

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Leaves change…

And Autumn begins!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday Friends!¬† ūüôā

Just Leaf It

I love looking at leaves in the Fall.  I am always fascinated by their shape, color and design like this one that has a few holes in it that I found at the lake:

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And here is its backside – isn’t it funky?¬† Its pattern is what attracted me to it in the first place!

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I enjoy playing with leaf patterns from my memory and imagination too – like¬†I recently did with an Elegant Writer pen in¬†a 9×12 inch watercolor¬†sketchbook:

I’m in love with this pen!¬† ūüôā¬† It is so fun to add water to it and watch it change!¬†¬†A lot¬†like leaves “magically” change color in the fall.

Yet, I wondered what would happen if I added “fall” color to my leaves?¬† So I¬†added my Neocolor water soluble crayons and a little water…

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And they MAGICALLY came to life!!¬† May color add a little MAGIC to your day…

Cheers Friends!!¬† ūüôā

A Handmade Art Journal – Part 1

I am almost finished using all the pages in the  art journal that my friend made me.  I have really enjoyed the size of this journal Рeach page is approximately 6 x 8 inches.

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There¬†is something magical about a handmade journal.¬† So I have decided to try to make my own journal and show you how – as you might want to make one too!¬† ūüôā

I have been promising Margaret at Yuba Gold, (I love her nature paintings with such rich, vibrant colors!) that I would show her how to make one so here goes!

I started by gathering a few supplies:

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I think a bone folder is really handy to have but it isn’t necessary.¬† I usually like to tear my papers but you may want to use scissors.¬† A ruler is necessary so you measure accurately.

You will next need to decide on the paper you want to use in your journal.  I decided to use 140-lb COLD and HOT press watercolor paper for variety.

I¬† started with a large sheet of watercolor paper – 22 x 30 inches.¬† I don’t like to waste paper so I¬†chose to make my journal pages a little smaller in size than the one my friend made me.¬† Here is¬†how I¬†folded and¬†cut (tear)¬†my large piece of¬†watercolor paper:

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First, I folded my paper in half and tore (or cut) the paper so I have two halves that are     22 x 15 inches:

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I continued to evenly fold and tear my paper so that I am left with a folded size as below:

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After I had three folded¬†papers, I could make what is called a “signature” in the book world.¬† (See photo below).¬† I covered¬†my signature¬†with tissue paper (so the papers¬†stayed clean) and stacked several heavy books on them:

Since I don’t have a paper press, weighted books are the cheap alternative!¬† It helps to weight the signatures so they are relaxed before you punch holes in them.

I decided to make a total of six signatures like my current journal:

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I will do some research and discuss some ideas for making a journal cover in 2 weeks on September 15th.

I hope you found this information helpful on how to start making your own journal.

Happy September!¬† ūüôā