AUTUMN LEAF PRINTING & COLLAGE POSTCARDS

AUTUMN LEAF PRINTING WITH PAPER COLLAGE LEAVES – These postcards were such fun to create with quotes about the season of autumn.  I used local leaves from the neighborhood & printed with rubber stamp ink, adding watercolor painting to a few of the leaves, too.  Origami and gelli printed papers cut out into leaf shapes added the perfect touch to collage fallen autumn leaves. 

LILY FLOWERS LIKE BIRTHDAY CAKE DECORATIONS

Lily flowers in a pond float like pretty colored birthday cake flowers.

Magical blooms of nature from a water plant with its roots bound deep in mud.

The leaf green lily pads float becoming perches for frogs & toads who sing in the night.

In the sunlit water morning koi fish jewels flash deep & then surface for a look at the day.

Dragonflies zoom by, leaving iridescent color trails sparkling in my mind’s eye.

This is joy.  Not flash in the pan happiness, but deep-seated, lasting joy. 

Of being alive in this life, of knowing that I am part & parcel of it all. 

The glittering magic, the deep swimming sea, the song of life. 

The water flowers bloom with the magic of a thousand years of the continuation of life. 

The earth is filled with joy.

Joy. Joy. Joy.  Happy Birthday to me.  I hear the singing of the earth.

SHELLY CAT BY THE SEA: ADVENTURES AT THE BEACH – DISCOVERING SEA WEEDS!

SHELLY CAT BY THE SEA:  ADVENTURES AT THE BEACH is a children’s book I’ve written & illustrated.   Here is an excerpt from the book about the day they discovered sea weeds!

Sometimes the high tides wash up all kinds of seaweeds onto the beach.  Marv had read a wonderful book on seaweeds of the Pacific Coast & knew lots about seaweeds. Marv thought it would be a fun game if they all could see what kinds of seaweeds they could each find. 

Shelly Cat found a long frond of feather boa seaweed.  It was quite damp, but Shelly Cat liked it very much as a scarf.  She draped it around her neck & did a little dance while humming. 

Louis found some bright yellow-green lettuce seaweed & immediately sat down to have a snack.  The seaweed lettuce had been freshly washed & salted by the sea.  Louis thought it was delicious while he munched on it.

Marv was very excited to find a purplish-red, seaweed blade that was covered with bumps.  He picked it up & ran to Shelly Cat & Louis to tell them all about Turkish Towel seaweed!    Who knew that you could find a Turkish Towel at the beach?  Since it was dripping with ocean water & wouldn’t dry anything, Shelly Cat & Louis just laughed & laughed.  Marv didn’t care because they all had another fun day at the beach exploring living their lives by-the-sea.

Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast by Jennifer Mondragon & Jeff Mondgragon

Turkish Towel – chondracanthus exasperutus

Sea Lettuce – Ulva spp. – Ulva is widely used for food.  It can be dried, toasted or eaten fresh in salads, soups & other dishes.

Feather Boa Kelp – egregia menziesil