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 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 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