TIDE POOL LIFE: ILLUSTRATIONS & PHOTOS – More art utilizing my photographs of tide pool life with illustrations. This project has brought me so much joy!
LOBSTER SEASON OPENS IN LA JOLLA & FROM THE SHORE I OBSERVE PELICANS RIDING ON THE BOATS AND SEA LIONS WAITING FOR A BREAKFAST BAIT HANDOUT AS THE LOBSTER TRAPS ARE EMPTIED. CALIFORNIA SPINY LOBSTERS ARE NOT “TRUE” LOBSTERS AS THEY HAVE NO CLAWS. One time a bunch of lobster traps washed up into La Jolla Cove after a storm & the lifeguards emptied the traps of all the lobsters, put them into buckets and returned them out to the marine reserve park where fishing is illegal. It was wonderful to see that these creatures had a second chance at life.
HANDMADE BOOK BINDING USING A CHOP STICK & A RUBBER BAND! This is such a quick, easy and clever binding, which can use popsicle sticks, twigs, pencils, old paintbrushes and in this case, a chop stick! Directions: Punch 2 holes in stiff (water color) paper, insert one end of the rubber band from the back to the top and insert the chop stick. On the book back, stretch the rubber band, insert through the 2nd hole to the book front and insert the other end of the chop stick. Voila! You have bound a book using this easy method. I decorated my “book/card” with Asian motifs, added some drawings with water color paints and then glued the chop stick paper holder to the back of the “book/card”. Helpful hints: Use stiff paper, a long rubber band and score the pages about 1″ in so the “book/card” pages open and turn easily.