BUTTERFLY BOOKS STITCHED & READY TO FLY INTO YOUR HANDS TO CELEBRATE SPRING! A page from my Handmade Books Art Journal shows details of how to make these little books. I used watercolor paper for the front & back of the butterfly & hand painted them. Each butterfly book has different kinds of paper “pages”. The yellow butterfly has gelli paper printed with metallic ink pages. The orange Monarch butterfly has pages created from a coastal California map where this butterfly migrates. The blue butterfly pages are made of colored tissue paper & tulle netting. Using a cereal box, I made a cardboard template of the butterfly to cut them out, but each butterfly is handpainted! Hope you are inspired to make your own Spring butterfly books!
I’m still stopping by the roadsides & travelling around town to enjoy all the wild flowers blooming in San Diego after our wonderful rainy season this year that ended a 10-year drought. These photos are of the Los Penasquitos March Nature Preserve & Lagoon between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Reserve and State Beach. I was on the hunt today for wild California Buckwheat, which is a major source of nectar for butterflies & honey bees. The white flowers with a hint of pink clump together on top of woody stems with deep green leaves. Really lovely. While I was photographing the bees were buzzing! Of course there was more wild Mustard growing there and I was surprised to find tons of Prickly Pear Cactus there, too. Torrey Pines State Reserve is to the south and La Jolla appears in the distant landscape. Torrey Pines State Beach is a wonderful place to drive by early in the morning and see the Inshore Dolphins surfing the glassy waves. Really it is such magical world and I am so lucky.
FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2014 – ILLUSTRATED ART JOURNAL – This week on the coast was a very hot & humid week due to a tropical storm down in Mexico. Beastie Cat slept in the shade upside down all day trying to escape the heat. I spent the week hibernating in front of the portable air conditioner & creating mini Asian screen cards with watercolor art & rubber stamps. At my Chinese brush painting workshop, we painted lovely orchids. I made card board butterfly templates for a future art project & painted watercolors of hot peppers & squash from the La Jolla Farmer’s market. On my trip to the art supply store for watercolor paper, I ventured outside for a few minutes & took photos of lion gargoyles in front of an old building and an elephant mural painted on a cafe wall. Art is everywhere for an artist by-the-sea!
Elephant mural at the Crest Cafe. Purples & turquoise & pinks!
Gargoyles fiercely protecting their domain!