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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!



Collage birthday card for a friend who loves red poppies! The poppy flower heads were painted on rice paper using Japanese brush painting technique.  The flower stems & leaves, the earth & the butterfly/lion are handmade papers made in India.  The strips of paper on the side are one of my old Japanese brush paintings cut up.  The envelope matches the Poppy flower theme!  


The December full moon is called the Long Night’s Full Moon because midwinter nights are at their longest and darkest and the full moon is seen above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky because at this time the sun is low in the sky.
December full moon is also known as the Full Moon before Yule, thus I have illustrated this moon with a huge bonfire on a Yule log. And this moon is also known as the Full Cold Moon, too.
On Sunday, December 3, 2017, this full moon is also the year’s one and only full supermoon. This December moon comes close enough to Earth (222,443 miles or 357,987 km) to enjoy supermoon status. This makes the full moon look extra close and extra bright.