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!