Thursday, March 4, 2010

Etsybloggers Carnival - March 12, 2010

For the Etsybloggers team carnival this week, Made By Melissa is asking:
Spring time is almost here, do you have any special items in your shop to celebrate the season?

"Three nymphs came down to
The water's edge, waving strips
Of silk in the air."

I love the signs of spring in Oklahoma. Yellow crocuses popping up, days getting longer and warmer. I took a look at the items that "celebrate spring" in my shop, and noticed that much of the washi papers I recently bought is splattered with flowers.

But what's washi paper? First of all, washi comes from wa meaning Japanese, and shi meaning paper. I use the term to describe the Japanese paper that I buy, that's handmade in the traditional manner. These papers are generally tougher, and use less chemicals, than ordinary paper made from wood pump. Washi paper is primarily made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry.

Above is a close-up of an artist notebook I just finished.

And here's a small blank journal in my shop, alive with flowers:

"She threw the purple
Petals in the current and
Watched them float downstream."

I have plans for this little sheet that I bought. One of my goals is to make one book every week, until my art show, the first week of May. Unfortunately, I ran out of PVA glue, so my schedule may get a little off track. But the glue is in the mail right now, and I'm hoping that UPS will deliver it to my house by Saturday.

Peace and Love! {:-D


Finding Charm said...

Very pretty. I like "She threw the purple Petals in the current and Watched them float downstream."

TiLT said...

awesome! I just love your books :)

Angel Ray said...

Love the artists notebook! Beautiful Spring floral feeling :)

NICO Designs said...

I like how there is shimmer to the paper--very pretty.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Lovin' all the floral prints! Here comes spring!!!

Anitra Cameron said...

What a great morning glory sheet! I'm getting So into those right now--have three different seed packets on the kitchen island, just waiting to go in. They're so beautiful....

Studio B (UberArt) said...

Pretty books! It looks like you're doing great in your new bookbinding adventures!

Misobel (Mary) said...

That's a very cool notebook you put together. The petunia paper sheet looks gorgeous, can't wait to see what you do with it!

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