Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Yearning for Beauty

My new website has been published and the blog has moved to the new address.
Check it out: www.peonyandparakeet.com

The location of the new blog:
www.peonyandparakeet.com/blog

And a new blog post is up!
Go to the new blog to see it:
Yearning for Beauty

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creative Dreams


Here's my third completed assignment for the course Composition for Collage. I have decided to call this "Generation Gap".

I love doodling and playing with inks and could not help it here, it almost got out of hand. When my summer vacation starts within a week, I promise, it will totally get loose. I will be doodling and splashing ink all day and night!

I have ordered a new book of collage: Collage Couture. I am so looking forward having this! Based on the reviews and sample pages it will be a good addition to my collection of inspirational books.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Doodling at Creative Doodles



I am attending Traci Bautista's online course called Creative Doodles. The picture shows my first weeks exercises. This course is so much fun! Filled with videos and colorful ground material for the exercises.



I have been a big fan of Traci since her book "Collage Unleashed" was published. Her style is something I can really relate to. The book is one of the most inspirational books I have ever seen. If you haven't got it yet, I really recommend it!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Zlightly Zetti challenge


A page for the deco booklet "Red And Black".



I am participating The Three Muses Challenge, this week's theme is Zlightly Zetti. This means you have to make something similar to Teesha Moore's style. I LOVE her style, of course, as I love everything that is overwhelming in details.



If you like Teesha's style and are looking for a great book, get Mixed -Media Collage by Holly Harrison. Great book, including Teesha Moore and other great collage artists, plus lots of reading and ideas.



Back to the little collage I made for the challenge. I wanted to include some humor in it, the woman in the collage looks a lot like me and well, aren't we all bit selfish at times! It's actually my aunt's face there, it's amazing how I never realized I look so much like her.



The upper body is from a print received with Somerset Studio magazine. The triangles in the left are motifs cut from Basic Gray scrapbooking papers. All the other elements are my own creation including the painted background.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Weird People



A page for the deco booklet "My Family".



There's no real Cousin Cathy and it's not snowing in Finland yet. I sometimes enjoy making these weird imaginary people by following Claudine Hellmuth's concept. You just need to paint the background, then cut a head and finally add some clothes from small leftover paper scraps.



This is the first time I participate Theme Thursday. The theme is script writing. I had a script stamp that looks a bit like crochet, especially if it's laid diagonally like in the hat.



Back to Claudine Hellmuth. If you consider purchasing her book, I would recommend the sceond one, Collage Discovery Workshop - Beyond the Unexpected. It is all about making weird people and does not require much skills, the concept is more about imagination.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New books

I have been very picky with the new knitting books lately. For the experienced knitter it seems that they publish the same books again and again. But you do not always need to look books under knitting to find inspire for your knits.

I love this book: Art Deco Fashion by the Pepin Press. First I borrowed it from the library. Then I just could not be without and I had to buy it! The book is filled with fashion drawings of the 1920s and 1930s. Some are colored, most are not. Every single outfit is so conceptual that you can just take the design - proportions, details, shape and such - and do what ever you want from it. I use this book by just opening it randomly and whoo - I get so inspired! It is my design bible. If I am feeling low, all I have to do is to open the book.

Another recent addition to my library is Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia. I love Nancy Bush and I love lace, so no question I had to get this book. I find it a bit odd though that we need an american woman to write the book about estonian lace. There are so many talented people in Estonia, also many in Finland - why do we need an american to appreciate what we have.

The answer is that we just do need one. All that skill and beauty is too close to us. We really do not fully understand its' uniqueness and value.

The book is wonderful. I am definitely going to knit many of its projects.