Saturday, March 27, 2010


During my virtual trip I discovered that the journals I usually use on trips for drawing are no use if I want to paint with watercolor. The paper it just too thin to cope with all the water. I ended up folding a large piece of watercolor paper into a folded journal. While that was a lot better for painting, I still missed having a book to look through and started to look for instructions on book binding.

I remembered a series of instructural videos I discoverd while taking Cathy Johnsons Yournal class and looked at them again. After some shoping and looking at stuff I had safed in my "don't know what to do with it but I do not want to throw it out" box, I ended up with - what I think - is a wonderfull first try on bookbinding:I'll test this on my next virtual trip and have already bought more material for a new book I want to use on an upcoming trip.

Imaginary Trip to the Beach

At the beginning of this year I decided to join Laure Ferlita on her Imaginary Trip to the Beach.
It was really wonderfull what we encountered after walking across the boardwalk onto the beach.
Flamingos were looking for food in the shallow water,

Seastars and shells in the sand,
banyan trees at the beach,
and turtles in the water.
I loved walking along the beach, feeling the sand under my feet and the sun on my skin.

What a great experience this was! I've decided to join Laure on her next trip to London at the beginning of April. It's been years since I've been there.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New York Beauty

For a change I spent the last weekends sewing and not painting. Years ago I promised a friend a wall quilt as a house warming gift. Another friend asked to work with me, which did not turn out too well to put it mildly. The project was shelved for years and finally thrown out.

Some years ago I saw a NYB Quilt in Birmingham and instantly knew that that was the ideal pattern. I got the additional software for EQ 5 and started.

In the meantime my friend moved, I turned to painting, time went by,......

This year I decided to finish started projects, to be more concious of things that weigh me down - as did this promised quilt. Now that my arm has healed and the muscles start to relax again, I decided to stay with this quilt until it is finished. Two weekends and some early morning hours and I am done and on Saturday it will finally be given to my friend. I am relieved, happy, giggly and proud of how this quilt turned out.

And now: back to my virtual trip to the beach, postcards to come in the next days.