Monday, December 3, 2012

watercolor books and finished baskets

i've been taking a watercolor class through Joggles.com for the past 4 weeks. i'm trying to get more comfortable using watercolors and this class helped teach me some new techniques. during the last lesson we were to take some of the pages we produced, make them into a book and we added bits and pieces of other pages on the inside. i did some stitching and stamping in my books as well.

Click on the images for a close-up view.


2 small books made from watercolor pages



stamping

stitching

other pieces inserted in book


i finished 3 of the fabric coiled baskets i was working on. 2 are made by hand and 1 by machine. i added some embellishments to all 3. they will be gifts.

basket made by hand with a cloth fabric insert

basket made by hand with ceramic turtles stitched on the inside

basket made by machine with ceramic bead stitched in the center

wishing you all a good week.

23 comments:

Eva said...

The water color books are little jewels! Each snipped becomes so meaningful, doesn't it? And I so love the blue basket with the turtles. This is excellent! You amaze me time after time with your choice of colors and your sense of combination.

Nancy said...

Deanna - Deanna - Deanna!!!
I love the books-n-baskets both! Watercolor has always been my favorite paint medium...the turtles grab me (of course!) and all of your color choices...beautiful :)

Judy said...

LOVE YOUR BOOKS DEANNA! Yes, LOL, I was shouting!
Your baskets are lovely too.
Do you ever sleep?

xxoo

Marie said...

You have been busy! Love the little watercolor books and the baskets are such fun! :)

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

i love the colors of the baskets - they look really good and practical - they'll hold just about any treasure that will be placed in the - so unique. and the watercolor is really great - lots of expressionistic gesture - the mixing of the different "media" is what i like about them. this is a good move towards alchemy. and as far the book making goes - they look good. my first stitched books were never square - i'm still dealing with getting my corners square - never gonna happen. you never fail to amaze me at all the things you do. lovely to see this. take care.

Jacky said...

Looks like a lot of fun your watercolour books! Great way to learn techniques too (a sort of sampler).
Love your coil baskets, especially the one with the little turtles.
Busy hands as always.

Jacky xox

handstories said...

what fun! i had pulled out my watercolors today, for a change of pace. your house must look like a gallery.

Ms. said...

Echoing all the above--adding a WOW--just great...I dearly love the purple tree (trees)--imagination never fails.

neki desu said...

lovely little books!

Rachel said...

Those turtles have got a lot of fans - delightful!

Nat Palaskas said...

Oh I love your handmade books. Lovely to use your own art papers to make then with. Those coil baskets are gorgeous. I love the color too, blue - hugs Nat

susan hemann said...

just love your books. you are so talented. I love the stitching with the paper.

Deb G said...

I have eleven days of at the end of this month. My plan is to make and play. I just added watercolors to my list. :)

Doris said...

I love your books. I´m just learning how to make the binding. I bought the book: Making handmade books / Alisa Golden. Do you know it? Very good!

deanna7trees said...

hi Doris. i don't have your e-mail address so i'm answering you here. i have another book by Alisa Golden...Expressive Handmade Books. i haven't gotten into it yet but it looks good and i also purchased a book that was just recommended to me called:
Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman by Kojiro Ikegami. i haven't received that one yet.

Anita said...

Lovely books,it's interesting to see so many water color techniques.I like the blue basket..You inspire me a lot to try out different things,thank you Deanna.

liniecat said...

Gosh I adore those baskets!! Superb!!

deemallon said...

your turtle basket is wonderful!~ I like the idea of looking inside to see little creatures.

Janet said...

My mom (Sally Jo) and I love these! Great watercolor book and pages and nice job on the baskets. The colors are great!

yvette said...

deanna! what a beaty's
you are a lady full of energy
can you give me a little bit?

Peggy said...

I was all set to say "Deanna, Deanna, Deanna" but then I saw Nancy already said that. :) Awesome, just awesome -- everything here. Have a great weekend! xx

karen said...

I can testify to the beauty of your baskets Deanna. Thank you so much for mine I love it. I think your water colour's are excellent...very gentle ad 'soft' somehow.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Your ability to learn is amazing, Deanna!

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