Thursday, June 30, 2011

All Things Paper

I  have  so  much  of  this  stuff--paper!   Every time  I  go  to  garage  sales,  I  always  come  home with  at  least  one  book--I  can't  help  it---I  have  a  weakness for  them--the  older  the  better.  I  love  the  way  they  smell  and  the  way  the  pages  turn  brittle  with  age,  and  the  images  too.   And  every time,  I  go  to  a  craft  store,  I  end  up  in  the  scrapbook  dept.   I  just  love  paper!   At  times  it  gets  a  bit  overwhelming  what  to  use.   But  last  year  I  had  found  this  over-sized  world  atlas,  and  I  loved  the  front  inside  pages--



And  I  found  the  most  perfect  piece  to  use one  of  these  pages  for--



...and  I  went  from  there...searching  for  bits  and  pieces  of  other  paper  and  images--just  whatever  was  in  sight--
























...with  some  thrown  in  textured  stenciling,  rub-ons,  and  embellishments....







Very  fun  piece  to  do....and  that  probably  used  less  than  1%  of  the  all  the  paper  that  I'm  drowning  in.

And  let  me  share  something  else  with  you.   I  am  not  a gardener  (back  in  the  day  I  was..but  not  anymore).  However,  I  love  to  have  hanging  flower  baskets  all  over.   So  yesterday  morning  I  was  watering  this  one--

...and  I  decided  to  take  it  down  to  pick  off  the  dead  flowers  and  leaves...la, la, la, la,la.....and  look  what  I  found...

!!..I  didn't  disturb  it  though--for  any  of  your  bird  experts  out  there..will  Mama  bird  come  back??   and  if  she  does,  how  do  I  go  about  watering  my  plant  but  keeping  her  home  in  tact??

53 comments:

Michele from Pipi La La said...

I love this latest piece! Love it!!

As far as the nest goes.... mummy birdie built it there with all the watering so I'm guessing she won't mind. It'll be you waiting and watching that will worry her. ;-p lol

Hugs to you!!

rachel awes said...

i am in love
with this face
of the world
& the find
of a whole world
in a blue egg.
wow.
love.
xox

Clare said...

what a wonderful way to use the old map book - what a lovely happy round face. Isn't it fun to collect 'stuff'- especially old books

Sharon said...

Your worldly girl is a crazy good fun piece. Yes to what Michele said about the bird. But if the nest is active, you should see another egg today.

NatashaMay said...

You found just the right paper for that face or the right face for the paper. :) Gorgeous as always. :)

Holly said...

I am developing a bit of vintage paper love myself, Diane. I LOVE how you used part of the world atlas to create your beautiful sun piece. I quite fond of sun & moon pieces.

Buffy said...

That paper fits perfectly in your piece. See you needed that paper! LOL about you drowning in paper.

And your plant is beautiful,I don't have a green thumb,its more like black,I usually kill all my plants. Its sad. I don't know anything about birds and nest. But what a nice surprise to find it.

Cathy Bueti said...

Love what you did with the paper Diane! Very cool piece!!

Your flowers are beautiful. I am no good with plants. lol Wish I knew what to tell you about the birdie nest. Its so sweet to see though!

:)

Georgie Horn said...

both are treasures! I love the face you put on the earth...maybe she's mother nature?

Connie said...

The mother will come back. I heard even if the babies fall out of the nest and you put them back it's ok. The parents will come back. So don't worry. How to water the plant, I'm not so sure. Love your new work. Very cool.

Sesenarts said...

OMG! this is truly beautiful! I love the layers. I can see you did have lots of fun making this piece. It shows! And look you were rewarded for your adding beauty to the world by receiving a gift in the hanging basket. Too cool!

Janet Ghio said...

I love your sun with all it's papers and texture!! We had a family of wrens that lived in a hanging basket on our porch. I just watered at one edge of the plant.

Heather said...

very pretty! love the color and all the detail. and what a pretty flower and nest! I would think that since you didnt touch the nest or egg, the mama should be back. All summer my granny has had a bird making (multiple!) nests in her fern, and every time my little one is over they take the basket down and examine it and look at the babies, and the parents always come back.

Heather said...

PS one thing my granny does to water her plant without disturbing the nest is it, is to set the basket in a bucket of water (so just the bottom of the container is wet, of course) so she can soak it from the bottom and not have to get the nest wet.

Zaa said...

OMG What a delightful floral discovery... Nothing like keeping the little ones clean ha ha .... You map art is so inspirational too...Love it !!!

Isabel said...

What lovely paper!!! I love paper too:O) Love the new painting:O) And what a treasure in your flowers:O) I hope mamma bird came back. Have a great weekend!

donna!ee said...

gorgeous, gorgeous art! love love love the way your creative wheels spin! blest be :)

Yael said...

Hi Diane, I love your collage - and this surprise find is just one of the sweet things in life - I hope the little bird comes back, oh I really do!! :-)

Dianne said...

your 'map face' turned out very lovely!

Zondra Art said...

I love your work and art!
Amazing Diane, amazing!


Big kisses and nice weekend.

Emelie said...

U really try not to do this or say this on blogs, I feel I can find othr words, but...OMG that is so creative and artistic. Just wonderful idea and I know you wish you had more beautiful maps right now becaue this happens to us.

Well I know I am going digging in my old books for some maps but of course there are umpteen things to do first. I reallylike the work in the previous post also. So glad I cam to visit you have great things to see.

Saschi said...

from what i know, dont touch the egg! leave the nest untouched! leave the basket in the same place also. it looks like a blue robins egg. only one? that is sad. hopefully there arent any cats around. but if everything remains without human scent, then the mother bird should continue minding her nest.

hows bob?

Gloria said...

Beautiful paper and love what you've done with it. I think the mother will come back. Just leave the egg alone even though your tempted to touch it. Tee hee. Have a great day.

Julia Christie said...

So pretty! Love how this turned out.

What a sweet surprise in your basket!

Smiles

JessiVille said...

What an extra special, beautiful post! I adore your girl of the world - exceptional! And my nature loving self got so tickled with your surprise secret in your flower basket!
Jessi xox

Regina said...

I love that you USE your paper finds. I have a tendency to hoard. Bad.
Your used of the map was brave & turned out beautiful.
As for your nest... Do you think there's a house finch nesting there? They are famous for doing this & there will be more eggs. All is sweet until you have some well fed babies in the nest... ;-)

creatingme said...

oh my goodness...LOVE!

sharon said...

I too have so much paper that I don't ebven know what I have, but I like it that way! HA!
Your face on the map is outrageously great! I love it!

What a thing of beauty in you flower...it will work out.

Conni vom Atelier Tante Trulla said...

beautiful collage and what a nice surprise with the nest. I hope the mother will come back. I had just an happy experience with a bird.

Kristin said...

WOW! A new favorite ;) LOVE this - and I agree - I do the same thing with paper and old books - and my DH brings home stuff for me all the time too as his work is across the street from a thrift store. He brought home a dozen old cookbooks the other day - it is a blessing and a curse, right? Okay, but I LOVE your new piece so very much . . . xo

Dorthe said...

Oh Diane,-what a wonderful find, I don`t know if mamma bird like showers!
And dear , your fantastic face in the globe is so special, A very beautiful sun.
xo,Dorthe

wanda miller said...

LOVEING it ALL diane...loving it ALL. i have no answer for mama bird coming back...but...i have done this...when you are sure it's a done deal, you can bring the nest and egg in the house for all to peruse. one year there must have been a pilfer er of birdies and i had about 5 of them...placed them on our little christmas tree with the eggs intact...talk about cute and fun for all! xoxo

wanda miller said...

sheesh, am i not sensitive...oh yeah, i really am...that answer about the nest and egg are all after the fact...i too hope mama comes back...but anything can happen in nature we knows!:( :)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane! This piece is absolutely STUNNING!!!! So perfect for summer. :) I just love it. :)
What a sweet treat you discovered! It looks to be a robin's egg. Since you didn't touch or disturb anything, it should be fine. :) Such a beautiful perfect piece of nature. :) Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!!

Juls said...

wow!!! what a fabulous find ... Its just AMAZING!!!! and I just LOVE how you have altered it!! Hugs Juls

Cameron said...

Diane!!!
That is gorgeous!!! I don't know how you think of these things....but it amazes and inspires!!!

I love it!

...and that sweet little nest! What a gift to peer in on the little crib of a sleeping baby bird :)

Lynn said...

Whew, do you have a following! I am dizzy from scrolling down to leave my comment! ;-))
Awesome art piece with your wonderful found paper(s)...just terrific.

I hope mama bird returns too. Just don't cut away too much foliage maybe so she feels she is hiding.

Good luck with this. Pretty plant too.

laurie said...

what a gift,,

Joyce's Journey said...

Well first I thought the sun you made was stunning. Then I just loved the purple flowers. And the cute little birds nest? Oh my! Beautiful, happy pictures. Thank you for sharing!!

kluless said...

Oh you lucky girl, to find a bird nest right there in your basket! Yes, I think Mama will return to tend the nest. A friend of mine had one in her rain gutter and the wind blew it down. Her husband used DUCT TAPE to secure it back in the gutter and they enjoyed watching her raise her brood for the rest of the season.
Your work is beautiful, as always. You should really consider teaching or online classes!!

Dale Parker said...

Oh my I have the same problem....too much paper! I love this use of the map. Very clever of you. Looks like "mother" is the word of the day for you.

Artist Terri Smith said...

Diane..I'm So Lovin' This Newest Piece! Such A Wonderful Idea Using The Map! And Your Hanging Planters Must Be Gorgeous Because The One You Photographed Was Sensational! How Sweet To Have Discovered The Nest Within! Have A Glorious Weekend Sweet Friend. Sending A Hug From Georgia, Terri

Tammie said...

I love what you did with the map Diane, such a gorgeous piece! SO fun.
and such a lovely find, the wee egg.

Inspiration from Nature said...

I love this collage. Very beautiful and creative.

Lotus said...

What a treasure to get that atlas! Very cool and I love what you did!
And what an awesome find in your flower basket! I hope mama comes back and you're blessed with little cheepers! ; )
Thank you so much for your comment on Lil Guy 2!
Lotus

Φανή Παπαγεωργίου, Ζωγράφος said...

Dear Diane, what a fantastic and romantic art!!! congratulations!!! I love it!! Greetings from Thessaloniki, Greece - Fany

Heather said...

We tooo Diane!!! I love paper!!! I love this piece too. You always have such great ideas!!!
Ahhhhh the bird nest!!! So sweet!

Marilyn Rock said...

Love this! WOW! Jaw dropping gorgeous.

Love the nest find in your beautiful hanging basket :)

xxoo

Healing Woman said...

Such a clever way to use an atlas. Love this one. You are going to sell so well at your upcoming shows.

Becca said...

Diane this piece is by far my absolute favorite! I especially love the eyes/expression on a the sun's face. Wow!
I am also following your little bird nest story too!

Lovey said...

Gorgeous...

Sherry said...

I love the way you used the book liner map - I love how you use different things in each piece but they still say DIANE. I'm sorry I haven't commented for so long - I seem to continually be behind on blog reading which makes me not take enuf time to comment. But I love what you do and the warmth it evokes.

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is so awesome and gorgeous. Stunning work Diane. Love your other creations too.
lovely greet
Marja
marjascreativity.blogspot.nl

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