Saturday, March 1, 2014


savour is my word for march
i remember feeling it was a brilliant word back in 2012, on the first word-go-round

and so it is again

i'm already savouring ss4, karen's latest class

she's playing with paper, embroidery transfer paper to be precise

i haven't any, so i'm playing with paper of the handmade variety

i have no idea where the paper i made many years ago has gotten to but i found a yellow piece i have treasured for almost as long

using her techniques, shared with us, i am combining it with linen, lace and silk, into strips

tiny pieces, the smallest fragments

 a small strip of the embroidered silk i found in london

the green is also paper, and exceptionally delicate, with little sparkles of gold

 i have enough paper to make the three groups i've shown here; two are sewn together now, ready for embellishing
once they have all been mucked with to my heart's content i will join them all together and back the long strip with silk

i'm making this to learn the technique, rather than coming at it from a burning desire to create this particular piece... it wasn't "in me, waiting to come out" like most art usually is

but then yesterday we went to opus art shoppe in kelowna

oh my heavenly stars

i was indeed in heaven

big, cluttered, high shelves, stock upon stock, paint, glue, ink, sketchbooks, charcoal - on and on it went

 and far in the back i spied the cupboards with the wide, shallow drawers

i know exactly what those drawers mean


i do love handmade botanical paper

adore it really, over-the-moon 

i was only going to get one sheet - it's not cheap and i had no plan for it

but there was no way, no how, i was leaving that store without it

 and then, a funny thing happened on the way to the till...

i got me an idea... and then another, and another

all the way home i just sat, enjoying the scenery, letting the ideas come, letting them percolate

today i cleaned up a few things that have been kicking around, taking up space
savouring the anticipation of tomorrow

tomorrow, i have a big date with my worktable...


deanna7trees said...

you do have a way with words and such good taste in paper.

Marj Talbot said...

Oh what lovely paper - very tempting. Your combinations of lace, linen and paper are really nice. I look forward to seeing your embellishments.

Suztats said...

I sense a bit of magic is about to happen!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

What an interesting lesson and experiment..enjoy!

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Jillayne,
Your words lead up to the anticipation of beautiful work to come. Love the paper.
Have fun on your date with your worktable. I know something gorgeous will be created.

lynn said...

these papers and tidbits of lace are so beautiful .. anything you make is always filled with love and whimsy in my eyes... the last layout with the rose petals and the fabric..
swoon.. i could see myself with a journal cover with that combo..
happy crafting and have a wonderful week.

Mosaic Magpie said...

That lovely paper...paper is almost as yummy as beautiful fabrics!

Createology said...

Savouring your words and gorgeous botanical paper. Whatever will you create and savour with them? Blissful Joy Dear...