New Tool!



I’ve finally bought a light box!  It’s super thin, so I can fit it between pages in my sketchbooks if I need to, and it has 3 brightness settings (low and medium shown above) for different papers…it’s awesome!  I don’t have to draw up against a window to get light any more ; )  And, it’s just in time for a big project I have to do this month!  YAY!


Paper Clintonia



So, while I think this came out well enough for a crepe paper flower, I do not think it looks like a clintonia borealis – the proportions/flowers aren’t quite how I want them…I’ll have to try this flower again when I’ve aquired more skill with crepe paper!  I’ll have a chance to look at the real flowers this spring when they bloom – maybe I can take my crepe paper out to the woods and try again ; )




I thought I’d post a couple photos of what’s going on in my sketchbook these days ; )  Winter is bringing snow apon snow and dangerously cold temperatures…so we’re staying warm inside together as a family!  I’ve started a new puzzle and the boys are playing Operation.  How is your winter going so far?!


Paper Bunchberry



My next crepe paper flower is the native bunchberry.  I have these growing here and there in the wooded parts of our property.  Cornus canadensis, also known as creeping dogwood, flowers in late spring early summer.  The red berries come later in summer, are edible and have an apple like flavor with cruchy seeds.  They are a lovely plant to look at all summer long with the deep green leaves and red fruit.