Monday, September 7, 2009

Cactus Monday AND Girlfriends Sketchbook page for Lynnette's Traveling book

This ink drawing I painted with watercolors reminds me of the characters in Waiting For Godot! Who/what do you see? (click to enlarge) This is the cactus in the park I photographed last week.
Happy Cactus Monday


Starting with my page in the traveling sketchbook this weekend found me working on lots of art. This exciting piece is

my full page 12" X 6"
for Lynette's traveling girlfriends sketchbook...

Lynette's theme is a butterfly garden so I did my page using my dyed paper towels and dyed

dryer sheets (blues/reds/yellows/browns/greens) and glued them down and then top sewed free motion style to create the butterfly, apple tree, basket, grass and flowers you see here.

I added two butterfly charms that Patty and I found at the bead store on Friday...

This next series of photos shows you the enormity of the book with the pages of seven (7) artists so far...this book has traveled from Virgina, to New York, to MA, to New Hampshire, to Ohio, to London and to California. I will send it on to Oklahoma and it will go from there to Illinois, to North Carolina and finally back to Virgina.

The art is collaged, waxed, sewn, painted, drawn, embellished...

is full of charm and charms...

with different types of paper from shiny slick, canvas, watercolor, brown paper bag...

from beginning to end

a work of art




fun filled








  1. HCM Lynn. You have certainly been busy. I love the CM painting. The cactus seems to be trying to tell us something. Perhaps it is saying it is thankful you brought it alive and gave it a voice. It is shouting for joy.

    Your page is terrific. All the lovely detail. The little charm is a fitting addition.

  2. your cactus is so neat! and look at that book, looks really professional like this. she is gonna love it. your page is fabadabadelicious.

  3. I'm in love with your watercolor of that crazy cactus!

    I can't wait to begin our book. I didn't realize we each pick a theme...what fun!

    I saw a raven on one of those pages ;)


  4. This is a very exciting post! Well, all your posts are exciting, but this one is special. I love everything I see.

    Your pen and ink is so cute, and very good, I might add. It and the real thing look like cartoon characters, for sure!

    I love your addition to Lynette's book. Your art is so original and fresh. I love it.

  5. its fun to see one of the books with many additions. I so far have received only 3 books to decorate and send on quite some time ago. ps just scrolled through katie's girlfriends blog and saw the page you did for my book love it.

  6. HCM!
    I love your sketch!!!!
    The book looks great I look forward to our Artsysoulsisters book!

  7. Lisa thanks...this was fun to make.

    Soul, glad you like my sketch and page.

    Lolo, thanks, glad you like it so much... yes, a theme is optional.

    Katie Jane, thanks for all your kudos today! ;-) big smile here.

    Suki so nice to hear you love the page I made for YOUR book! Goodie.

    Marianne, thanks, me too. These books are fun and keep so many of us connected in nice ways.

  8. Great looking pages! And photos! and your creativity results!!


  9. This is a great post today. Love the drawing and watercolor cactus. Very cute and love the girlfriend page you did too. Your talent grows daily.

  10. PS. I see you have posted your new art work on ETSY. I like how you did the backgrounds.

  11. Like the broken cactus that just keeps going. Happy Cactus Monday, Judy

  12. thanks for dropping by Lynn - your art, as usual, is beautiful. I'm happy to see your creativity is still blooming :) I used one of your cards the other day for a very special occasion - to thank one of my friends for her mentorship for my first year of my business ... be well!

  13. what an amazing project! I feel like I could walk into the pages and go on a journey myself!

  14. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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