Monday, April 12, 2010

inspiration monday


last week i created this little book by lettering a quote onto paste paper......some of the pages looked like they needed something, but i didn't know what, so instead of forcing the issue (which is what i usually do so i can call it finished), i put it away for a few days. and when i pulled it out again, it was like seeing it for the first time! i realized that it needed a little more color on a couple of the pages, and then i added a little shadowing to some of the lettering......and proved to myself that when a touch of patience is thrown into the mix, inspiration can definitely strike twice on the same project!

put on your flip-flops and grab your sand buckets.....we're headed to the ocean!

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for a peek inside, view photos here (click on "slideshow" for large format)
you can also watch a video in large format here at you tube


29 comments:

rachel awes said...

when might you sell these?!
such great wisdom to remember to not rush our pieces!
oceans of love...

Doda said...

Hi ! I just had a good look at the inside! Wow! It's lovely!

Diva Kreszl said...

it is amazing how different something looks when we step away from it for awhile, I do love the finished piece!

Ludid said...

listening to the ocean while looking at your piece was calming. enjoy your monday.

Dolores said...

Aw, my all time favourite colour. It's beautiful.

jojo said...

FABULOUS!

Meg said...

This notebook is just..wonderful!

Right now I had to step away from my bachelor thesis because after almost finishing it I got stucked on the very last page. I'll wait till tomorrow for some new ideas :)

Kim Hambric said...

What a beautiful color. And you were so right about the shading on the lettering.

Patience is best. I, myself, rarely have enough patience.

Sara said...

I love the idea of inspiration hitting twice on the same project. So very true! Love it! And I also adore all of those sweet treasures from your last post. Blogland is so fabulous and inspirational! Enjoy the ocean!! :)

Mary said...

You know I thought it beautiful the first time I saw it, but it is amazing what the shading and the small additions made. It's great!!!

Have fun at the beach!!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

it's so true, i do that too, set something aside, sometimes for months at a time, only to pick it up later and do a little something extra to it, and voila! i'm in love with it again!

love the colours you've used ...it's fresh and inspiring!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

it's so true, i do that too, set something aside, sometimes for months at a time, only to pick it up later and do a little something extra to it, and voila! i'm in love with it again!

love the colours you've used ...it's fresh and inspiring!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!

Crystal said...

It's just magical, Lori!

The swirling ocean hues, the lettering that coaxes the imagination to daydream, and of course the very fine craftsmanship! :-)

Why do I suddenly feel like making a sand castle?

Hugs,
Crystal

P.S. Thanks so much for your sweet mention of my purse charm! :-)

debi said...

So pretty! funny how inspiration comes in waves! (and goes)! It is so much better when you don't have to force it.

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Hi Lori! So sad about The Olde Green Cupboard isn't it! The store is only 5 minutes from my house too. I was bummed!
Anyway, for the best Batik selection around you can check out this St. Augustine quilt shop. She's got a whole room full of batiks.
http://www.magrietasquiltshop.com/

Martina Voigt-Schmid said...

This blue is just to dive in, a beautiful colour and beautiful book :)

Jancalligrapher said...

I love it, Lori, it was such a treat to see your lettering and the book is gorgeous. I was not familiar with the quote either and you know I am a quote lover! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Hugs to you today

Martha Lever said...

This is beautiful, Lori! I am sure that Rosie would agree!!!!!

shiborigirl said...

Yup, there's nothing like a little "space" to gain some perspective. (I've got some projects that have been hanging around for YEARS waiting for that inspiration!)

Love the paste paper. I used to do that - FUN. :)

Have a great time at the beach...

xoxo,

Kate

PaperPumpkin said...

So beautiful, lori. I am in awe. I love how you added the oranges and violets with the ocean blues...gorgeous.

Createology said...

So lovely and very wise of you to come back and find just the perfect finishing touches to add to your masterpiece. Happy creating...

Pat said...

This really turned out great! I love the subtle shading on the letters. I often put projects aside to "percolate" but it's usually out of a sense of frustration rather than patience. I guess that explains all the unfinished projects lurking about.

aimee said...

it was totally worth the step away - it looks great! it's so hard to put projects aside when so close to the end, but the result is usually something totally different when you put the space of a few days and perspectives in between the almost-finished and final product! i love it!

Becky Shander said...

So you're a tweaker too huh? Going back to add, remove...change - this is all part of the fun. Glad to see you having lots of it.

Patty S said...

that turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!!!
tfs lori!!
xo, patty :-)

Ophelia said...

This is so awesome!

Debbie said...

Lori, the colors are so pretty! what a wonderful book! :-)

Elena said...

What a great journal! Love the colors and I can see curling up in an adirondack chair along the beach with it in hand. And those treasures you shared in the previous post are just beautiful.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Lori, that book is so gorgeous! I love the colors you used, and your lettering is so amazing! You're so wise also about throwing some patience into the mix! That's very good advice! Thank you! xoxo Paulette ;)

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