Thursday, 30 September 2010


Some of you know I have obsessions with re-using things in everyday life, well envelopes are one of those things. I've been using them in my junk journals for awhile now and I also make little sketches using markers, cut out the sketches then add them to my journals. I've now started making sketches around the windows of the envelopes to create frames for my next journal.

This one has been added to one of my journals.

I scanned this one into my computer and added a piece of lined paper behind it so that I had somewhere to write in the envelope window.

I've also been getting some pages finished in an altered book round robin that our art group's running. These are pages in Dot's book. As you can see they're all about colour.

Lastly, I had to show this fabulous quilt that one of my students made. Jaz is doing a university course in textile design and this was one of her pieces she submitted. She printed a lot of the fabric herself, especially all of the text and photographic images. It's wonderful to see in real life. Jaz has a flicker site here if you would like to see more of her work, she has some fabulous textile designs she's printed.

a close up of some of the detail.

As much as I could get in one go, again Jaz has more on her flicker site.


Bren said...

love what you've done with envelopes, who would have thought they could be so beautiful and add so much to a page. Of course your beautiful, vibrant artwork makes them show stoppers!
And thank you for pointing the way to Jez's work.

calej said...

Absolutely gorgeous work! I'm amazed at how you see the ordinary things! Thank you for sharing your work to the world!


Healing Woman said...

Using those envelopes is such a great idea. I do love the way they add so much texture to your journals. Also, I love Jez's quilt and will visit her site now.

Thanks so very much.


Teri C said...

What a fun idea! They all look so beautiful.

Terri Kahrs said...

Ro, I always look forward to your posts. The color today made my heart sing with happiness! Love the way you've used the envies, and the quilt work is gorgeous! I'm off to check out Jaz's flicker!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

ju-north said...

You have a great eye for colour ...and recycling!

Anonymous said...

Glorious use of envelopes!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Ro,
What a lovely colourful, friendly post you have written.
Both Dot & Jez are very talented like yourself.
I lurve having like minded friends to share my passion with!
Have a great weekend,

Doreen G said...

What a great idea Ro--I have been saving envelopes for years because of the different patterns and colours that are inside them and I love to use them when making cards.

Heather said...

What a great way to re-use envelopes. I love your sketches on them - they are like sophisticated doodles. That quilt is amazing and such fun.

Jan said...

You always manage to make art out of the most unlikely things! well done. I love the piece you are showing by Jaz, too. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow Ro!Love these envelopes.Just Love your Creativity.

sue said...

These envelopes look amazing and your designs just go from strength to strength. What a great idea - you really are the consumate recycler! Jaz's quilt looks amazing too!

Robyn said...

I love the reuse of the envelopes.... they're beautiful.

Thanks for sharing the quilt.... that's my kind of quilt... it's very original and beautiful too.

You've inspired me today... and I'm leaving here with a smile.

Jan said...

love what you did with the envelopes!

mansuetude said...

Your envelopesReally caught my eye. Lovely.

The quilt is amazing

Studio Sylvia said...

hi Ro.
Enjoyed your post. The envelopes are wonderful. Jaz'z quilt is also terrific - alot of work.
Would you please email me your address and Patsy's as I left them behind. I would be most appreciative.
Greetings from Malta's airport. Have had great difficulty accessing internet even though I purchased USB internet key. Using airport WiFi.

Jacky said...

Great to see lots of these goodies in the flesh yesterday!!!
Dot's journal pages are wonderful, so vibrant (and so Dot) and I love all of those envelopes with your designs.

Hope you're having a restful Sunday after all the buzz of our get together yesterday.

Jacky xox

Sophie Munns said...

Speaking of students Ro I was able to show one of my students you journals pages last week in class...

we are in the process of finding what direction she really wants to head so it was a revelation for her to see what you are doing!

Generous of you to include a student's work... its all looking good..

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Ro, your blog has a new look!! I love it, and as usual it is filled with exciting ideas, color and designs so unique to you. Your creativity is boundless. roxanne

Fenland Textile Studio said...

I love your envelope ideas and the bright pages in the altered book. It has really cheered me up on a rainy day here in England.

Karen Cole said...


Thanks for always stopping by. I really appreciate posts are few and far between, but I am still here. I am just about to do post #200. You'd think that would have happened ages ago.

Your work just keeps evolving and getting richer and richer. I also love stitching on everything now. It adds such a beautiful dimension to your work which was so multi faceted to begin with.

Great to hear from you.

xo Karen

Gaby Bee said...

Gorgeous art work! Using those envelopes is such a great idea. You are seriously one of the most creative artists around!
Jez's quilt is quite unique. Love all the little details. Simply perfect!

ArtfulLee Designed said...

I love what you have done with the envelopes. I am now saving mine from all the mail I get at work. I love the idea of the window to whats behind.
Your pages are so vibrant and colourful. Beautiful