The new Inchy challenge blog InchyByInch has started with the challenge to include a word. I decided to make my word "wish" and then I thought it would be nice to display it on an ATC for a change so that of course led to 3 wishes. Wishes have to be bright and cheerful to my mind so I've used some very old paste painted papers, a little Collections stamp, a few of my punches and of course my favourite white gel pen!
Pop over to InchyByInch - Fiona has a giveaway happening to start it off and of course everyone is welcome to join in. Remember too that inchies are very small and CAN be very quick to make - just use your paper or fabric scraps!
I had a great couple of hours browsing at the book sale yesterday but it was agonizing choosing when there were so many beautiful books that I would love to own! I ended up with two collage books that I have previously borrowed from the library and loved - "The Art & Craft of Collage" by Amanda Pearce and "Collage Art" by Jennifer L. Atkinson, a terrific Virginia Cobb book called"Discovering the Inner Eye - Experiments in Wet Media" and a fantastic book called "Embroidered Flowers" by Pamela Watts. The title is misleading as it is so much more than embroidery and is full of gorgeous surface embellishment ideas.
I am very confident that all four are going to give me a lot of ongoing pleasure and of course be great reference tools. I also bought a lovely book for my Mum (who is hopefully going to come up and stay with us for a while in June) and four very cheap foreign language books for my collages as I love using different text, especially as backgrounds. One of the books is a Chinese book full of coloured botanical drawings - really pretty even though the paper is thin and unfortunately printed on both sides. Now to go and have some breakfast...and read some blogs - I love Saturday mornings!