Friday, 18 February 2011

East Meets West

Crafting has no cultural boundaries for me.  I like to work with the finest hand printed Japanese Washi papers to the textured, creamy water colour papers made in England and use crafting materials from every country in between!  I made the little Japanese doll  this week.  She will be either made into a bookmark or mounted onto a card.  It was such a pleasure to work with the Japanese papers and I almost salivated (but thankfully didn't!) over the beautiful patterns and texture of the paper.  The way I feel about paper is the way that some of you feel about fabric or wool so you will know exactly what I mean!

 The Japanese papers come in a vast array of colours and designs and are based on real-life kimono patterns.

 In addition to playing with my washi papers, I have been mounting up my hand stamped and water coloured images onto card stock.  The flash accidentally highlighted the cellophane packaging in the picture above looking like a watery sun!
 I think these colours are very bold and vibrant.......................

but I also like the lived in look too!  Have a lovely weekend everyone.  I hope the sun will put in an appearance!

14 comments:

Vintage Tea Time said...

The Japanese doll is so cute! You must have a lot of patience! Yes, hope the sun does turn up this weekend, but it looks unlikely :( Abby x

KC'sCourt! said...

I know exactly what you mean. I think she is absolutely beautiful. I love your other pictures too.
Julie xxxxxxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love your little Japanese doll, she's beautiful! :)
I know exactly what you mean about crafting material, with me it's yarn.
No sun here at the moment, hopefully that will change for tomorrow.
Have a lovely weekend Simone!
Vivienne x

Anne said...

I love your little doll!

And your landscapes look great as cards. What an interesting surprise the flash left for you. I like the "lived in" look as well as the "bold and vibrant" with your landscapes.

Ali said...

Gorgeous makes. Hmm I like to sit and stroke papers - lol - I have some really cute ones that I dont think I'll ever use as they are just too nice - or I make them into cards for hubby or my boys so that they will stay in the house and I can keep them and look at them - sad I know xx

Lyn said...

I can see a whole range of Japanese cards from you! Have a great weekend.
Love
Lyn
xxx

Rosie said...

The Japanese Doll is lovely as are your other cards. It would be lovely to see some sun this weekend but it doesn't look very hopeful so far:)

Beansieleigh said...

Simone, your work is BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the Japanese dolls!!! Are you selling them?! I would love at least one or two.. If you don't sell them, would you share how to make them? Loved your stamped and watercolored works too!! Just gorgeous!... Have a great weekend! ~tina

Millie D said...

You do make beautiful things. I love reading your blog so I've nominated you as a stylish bloggger. http://milliebead.blogspot.com/
Millie

bad penny said...

Stunning. I totally love your potato hens... are you selling them ? I'd love to buy one !

Helen Philipps said...

Lovely little Japanese paper doll, and lovely patterned papers too! Like you I just love craft papers, and handmade papers for painting on - in fact arts and crafts supplies of all kinds! I get lots of ideas from new collections of paper, just as I do with fabrics. I think we are very lucky to have this continual enjoyment!! Hope you have a great week ahead. Helen x

Diane said...

I love your work - its stunning. I too would get very tempted by that Japanese paper. xxx

Julie Rutter said...

I don't have a 'thing' for paper but I can understand why you do and your Japanese papers are beautiful - you're very busy at the moment. Juliex

Green thumb said...

I think I've already told you how talented you're, but it's better to tell it twice!
xxx