Finding Their Creative Wings...

by Toni

I have been a long time paper artist and of course cards are a large part of my love.

I have been making my own cards since I was a young child with nothing more to work with than discarded catalogs, scissors & glue.

I was quite content at the time.

All during my years of being a teen and then into adulthood I tried to find unusual embellishments for my cards.

Imagine my delight when the craft world exploded with Scarpbooking!

Now I have all kinds of embellishments, but long ago....

At the coast with my husband and two daughter's, on a very rainy and windy day we were trying to find things to keep our girl's content.

At the time they were 8 & 6 and endeared to working with paper arts themselves.

My husband, who says he does not have a creative bone in his body, suggested that the girls make cards to send to their grandparents.

Okay, good idea.. but we did not bring any supplies.

We collected the stationary and envelopes from the hotel we were at, made paste from water & flour (actually pancake mix).

The girls and their dad scoured the beach, and it's paths for anything that said "Beach"

Driftwood, wildflowers, shells, rocks and other things were brought back up in the girl's buckets, and they set about to create their cards from The Oregon Coast.

It may be one of the most gratifying times I have ever spent with my family with art involved.

The girl's grandparents adored their "Beach Made Cards" and the cards held up far longer, over the years, than I would have ever imagined possible with the flour glue we used.

Christina says...

What a lovely story Toni and one to treasure forever.

I remember wallpapering a room in my house a long time ago and running out of wallpaper mum made me up a big batch of flour and water and we finished off the room.

It stuck to the walls for years and I eventually had one heck of a job to get it off!!

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Mar 06, 2013
Finding their creative wings
by: Vee

Aw how lovely - so loved reading your story. It took me b ack to when my Mother made wallpaper paste from water and flour too.

Amazing what people can do with a bit of string, wallpapr oddments, bits of sandpaper and some shells. I used to make 'stamps' from potatoes, in fact devcorated my old cottage around the little windows using potatoes cut into (made ivy trails) it stayed and stayed and would not wash off.

I so loved reading your story about all things beachy, took me back to our cottage in Cornwall near the sea.

big hugs


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