Tea in Helsinki…

Helsinki tea time

Here’s the completed made-to-order journal, incorporating those painted dishes I showed in the last blog post.

Helsinki tea time

Such a headache coming up with a background color that suited! Painted several canvas backgrounds…all much too dark and detailed. This one, though perhaps still busy, is lighter and softer. Pink is never the color I try out first…it just doesn’t occur to me. (How unlike the feminine and fun work of Hanna Anderson, where pink is the foundation for nearly everything!) But I’m happy to give it the stage if it does the job, and it has saved the day, here.

Helsinki tea time

Helsinki tea time

My Finnish patroness wanted two journals: number two will be out from under the book press tomorrow. Then I CAN FINALLY PACK AWAY MY PAINTS AND BOOKBINDING GEAR! These are pretty much the bindery’s last books before the trip.

Woo hoo!

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10 thoughts on “Tea in Helsinki…

  1. What a beautiful journal that is, love the embroidery included in the painting part too! And thanks for the sweet mention, pink is always worth exploring if you ask me.

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  2. This is really gorgeous and you found the perfect complimentary background. A good friend of mine is a traditional book arts person. She’s made her own paper in the past as well as pther types of art packaging. Her website is dmgerard.com if you ever want to look at her work. I know how labor intensive making a book is – truly, a labour of love.
    Have a great day,
    AnnMarie

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