Monday, July 11, 2011

Creating something different

My paperbag book creation

For the past few weeks I have been working a lot on my collage work.  I have enjoyed creating them and having paintbrush and art stuff in hand.  I have been thinking long and hard about opening my own Etsy shop and I think that I have decided to do so.  I am excited and scared all in one!  I have been trying to build up some inventory but I needed to take a break from canvas painting and collage work.  So I decided to pull out all of my notes from my Paper Bag Book online class by Sara Whitmire, and began creating away. I had the pleasure of meeting this lady at Art and Soul this year.  I sure did have fun tea dyeing tags, adding all kinds of embellishments, beads, fibers, pictures, quotes, pockets and so much more.  I made it personal and tried to document my artistic journey. My book began to grow and develop into what you see here.  I love every page of it!

Having fun on every page!

Pockets, lace and butterflies
Dance, Dance and Dance some more!

The focus of my artwork has changed considerably in the past year and I am happy with where it has taken me.  I feel that I have soared and I have learned to just let go!!  I like the feeling of being free to create and seeing where it leads.  With this book I was able to play with all of my stuff;  from beads, to papers, to paints, images, laces,  to cut words (I have been cutting and collecting forever!)  This book was created from just three brown lunch paper bags, stitched together and I carefully decorated each page.  I filled the pockets with treasures of mine that I have been collecting from art workshops, notes from friends and my journal.  It truly has become a book filled with treasures of mine.

Fun stuff everywhere!

This is the back page of the book!  Love it!

Sometimes we just need to break away from our "Artistic norm" and try something new. You will grow in yourself and in your abilities. Now I have this awesome book in my studio to pick up and look at and hold, it reminds me that I can do anything!  I love art, I love the process of creating, I love it when I am in my "zone." When you are in your studio, music playing and you are alone with your creative self and your art work.   The time flies by so quickly and you have lost all track of the clock;  just creating and playing; adding one more word, one more piece of lace, one more color, one more . . . and then you know when it is finished and there is nothing more to add, you've done it! You step back to look at your piece and feel a sense of extreme satisfaction that it needs nothing else, it is complete.  I truly am in love with the piece I have just poured my heart and soul into! 

I love this page dedicated to my girlfriend Harmony Lenasbunt
her work is amazing!

Now it is a new week, routine work schedule, obligations, appointments and so much more.  I have given myself a wonderful gift this weekend with my little book!  Now it is back to working on my collage pieces and each one has taken on a specialness of its own.  I encourage you to try something new, something out of your comfort zone, never let your art work become habit or routine.  There is no fun in that nor in your creative spirit.  Always be excited when you enter your creative space, see what the time you have has to offer.  Open yourself up to new possibilities, you won't be disappointed!  I leave you with a sneak peek of one of my future Etsy collage works, it says it all!

Create Art!
Sending you love and peace
Donna Lee


  1. Donna, what a lovely book that will for sure inspire you each day you look at it! And I know what you mean about being in the zone. Those are my best moments. I wish it happened more! I think its great you will be opening an etsy! Good for you! I am sure you will do great! And I love your collage!


  2. Gorgeous work, Donna! I love this!

    I agree with you, sometimes it's good to go outside of our artistic norm. Thanks for the inspiration, brave girl!

    Love you. Hope you have a great week!

  3. go donna go.
    loving all your art.

  4. oh my goodness. This post made me cry. Your excitement and creative joy came through in every page and in every word...and I feel so emotional. Thank you. I need to reread. And think. Did I say think you for the inspiration? ~k Your paper bag book is so beautiful. What a treasure.

  5. Your book is GORGEOUS!!! You can almost feel the fun and excitement you had creating it. :) Do you mind if I share this post with our class? I'm sure they would also love to see your beautiful work! :)

    *BIG HUGS*



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