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The dioramas are either made of wood painted with water soluble oil or paper painted with watercolours.

Paints deserve little boxes

This morning, while searching for books about Mesopotamia, I came across this so-called Ram in a Thicket. It’s dated from 2600 BC and there actually was a couple of them, discovered in a grave in the Royal Cemetery of Ur in Irak. Archeologists say it’s a reference to an Old Testament’s story (the sacrifice of the ram) but that would spoil everything for me! I think it’s a very cheeky ram with folded wings and he eats from the Cosmic Tree (it does look to me like stars, not roses!). Needless to say… I’m smitten.How could archeologists who don’t have an artistic bone possibly understand works of art? Art’s mostly been commissioned

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A Table

Got myself a little table for my ceramic and watercolour workshop. A bigger table wouldn’t fit… anywhere! But it’s very cosy, so that would do. No more water spill on the bed…When people ask me if I have a studio, I laugh…But it looks better with some proper mess! I’m glad I don’t have to clean up. Such peace… It’s almost night outside. No dusk, no blue hour since mid-april. Hello Night. Good night, Night. So nice to see you again. I’m almost tempted to stay up late. I love doing collage. Endless possibilities… I can add many things as I go along. This beginning of a house will be one of

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The Witch Diorama

This is a diorama I made for a dear friend of mine. I used watercolours on mixed media paper. What took the longest was the making of her Magical Grimoire. Even with a very good instruction book about pop-ups, it took me a while to work it out.  I absolutely loved doing that, I could spend my days cutting bits and painting them, but it’s a serious strain on the hands. Maybe, I’ll consider buying a cutting machine one day, but not for now. In the meantime, this is great fun!

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A Troll Hat

This is a Troll hat I made for Halloween, it’s basically a paper diorama representing a landscape since trolls are a personification of Nature. It’s made of paper, painted with watercolours and there are 4 electric tealights. I don’t think I’ll be able to run with it, but that’s allright, since trolls are supposed to be slow.

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A Bewitching Broomstick

Tada! My first broomstick! About time! It was a delight working on the composition, preparing all the little parts (beads, wooden cut-outs, paper leaves, woven ribbons) and of course making the body itself. The making was magical (of course). Some people have different broomsticks for many different occasions, but I am limited by the lack of space, so this one will have to do. Anyway, I have the feeling that it likes the exclusivity.  Being an animist, I’ve always been attracted to magical and ritualistic objects. I particularly connect to the broomstick because it’s usually ridden by women. In this  male dominated world, I’m searching for a more balanced approach. Expressing and exploring the

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Troll Mother

Still having fun with handmade stationery. Here is one I customised into a Troll. The excerpt is from a Swedish fairy tale : These photos were taken these two past weeks. The weather is now really fine. No more snow (but it was still snowing yesterday)

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A Faery Glass

Keeping on with the idea of scrapbooking. This is a “pocket” for a Faery Glass, the kind of magical object that allows you to see the Faery Folk when you look through it. You can also open the window. Now, I’m going to work with digital painting on similar ideas, a cross between scrapbooking, art journal and cabinet of curiosity. I am brimming with inspiration, you have no idea…

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Scrapbooked Letter

It was 8 degrees today! It feels like snow weather is now over. Spring is in the air. But no green trees before the end of May (maybe even June). Meanwhile, it is so nice to see colours again, the rich textures of rock and moss. During my walk, I found a heart of moss at my feet. It was totally by itself, obviously carried here by a recent storm, so I picked it up. That’s what you do with lonely hearts.   I finished my first “Scrapbooked” letter ever and had immense fun creating it. It’s in response to a beautiful hand-crafted letter from one of my penpals. I love this

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