It was Mandy's 40th birthday this month and Zuzu had the lovely idea of compiling a book for her.
We each made an A5 page decorated both sides any way we wanted - here are my efforts
This is the front of the page - painted lavender then different shades of lavender inks swished across the page - it is paler in real life!
I made a sachet out of paper and filled it with dried lavender from my garden. On a piece of thin tissue paper I painted a butterfly then painted several layers of gold paint around it - and once dry glued it onto and over the edges of the sachet. It looks like a little silk pillow and smells lovely.
I used really thick paint to do the gold pattern to give it lots of texture.
This is the reverse of the above page.
I painted it matt black then whirled lots of thick gold paint onto it and heat dried it to give a nice texture.
The Victorian birthday card print, I enhanced with watercolours - it actually looks better in 'real life', and painted gold around the frame.
It was the first time I have ever done anything like this and it took me several days to do both sides - and allowing for the layers of paint to dry.
I hope she liked it.
Apparently it smelt wonderful when taken out of the packaging - which was just as I had intended