Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

Chinese New Year Dog

Dig it!

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What to do with that pile of magazines?

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Shred some colorful magazine pages and weave the strips together. I had fun making greeting cards yesterday out of slightly heavy weight, glossy pages. If you have any ideas about shredding, weaving and gluing techniques, please share!

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I particularly like looking at them from a distance. They sort of start to look like real art!

MATISSE & ME

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Matisse started creating his wonderful paper cut out collages when he turned 70 and found scissors easier to handle than paint brushes. I decided to explore his concepts myself.

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Here is my inspiration for the flower design. It is located in the newly renovated East Building of the National Gallery of Art.

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This design appealed to me because of its simplicity of form and color.

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You can do it too. Here are all the necessary supplies:

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Nothing but scissors, blank greeting cards and adhesive-backed foam sheets. Not even any glue or pencils required! Can you imagine anything simpler?!

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So now I’m happily making the world’s fastest homemade colorful, squishy Christmas cards! Please send photos of yours!