Book of Bloom


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


Hello sweet friends, remember the book inspired by the woods I made, and the beginnings of the Book of Bloom I shared with you there? Well, here's what the Book of Bloom looks like so far.

I bound all the pages and started to collage and paint on some of them.


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


Here and there I added some photos of earlier works too. And some laces and fabric snippets. In this book, like in the book of woods, there are pages of different kind of papers. Like mixed media or watercolour papers, book pages, scrapbook papers, and wrapping papers. And I added some fabric pages to which I will add little collages or embroidery pieces.


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


I haven't finished the back of the binding yet. I'm not sure what I will add to the fabric there. Probably some embroidery on fabric snippets. Or may be buttons?


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


Some of the prints I made of my earlier work, is work I made for my blog Wen's Paint. That's a more experimental blog, my art studies mostly in painting and art journaling, often in bright colours. Things that I create which at the moment don't really say "AppleApricot-stuff" to me :)


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


But I find more and more that my AppleApricot blog is changing too.

I'm freeing myself from the ropes I had tied myself with. The idea that AppleApricot should be like this or that, in this or that style. I'm letting go also of the shabby vintage style. It served its purpose when I needed it, and I might not let go of it entirely either. But for now I try not to attach myself to whatever style or idea.


Book of Bloom handmade art journal by AppleApricot


But flowers... there will always be flowers wherever I go!
They're just a must have in my life, they make me so happy!

I'm very sure there will be dried and pressed wildflowers in my book added here. And painted flowers. Photos I take of flowers. Sketched flowers. Poems about flowers. Flowers everywhere!


Wishing you a happy blooming day!

xx Wen

22 comments:

  1. Dear Wen, such an adorable front cover, and love the fat bunch of lace pages, you have added!!
    Your painting of the little girl is so beautiful, and oh the deer on their wonderful landscape,--and I also I love all the bits of papers, and sweet details you have everywhere. I`m so exited to see where your art brings you,- shabby or not , I love what you do, dear friend.
    Big hugs, and love
    Dorthe

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    1. Thank you sweetie :) It's so nice to explore! Big hugs xx

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  2. Hello Wen it's Karen : )
    Your book is sooo lovely, and really YOU.
    I enjoyed peeking in each page you shared with us.
    Very eclectic and soft and bright; each page
    a facet of your expressive style. It's beautiful Wen~

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    1. Hello sweet friend, so good to see you again! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Sending you big hugs xx

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  3. Beautiful! I love the painting of the girl looking at the field of flowers. xx

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  4. That's a work of art in itself but I am sure you can embellish it with flowers as you said even more. I'd love you to make one with a sea theme too!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Thank you Ariadne! Actually, that is one of the topics I want to make a book with like this one, so it will be here in the future :) xx

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  5. What a beautiful treasure you have! I love the look of it and each page looks like you want to touch it. Love the textures. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much AnnMarie :) xx

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  6. it's a beautiful book in progress and I'm glad you will use lots of flowers no matter what beautiful books or writing you create. I always liked the quote (I don't remember from whom) that says "The Earth Laughs in Flowers.' Yes. Because they always make me happy too.

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    1. Thank you so much Sallie :) And that's one of my favourite quotes, I must add it to the book, thank you! xx

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  7. WOW Wen what a beautiful book coming together there with all of your fabric bits, paper bits and lovely paintings of flowers, reindeer and little girl looking at a field of flowers. You are so gifted with the paint brush too! A woman of many talents indeed. Yes it's lovely to see you growing and changing with your artwork - shabby or not - shabby can take many different forms too!
    Love and hugs,
    Suzy xox

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie :) Sending you big hugs xx

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  8. Beautiful fun in your book, I love the mix of photo's with the paint and your deer page is just gorgeous, LOVE!

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    1. Thank you so much Connie :) xx

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  9. So gorgeous Wen!!
    Letting go and giving in to the change that is happening is good Wen. I see many beautiful pieces of art coming from this change!
    sending hugs and wishes for eclecticism! Jackie xx

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    1. Thank you Jackie! And thank you also for the encouragement :) xx

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  10. Another absolutely lovely book with so much to see and enjoy on every page. Regarding the evolution of your taste/style - I think that's a good thing. As artists we enjoy the challenge of new things and they keep us fresh. There are still going to be influences and elements from what went before but changing means growth.

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    1. Thank you dear for your sweet encouraging message :)

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  11. Wendy,
    As always love your beautiful work.....the book is just gorgeous! Your painting is lovely! Your talent amazes me. Hope all is well with you. Hugs xoxo
    Diane@babiesbridesandlavender

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Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen