Completed Envelope Book

I finished up the envelope book I showed you last week. I decided to use my own handwriting for the poem even though I generally dislike my own writing. But I went with it anyway. I used a poem by Joan Graham called ‘Nature Knows Its Math’. It seemed to fit and I added in a few more sketches on several pages that referenced the poem.

Here’s the front again. I used a painted piece of rice paper for the binding. The binding paper has a couple layers of acrylic medium to make it stronger. It almost feels like fabric.

I really enjoyed creating this book. It is a very easy book construction and can be decorated in an infinite number of ways. Have you tried creating your own books? I’d love to see them if you have.


Take care and stay safe!


Time to Stand and Stare

Pink Water Lily
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

Mama and Baby Goat

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.


No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

Lush Green

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

Glacier Lilies, Photo by Ruth Lane

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

Sunset Bucerias

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

— William Henry Davies