Bamboo Spring ~ #007 April 2014 – Haiga/Haibun Phoneography Challenge: Macro (plus) NaPoWriMo

©14 (raw) Bamboo Beads 3 sml 6x


Finding Bamboo Spring


I’m not sure why I’ve been attracted to bookmarks. the interest goes back years. I periodically return to creating them as well as gathering them. gathering, I’ve used bits of paper. yarn. feathers. twigs. anything handy at times. I suspect most of us have.

creating a bookmark appeals to me. the corner of an envelope—which I then paint. watercolor (and drawing) paper—painting and drawing. photographs which I use as is or attach as collage to other papers. sometimes I laminate the work. sometimes I do not. dried and pressed blossoms, petals, leaves, seaweed. clothing tags with string, cord and chain, ribbons and beads or plastic do-dahs—which I may also paint.

and more recently bamboo. slicing the bamboo thin lengthways. or snipping stalks in various lengths to make beads for the ribbon or cording tassel.

a week ago I gave up on being ready to make things with the bamboo in my yard this Spring. it helps to know what I intend to do with the bamboo before I start trimming. in this case I needed to cut the buddha bamboo back so I could get to the gate without maneuvering through a forest. I thought I gave up on a variety of ideas—paint and pen reeds, whistle flutes, plant stakes, sand drawing tools, clay tools, attachments and sculpture parts, paper and canvas hanging bars and beads. beads for pendants, key chains and of course bookmarks.

I’ve used this bamboo previously on projects such as a Naked Mail Art Swap.

Naked Mail Art (or Naked Postal Art) is simply art work sent through the postal service unwrapped. addresses and stamp(s) are placed directly on the work and away it goes. I wrote about one of these naked mail art projects a couple of years ago, entitled Painting Bamboo Forest in a Jar.

yard work
within a bamboo forest
I find Spring

I cut the bamboo a week ago. in the process of cutting I began to trim a few pieces to use in planting and hanging things. and as beads—even though I was not ready to work with the bamboo at this time. hope remains that some of the cuttings will turn into bookmark beads if nothing else. somehow creating a bookmark feels like Spring to me.

now the bamboo will-be-beads are drying.

the bamboo is green yet often turns to a yellow-tan as it dries. sometimes it will retain the green to some degree. mostly it turns to that soft golden glow yellow, which can look so inviting when slightly polished with handling.

bamboo Spring
I trim green cuttings
into beads


Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting 
  • iPad 2 Digital Camera
  • Top Camera App
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

This is my response to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro, April 14, 2014 found on the Lens and Pens by Sally blog. The theme or focus for the 2nd Monday of the month is Macro.

I’m also including my response for yesterday for National Poetry Writing Month 2014 (NaPoWriMo 2014). I hope to contribute at least one poetic writing each day—although I will post these on my blog only as I post (which currently is about 2-4 times a week).



April 13

stitched into the night
the clatter of banana leaves
Spring sky




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