What happens when you stop taking pictures, and use words to capture a moment instead?

Good photography and I mean GOOD photography is a work of art.  Capturing more than just the moment to convey feeling and tell a story is not for the amateur “Iphoneographer”.  As a visual learner, I enjoy seeing so many people pay attention to their surroundings (well, except when their surroundings are themselves…grrrr…selfies!)  To be a great photographer takes time and skill, however, the moment is only as poignant as the viewer is patient;   a tough sell in our fast-is-better world.

A moment crafted with words expands time.  A well-written story leads a reader deeper into the moment adding dimension unlike any other art.  The reader is gently guided with the interplay of words, sounds and punctuation to explore the writer’s world. The senses are awakened…sights, sounds, touch and even taste come together to create a picture.  The possibilities are endless.

Repurposed Wrapping . . . Have Yourself a Greener Holiday

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I adore wrapping paper…the colors…the designs…the store displays.  They work their magic and woo me as I pass through the shops.  If I so much as walk near Paper Source, I feel my heart race and my hands perspire.  BUT…as a lifelong tree-hugger with a reduce, reuse, recycle kind of mentality, I force myself to stop.  Visions of crafty supplies…rescued ribbons, vintage fabric scraps, saved pompoms dance through my head.  I have a hoarder-like style of saving everything, well, you just don’t know when something will come in handy, do you?

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So…into my studio I go to collect accessories that fit the season or occasion… left over wrapping paper, fabric scraps, buttons, ribbons (I even once saved a student’s rejected watercolor and turned the paper into hangtags).  Not only do I save a bundle (to spend on rescuing more vintage items) but I created a unique OOAK (one-of-a-kind) gift.

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Save a tree this holiday season and have yourself a greener holiday!

As always…with love, Barbwrapping4