Digital Papers & Ephemera for handmade journals

Scotts Valley, California
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About Poppiness

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On Etsy since 2012

Heart of a Storyteller, Soul of an Artist

I have long been a maker of many things but I came to art by way of my native garden and my writing life.

For over thirty years my primary focus on making things was telling stories with words and poems and putting them into books for children. I never did the artwork in my books but I told a lot of stories. I published books and poetry for young readers of all ages. And yep, if you look around online you can still find some of those books.

Writers often get hit with writer's block and often I would go work out in my garden, tinkering with the plants in an effort to work past a plot problem. We had ripped out the lawns in our typical Silicon Valley yard (tiny and surrounded by cement) and put in California native plants. Water conservation was an issue but moreover I wanted to create a wildlife habitat. Over time the birds and the bees and even the worms returned.Suddenly I had a yard full of critters but I had no idea what they were called. I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos and then returned to the computer to try and identify them all.

Sometimes it worked and I learned to tell a chestnut-backed chickadee from a goldfinch. Sometimes it was harder to tell what kind of bug or butterfly I had. But it didn't take long before I was hooked on the way our garden was coming to life.

But still, writer's block would plague me from time to time and I needed something else to help me break through the block. I took a collage class and was immediately hooked on torn paper collage. From there I played with mixed media which let me to art journaling which led me to learning how to make books and handmade journals. I wrote less and made more art. Eventually I turned to art making full time.

We moved from a tiny yard out to the country and a bigger piece of property. A new garden was begun. Another aspect of art making crossed my path - using leaves and flowers from my garden in my work. I knew about pressed flowers and loved to use them in collage but then I learned about eco printing to transfer the flowers and leaves to my papers and then use those some papers to create my books.

I was hooked, I tell you, and there was no turning back.

Now the California native garden that is becoming a wildlife habitat is also becoming a dye garden and home to plants I grow just because I love the way they print on paper.

I have this thing I do every day (if you follow me on Facebook you know where I am going with this) at the end of every day I look around me for at least one thing that has made me happy, that has made me smile, that has reminded me that this one and precious life of mine is filled with joy. And I encourage others to do the same. Pointing out the small moments of joys in our lives makes a path for more joy to come our way.

I find so much joy in my native garden, in making art, and in sharing my art with you.

I would also like to invite you to visit my website (Poppiness) where you can read more about my artistic process and journey.

May you find oodles of joy in your daily life too.

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  • Susan Taylor Brown

    Owner, Artist, Digital Designer

    I have gone from writing books to making books. Everything is possible, just not all at the same time. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Life is good!

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Last updated on June 10, 2019
Thank you for visiting my shop. I hope you'll find something here to delight you. I specialize in nature inspired digital art, papers, and ephemera that you can download and use in your own projects.

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