The February Sketchbook Challenge finishes today and after making twenty eight collages I feel it’s time to have a huge clear up and put away all my newly made papers, collected ephemera and Mod Podge. Paper wise I definitely have much more than I started with! As usual have flip flopped around, not sticking to one thing as the photographs show. I have clearly decided that I prefer to make my own papers and love the way the thinner ones can be layered on the substrate. It’s also true that, even though I tried to make some more geometric designs, I favour creating work with a botanical theme. I would really like to get better at drawing birds, so that’s something to take forward and I enjoyed making a collaged background and then drawing and colouring the added elements on vintage book paper. The oystercatchers and olives below are good examples of that. Finally, after a month of paper and paint, I am really itching to get back to some textile work as apart from mending a pair of much loved gloves I have barely picked up a needle!