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Monday, February 25, 2008


Oooh, I can't tell you how excited I am about my latest project idea - T.A.B.'s
- AKA: Tiny Art Books.
Informally known as TABBAD's: Tiny Art Books By Anita Davies.

Entirely handmade, hand sketched and hand painted by Moi!...AKA: Me.

This book, my first, is just 2.5 x 3.5 inches and holds an accordion style 4 page layout of HP watercolour paper. A wonderful addition to any ACEO collection (Art Card Editions & Originals), for all you collectors out there!

Each page measures just 85 x 60 millimetres / 8.5 x 6 centimetres.
The cover was painted in acrylic and is decorated with a hand painted design using acrylic paints and Sharpie marker pens.

This particular T.A.B is entitled 'Spring' and was created for Margaret Storer-Roche as my Pay It Forward Project gift to her.

The Daffodils and Tulips were sketched from life using a bunch of flowers I purchased earlier this week.
Two of the back pages are glued to the cover and the remaining, centre two pages display paint splashes and 'Handmade by Anita Davies' and the date it was made.

The book is held closed with a strand of cream satin ribbon, tied into a pretty bow.

I absolutely loved making this book so much, I started my second today.


Bonny said...

Anita, your little TAB is so cute! I made something similar, a little bigger. I don't have a photo of it :(.
I think I might make a couple of these as Easter gifts with Easter/Spring themes.

Anonymous said...

This would make a really fun alternative to a traditional greeting card!! lovely book! deni......;)

Susan's Scribbles said...

That is so cool Anita! You are so talented! And so good about sitting down and DOING these projects that you think about! By the way, I'm enjoying your newspaper columns too!

mARTa said...

I love art books and these are so sweet! I want one!

Meinhild Selbach said...

What a wonderful idee!
BTW, I didn't forget your postcard. I'll send it when I get home from this conference...

Margaret Ann said...


It is now 9:30 PM Monday evening here in Arizona and I am just NOW catching up on blogs and....Oooooooooohhhhhhh! I am actually trembling with excitement! Oooo-oooo-oooh! ;)

Oh,....a P.S. to Anita's blog readers...maybe if you get the "hankering"...pop by my blog sometime Tuesday or Wednesday...there might be something there that interests you...hint...hint...;)

Robyn said...

It's a little treasure, Anita!

Arty Velarde said...

I like your tabbads the name is cool too!

caseytoussaint said...

These look really lovely. what a great idea!

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Barbara said...

Anita I love this idea! Your little book is precious. What a nice gift project. Thank you for sharing.

Serena said...

They are so darned CUTE!