I consider myself fairly crafty, but I don’t pretend to be an artist. Give me something to copy and I can usually do pretty well, but to paint something from scratch, well, that’s best left to others. But Tara Mayoros, one of my fellow Clean Reads authors recently showed how she turned some of her old manuscript pages into beautiful works of art! She sometimes gives them away at author events, but this lovely painting here is displayed in her home.
I asked Tara for permission to re-blog, but since Blogger doesn’t have that option I copied some pictures from her original post. This lovely tree graces her mantle. Isn’t it gorgeous? If you want to know how she did it, click on the picture to go to Tara’s blog. She's got detailed instructions there.
Here are some more beautiful projects Tara has made from her manuscript pages:
I’m sure you’ll agree that Tara is as talented at art as she is at writing! Her novel Broken Smiles was released at Clean Reads last year.
About Tara’s book Broken Smiles:
One fateful night while performing at the Grammys, the pressure from the music industry becomes too much for Laidan. She is quickly carried off the stage, leaving the world audience stunned and amazed by her emotional performance. Accompanying her are a trusted bodyguard and a close childhood friend. Together they make for the jungles of China where she meets Doctor Rafe Watkins, a humanitarian who has reasons of his own for why he has chosen to live deep within the bamboo forests.
The handsome doctor is building an orphanage and runs a clinic that fixes children’s broken smiles or cleft palets. Watching him perform his many acts of kind service, Laidan’s “broken smile” is also healing and she begins to fall deeply in love with him. She has finally found a place where she belongs. One problem – because of Rafe’s intentional seclusion from society for the past seven years, he does not know Laidan’s true identity. What will he do when he finds out? Can love conquer all, or is Laidan’s rock star fame too big for his quiet life?
About Tara Mayoros:
As a child, Tara Mayoros moved to Asia with her family where her love of different cultures and travel began. In college she satisfied her wanderlust by moving to back to China, filling her head with countless stories, and occasionally writing them down. Years, marriage, children, and many adventures later, she picked up her dusty pen and paper and realized that writing took her to different worlds and gave her the experiences that she yearned for. As an artist, musician, and nature lover, she sees the beauty in the process, and the miracle, of creation. The mountains are her home and they call to her whenever she finds herself in need of inspiration.