Monthly Archives: August 2013

Napkin Fold Card: Part One

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

About a year ago, my friend Nancy showed me how to make something called a “napkin fold card”. Last month, I saw some more she had made and was finally inspired to make some for myself. I still had the template from a year ago, but I had misplaced the instructions that went with it. In a way, this was actually fortunate, because it made me to think for myself rather than follow the instructions of others. As a result, my napkin fold cards have a feel of simple elegance to them that is more in line with my style than some of the highly decorated napkin fold cards out there.

Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday. The sentiment is from a stamp.

This is the napkin fold card open. It says,” Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday.” The sentiment is from a stamp.

I needed to make a sympathy card and decided that a napkin fold card would be perfect. Of course, since I’d been wanting to make this card, any excuse would have been enough to get me started. And, like most of my art projects, I couldn’t stop with just one. Once I had gone to the trouble to figure out all the dimensions (I started with a 8″ x 8″ piece of paper) and gone through my paper scraps, my studio was filled with lots of colorful papers and they wanted to be used.

Loving the paste papers with the bright yellow.

Another napkin fold card closed. Loving my paste papers with the bright yellow paper!

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started my adventure.

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started this adventure.

Napkin fold card open. I'm thinking Halloween here.

Napkin fold card open. I’m thinking Halloween here. The center is a stamp hand-colored with watercolor pencils.

Silver and blue napkin gold card closed.

Silver and blue napkin fold card closed.

Napkin fold card closed. I'm thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin fold card closed. I’m thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin card open with stamp, Thinking of You!

Napkin fold card open with stamp, “Thinking of You!”

I will post instructions, along with more examples of these cards, next week. I have so many more ideas for these cards.

Until next week, Candy

Check out Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (with instructions)

Paste Paper Lotus Flower

My first Lotus Flower made from my very own paste papers.

My first Lotus Flower made from my very own paste papers!

For those of you following my posts, you know that I have started my seasonal making of paste papers, which I do every summer when it is hot and the paste papers can dry quickly.

Over the past few years, during my annual paste paper making frenzy, I’ve been testing papers to try to find the perfect one for a special project. I’ve wanted to make a paste paper and then fold it into a Lotus Blossom. Believe me when I say that has been a difficult task. Most of the papers I’ve tried have ended up having the paste crack when folded, or the paper has torn when I manipulated the folded pieces into a lotus blossom, or it was just too unwieldy to use.

As you may have guessed from the photo above, I have finally found a paper that works… if I am super, super careful when folding. For those of you who are curious, the paper I ended up using for the Lotus Flower above is a charcoal paper. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have finally found something that works!

My new (new to me, at least) garage has been converted into my paste paper studio for the next month, as I make hundreds of paste papers. I have an upcoming show in August of 2014,  for which I will be needing a great many paste papers. This is your first notice! I’m afraid I will be keeping the actual project a secret until I install the show. But stay tuned, because after the installation, I will be posting lots of photos!

Autumn colored paste papers drying in my garage.

Autumn colored paste papers drying in my garage.

Currently I’m making autumn paste papers. Over the next month, I will work my way through each season and end up with a large variety of colors. During the warm summer weather, I seem to find autumn colors the hardest to do. Maybe it’s the Oregon fires causing the hazy conditions here or maybe it’s being able to set up in my very own garage, but this year the autumn colors have come easy.

And I love the fact that I don’t have to take down my paste paper set-up in order to cook (I used to do this in my kitchen). Of course that means fewer dinners out, but I guess I don’t mind. It’s worth it.

Enjoy, Candy

Keepsakes For The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil

Here are the four little accordion books. Each book is covered with a different hand made paste paper. The charm on the ribbon wrapping each book is a tiny sunflower.

Here are the four little accordion books I made. Each book is covered with a different hand made paste paper. The charm on the ribbon wrapping each book is a tiny sunflower.

I was honored to be asked to make small keepsakes for the four Japanese visitors who were here in Ashland, Oregon, for the 28th Annual Ashland Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil. Their connection to Ashland started in 2006, when the Rogue Valley Peace Choir traveled to Japan to sing in Hiroshima Peace Park August 6.

I was given the words that needed to be used and free reign with the design. The only constriction was that the keepsakes needed to be small and easily packed in luggage for the return flight to Japan. After several ideas ended up in the garbage, what I finally came up with was a watercolor with the “feel” of a sunflower (the symbol of a nuclear-free planet) made into an accordion book. I hand lettered each little book and covered the end pieces of each with a different paste paper that I had made. They are tied closed with yellow and orange ribbons and a sunflower charm. Each little book also included the name of the person who would be receiving it.

This shows one of the accordion books open. Each book has a slightly different watercolor. The open book is approximately 3" tall and 22" wide.

This shows one of the accordion books open. Each book has a slightly different watercolor. Fully opened, the books are approximately 3″ tall and 22″ wide.

Here is a close up of one of the books.

A close-up of one of the books.

Wishing my little keepsakes safe travels to Japan.

Wishing my little keepsakes safe travels to Japan.

Here is a photo of the sunflowers floating down the creek at the end of the Vigil.

At the end of the vigil, we were all given the opportunity to release a sunflower into the creek .

Peace to all, Candy

 

Children Making Paste Paper

Here Sam is using a comb to make marks on her paste paper.

A young girl, Sam, making her very first paste paper. 

Last week, during Ashland’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, I set up an area in my studio for children to learn how to make their own paste paper. First I demonstrated, then I opened up the area for the children to do their own thing. It was so fun to watch them. They were fearless as they brushed the colored paste on the paper. Here are some photos of their fun.

This is how Sam started her paste paper.

The very beginning of Sam’s paste paper.

Here Sam is making her final stroke with the comb. I got out the hair dryer, dried her paper and she got to take it home with her.

Here, Sam is making her final stroke with the comb. I plugged in the hair dryer to dry her paper so she could take her paste paper home with her.

This is how Aidan started his paste paper.

This is how Aidan started his paste paper.

Aidan adding more color.

Aidan adding more color.

Here is Aidan's final piece. Notice the stamp in the middle.

Here is Aidan’s final piece. Notice the stamp in the middle.

Here Lottie is starting her paste paper.

Here Lottie is starting her paste paper.

Here Lottie is using a comb on her paste paper. The comb was very popular. I had lots of tools for making marks on the paper, but the variegated comb was the one most of the children wanted to use.

Here, Lottie is using a comb on her paste paper. The comb was very popular. I had lots of tools available for making marks on the paper, but the variegated comb was the one most of the children wanted to use.

This is how Beckett started her paste paper.

This is how Beckett started her paste paper.

Here Beckett is making her final stroke. She, too, is using the variegated comb.

Here, Beckett is making her final stroke. She too is using the variegated comb.

Her is how Olivia started her paste paper.

Here is how Olivia started her paste paper.

Olivia is just finishing her paste paper.

Olivia is just finishing her paste paper.

This is Gigi's paste paper.

This is Gigi’s paste paper.

The children had a great time. At the end of it all, they got to take their paste papers home with them, too. I loved having the kids play in my studio, even if they did make a little more of a mess than I usually do.

Enjoy, Candy

P.S.
For more information about paste papers, what they are, and how I make them, check out my blog posts on making paste paper:
Making Paste Paper: Part One
Making Paste Paper: Part Two