Monthly Archives: October 2013

Review of #MyOctoberChallenge and Sharing #MyNovemberChallenge

Day 25 of #MyOctoberChallenge - Switch plates for a friend. You can learn more about them on my blog post:

Day 25 of #MyOctoberChallenge – Switch plates for a friend. You can see more on my blog post: Paper Covered Switch Plates

Every day this month, I’ve posted a photo of something I made that day on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/mypaperarts. It’s been both fun and stimulating, but also challenging.

Day 1 of #MyOctoberChallenge - This is a tiny little book. The closure is with a toothpick.

Day 1 of #MyOctoberChallenge – This is a tiny little book. A toothpick is used for the closure.

The fun part was actually playing with my art each and every day, something that often falls by the wayside during the rush of everyday life.

And, since I was going to be sharing what I was playing, I tried not to be doing the same thing day after day. That’s where the stimulating came in. It forced me to try new things, even on days when I very busy with other parts of my life.

While I wish I could do art for 8 to 10 hours every day, that just doesn’t happen in my life right now.

Day 17 of #MyOctoberChallenge - This was helping a fellow southpaw calligrapher.

Day 17 of #MyOctoberChallenge – This was helping a fellow southpaw calligrapher.

If you know artists at all, you know we’re often our own worst critics, so you shouldn’t be surprised when I tell you that the challenging part was when I wasn’t very happy with my result, like on day 5 (I’m not posting it here, if you want to see it, you will have to check it out on facebook www.facebook.com/mypaperarts.

And, of course, actually keeping up with my challenge to myself was a bit difficult, too. But it was an experience that pushed me in new ways, and one that I am glad that I  did, and has made me interested in other ways to challenge myself.

Day 10 of #MyOctoberChallenge - It is quite possible this may make be included in a future post. It needs more work, but has potential.

Day 10 of #MyOctoberChallenge – It is quite possible this may make be included in a future post. It needs more work, but has potential.

I’ve decided to give myself another challenge for November. It will be about Sharing. With Thanksgiving in November, Sharing just seemed appropriate. So, every day for the month of November, I’ll share on my facebook page the work of another artist doing something with paper, and I’ll tag the posts #MyNovemberChallenge. I invite you to join me in this challenge. You don’t even have to write a post every day. Just tag your facebook posts with #MyNovemberChallenge when they’re on the subject of Sharing.

Happy Sharing, Candy

 

50 Triangle Boxes For A 50th Wedding Anniversary

These triangle boxes were the first few boxes I made on my way to 50 boxes.

These triangle boxes were the first few boxes I made on my way to 50 boxes.

These triangle boxes are a result of  a commission I received to create 50 boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary. The triangle boxes were chosen because they could be stacked to create an interesting structure. This was important because one of the recipients was an architect. The boxes needed to be made out of my paste papers because the recipients were great appreciators of art and all the paste papers needed to have gold in them to signify the fact that this was their 50th wedding anniversary.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

It was a fun project! I was given plenty of time to complete the project so I was able to relax and just enjoy the process. First I made lots and lots of paste papers with gold in them. I chose my favorites and took my time cutting and folding the boxes. Then I took lots of photos. I hope the recipients have as much fun with these boxes as I had.

Some of the triangle boxes stacked.

Some of the triangle boxes stacked.

Here is a template that you can download to make your own triangle box:Folded Triangle Box template. And you can see more triangle boxes on my previous post: DIY Triangle Boxes.

Here the 50 triangle boxes are on the shelves in my home studio. I liked them there. It was hard for me to let them go.

Here the 50 triangle boxes are on the shelves in my home studio. I liked them there. It was hard for me to let them go.

A few years ago I created 50 tiny boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary. You can check out that post which includes photos of what I put in those boxes. See: 50 Boxes For A 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Triangle Boxes

Triangle boxes made for an 80th birthday.

Triangle boxes made for an 80th birthday.

I love making triangle boxes. I’ve been making them for many years and many reasons. At dinner parties, I’ve made them with people’s names on them to use as table place settings. I’ve used them as boxes for gifts, of course. I have made them with words, photos, drawings, paintings and all sorts of things on the paper.

Hot pink paper was sprayed with white webbing and made into a triangle box.

Hot pink paper was sprayed with white webbing and made into a triangle box. 

Triangle boxes for a 40th birthday. The photo on the right is the bottom of the box.

Triangle boxes for a 40th birthday. The photo on the right is the bottom of the box.

There is so much you can do with these triangle boxes, whether you simply make a box out of a material you like, make your own material for the box, collage the box, or design the sides yourself on the computer. Here is a template that you can download to make your own triangle box: Folded Triangle Box template.

Triangle boxes for a 90th birthday.

Triangle boxes for Margaret’s 90th birthday. The party took place in Kansas, so the four colors used for the boxes depict the colors of Kansas. The drawing on the side of each box is the “old family farm.”

Another view of the boxes showing the bottom of one of the boxes.

Another view of the boxes showing the bottom of one of the boxes.

Come back next Thursday to see a special project I have made with triangle boxes.

DownloadFolded Triangle Box template

Happy Creating, Candy

Trick or Treats Without Candy

Two different handmade Halloween boxes with treats from previous years.

Two different handmade Halloween boxes with treats from previous years.

I have been putting out my Halloween decorations this week and came across left over treats I gave to trick or treaters in previous years. Personally, I don’t like giving candy or sugar to children, but I still want to give trick or treaters something they’ll really enjoy. So, every year I make little handmade boxes and fill them with fun things like spider or bat or skull rings. The kids seem to love coming to my house and seeing what I’ve made for them each year. It’s fun to do,  and I get to feel good about what I am giving them.

Clamshell box I made from black paper with gold glitter webbing. I put the spider ring inside wrapped in orange tissue paper and tied the box with raffia.

Clamshell box I made from black paper with gold glitter webbing. I put the spider ring inside wrapped in orange tissue paper and tied the box with raffia.

When my children were young, my husband insisted on taking them trick or treating for hours. They ended up wired for weeks until their Halloween candy was gone. It was awful! So, I made a rule that they could eat as much of their candy as they wanted, but at the end of 24 hours any candy that hadn’t been eaten got thrown out! Then, once the rule was firmly understood, I went and bought toys and healthy foods I knew they liked and traded them for as much of the candy as they were ambien willing to part with before starting the 24 hour clock when they came home from trick-or-treating. I only had to deal with 24 hours of wild hellions and I kept as much candy as I could out of their young bodies.

I am getting ready for Halloween trick or treaters.

I am getting ready for Halloween trick or treaters.

I have fond memories of past Halloweens and enjoy having trick or treaters come knocking at my door.

Happy Hauntings, Candy

Bookmarks

Bookmarks I made for a Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale.

Bookmarks I made for a Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale.

This week I finally finished making a large batch of bookmarks for an Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Fair that our community is putting on to raise money for our Community Art Fund. Over the last month I had been taking photos of items that people made as well as some of the collectibles, and I designed a montage of the photos to print on the front of the bookmark. On the back, I put all the pertinent information about the event with a large “Book This Date” as a header.

I made the watermelon in the top bookmark in Adobe Illustrator. The middle bookmark was for a wedding keepsake. I wrote the calligraphy in the bottom bookmark and the background is a scan of one of my paste papers.

I made the watermelon in the top bookmark in Adobe Illustrator. The middle bookmark was for a wedding keepsake. I wrote the calligraphy for the bottom bookmark in which the background is a scan of one of my paste papers. I also hand made the twisted cords for the top two bookmarks.

Over the years I’ve made bookmarks for many different occasions. I started making them as gifts, using favorite sayings and sometimes using my calligraphy, and I’ve just never quite stopped. I have made them for weddings, commitment ceremonies, funerals, memorials, potluck barbecues, farewell parties and for advertising.

The bookmark on the left I made for some bridge playing friends. I find all sorts of occasions to make bookmarks.

The bookmark on the left I made for some bridge playing friends. I find all sorts of occasions to make bookmarks.

People love bookmarks. With the advent of ebooks, I am not sure if this will continue. For now, though, people still love to keep bookmarks. I often find bookmarks that I have made years ago on the walls and refrigerators when I visit friends. I even have found them on office walls.

My current favorite bookmark. Simplicity itself. The brush painting of the bird was made by Ruth and the red chop is her name.

My current favorite bookmark. Simplicity itself. The brush painting of the bird was made by Ruth and the red chop is her name.

My latest bookmarks (the top photo of this blog)  were printed on a laser printer using an index paper. I have printed on all sorts of paper. My favorite was the simple black and white bookmark which has a red accent (shown above) that I printed on an ink jet printer using 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. The edges are all torn by hand. I made that bookmark as a memorial. I ran into two people last week who had never met Ruth, but loved the bookmark and so had kept it as a keepsake.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am a lover of books. I am always looking for another reason to make a bookmark.

Enjoy, Candy