Monthly Archives: December 2013

More Paper Wrapped Pencils

These black and white paper covered pencils went to Christer. The paper is actually textured. I was really happy the textured paper adhered to the pencils.

These black and white paper covered pencils went to Christer. The paper is actually textured. I was really happy that the textured paper actually adhered to the pencils.

I made paper wrapped pencils as stocking stuffers. They were such a big hit, I had to make more. Some sets were gifted before I got photos, but here are a few that I managed to get photos of.

Note to self: Always take photos before giving art away.

These pencils were wrapped in a very light, almost tissue weight, paper.

These pencils were wrapped in a very light, almost tissue weight, paper. I love the red, orange and gold combination.

These paper covered pencils are going to a friend who always dresses in purple. You know who you are.

These paper covered pencils are going to a friend who always dresses in purple. You know who you are. I actually have two friends who qualify, but fear not, I have another set in a different purple motif.

These pencils are wrapped in a peacock feather paper. They go to a friend who loves green. Unfortunately I didn't have any sea turtle paper, so the peacock feather paper will just have to do.

These pencils are wrapped in a peacock feather paper. They go to a friend who loves green. Unfortunately I didn’t have any sea turtle paper, so the peacock feather paper will just have to do.

I managed to borrow these pencils back for a photo. Paul got these pencils that are wrapped in a Japanese paper. Paul likes most anything that's blue.

I managed to borrow these pencils back for a photo. Paul got these pencils that are wrapped in a Japanese paper. Paul likes most anything that’s blue.

I love that I was able to use scraps of inch wide paper to make these paper covered pencils. It makes them eco-friendly, especially since the pencils say they are eco-friendly too.

For instructions, check out my post: Paper Covered Pencils

Happy creating, Candy

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils

These pencils were wrapped with a Japanese paper. Tied with raffia, they make a beautiful stocking stuffer.

These pencils were wrapped with a Japanese paper. Tied with raffia, they make a beautiful stocking stuffer.

With severely limited ability to apply any pressure with my hands (read: fell on ice last week with wrists still very, very sore), I was looking for something easy to make for stocking stuffers. I had a bunch of pencils, and I always have lots of different papers around the studio. Voila! Paper Wrapped Pencils!

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

I found some “environmentally friendly” pencils (translation: no paint or varnish) and played around a bit to find what worked best for me.

These were the "environmentally friendly" pencils I found. The pencils on top were wrapped in a thin thai paper.

These were the “environmentally friendly” pencils I found. The pencils on top were wrapped in a thin thai paper.

  1. I used strips of paper 1″ by 6 3/4″. Lighter-weight paper worked better than heavier paper.
  2. The glue adhered best when the pencil was first lightly sanded. The “glue” I settled on was Golden Acrylic Matte Medium. I liked it best because I didn’t have to be as careful with it, since I also finished the wrapped pencil with a coat of the acrylic matte medium.
  3. I applied glue to the paper, then wrapped it around the pencil. I discovered it works best if the paper is wrapped in the same direction as the pencil sharpener blade turns around the pencil.
  4. Apply the matte medium to the paper and let dry.
  5. Sharpen the pencil and your gift is ready.
These pencils were wrapped in a Japanese paper.

These pencils were wrapped in a Japanese paper.

These pencils were wrapped in a beautiful paper with an art deco motif.

These pencils were wrapped in a beautiful paper with an art nouveau motif.

 

These pencils were wrapped in scraps of paper left over from covering my light switch plates.

These pencils were wrapped in scraps of paper left over from covering my switch plates.

Paper wrapped pencils are easy to make stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

Paper wrapped pencils are easy to make stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

I wrapped over a dozen pencils in less than an hour. It was easy, fun and fast.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Holiday Ornaments

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

We got hit with a surprise snowstorm and over a week of freezing temperatures that are decidedly atypical for our area, which means I’ve spent most of the past week either shoveling snow or stuck inside accutane for acne finishing up my holiday cards. So, just for fun, I decided to try making these paper holiday ornaments.

I found two tutorials and, with some playing around, made my ornaments just a bit different from those. I didn’t use sequins, but I did make some round paper circles to cover where the paper strips come together at the top and bottom. I also used a corner rounder on the corners. It did look great, but it took a lot more time.

Here are two tutorials I found of different variations of this ornament:
First Tutorial – YouTube video tutorial by Mark Montano
Second Tutorial – Text and photo tutorial by Stephanie Lynn

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament made with paste paper and gold paper

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament with rounded corners

Paper Holiday Ornaments

Paper Holiday Ornaments

This was quite fun, and wouldn’t take very long if I hadn’t taken the time to round all the corners.

Enjoy, Candy

 

 

My Inspiration

I love the brush stroke in the glaze of this little ceramic dish.

I love the brush stroke in the glaze of this little ceramic dish.

Every day this month I’m posting, on my facebook  page, a photo of something that inspires me. Here are a few of the photos I’ve shared so far this month.

I love color. This is how I am now storing my embroidery thread I use for many of my paper projects.

I love color! This is how I store my embroidery thread I use for many of my paper projects.

Paper bag given to me by a friend.

Paper bag given to me by a friend.

 

Leaves have left their imprint on the sidewalk.

Leaves have left their imprint on the sidewalk.

It will be interesting to see how my inspirations turn into paper art.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Covered Bracelets

Four bracelets covered in paper in various sizes from small to extra large.

Four bracelets covered in paper in various sizes from small to extra large.

To make these bracelets I purchased unfinished wood bracelets at my local Art Supply store. I tore light weight papers into strips and covered the wood using acrylic matte medium for both the “glue” and the finish. It was easy and a lot of fun.

My project started with unfinished wood bracelets.

My project started with unfinished wood bracelets.

 

My supplies: unfinished wood bracelet, torn music paper, acrylic matte medium and my brush.

My supplies: unfinished wood bracelet, torn music paper, acrylic matte medium and my brush.

 

One of my finished torn paper covered bracelets.

One of my finished torn paper covered bracelets.

 

Another torn paper covered bracelet.

Another torn paper covered bracelet.

I think I like the plain bracelets best. The one above is okay, but I like the smooth bracelets because I think they show off the paper better.

Enjoy, Candy