Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sneak Peek – Earth Spirit Vessels

This Earth Spirit Vessel is made from nearly 300 individually folded pieces of paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel is made from nearly 300 individually folded pieces of paper.

Here is a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on recently: Earth Spirit Vessels.

Recently, in this case, translates to ‘roughly the past year’. And it’s been a year of ups and downs—looking for the right papers, figuring out how to finish the bottoms (wood base it turns out, which meant finding the right wood) and more. Fun, but a very involved process.

Here is one of the 25 individually calligraphed messages that are in the above Earth Spirit Vessel.

Here is one of the 25 individually calligraphed messages that are in the above Earth Spirit Vessel.

Each vessel is made from literally hundreds of folded pieces of paper. I have handwritten or calligraphed messages and quotes on many of the papers before folding them, and they will never be seen after the Earth Spirit Vessel has been made.

It’s been an adventure. I’ve also done some playing around with the folded pieces, and another time I’ll show you some of the other things I can make from them besides vessels. You’d be amazed at their versatility.

I ‘ll post more about these vessels later, but I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on when I’m not making new art to post on my blog.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Truffle Box – with Template

This Truffle Box (named because my friends said it was perfect for a single truffle) was made from one of my scanned paste papers.

This Truffle Box (named because my friends said it was perfect for a single truffle) was made from one of my scanned paste papers.

My friend, Nancy, introduced me to this cute little box years ago. She showed me how to make it by using an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of paper and drawing all the lines in with a pencil and ruler.  And even though that’s how I have been making this little box for years, when I decided to share it on my blog, I figured it would be easier if I made a template you could download.

For this Truffle Box I used watercolor on printmaking paper. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded wire ribbon through it and scrunched the ribbon to look like a bow.

For this Truffle Box I used watercolor on printmaking paper. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded wire ribbon through it and scrunched the ribbon to look like a bow.

I painted, using a roller, on the piece of paper I used to make this Truffle Box.

I painted, using a roller, on the piece of paper I used to make this Truffle Box.

This is a speckled piece of card stock. Even a fairly plain piece of paper can make a lovely Truffle Box.

This is a speckled piece of card stock. Even a fairly plain piece of paper can make a lovely Truffle Box. Note that I used a corner rounder on the front flap of this box.

This Truffle Box was made with one of my paste papers. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

This Truffle Box was made with one of my paste papers. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

In this photo I show how you fold the box. It can be a little difficult to understand how to fold the box the first time around, so I hope this helps.

In this photo I show how you fold the box. It can be a little difficult to understand how to fold the box the first time around, so I hope this helps.

If you’re like my friends, you probably think that the best thing to put in boxes is chocolate. This box is no exception. My friends named it a Truffle Box for  it’s sheer perfection in holding a delicate truffle. I’m not at entirely certain that all the Truffle Boxes made it to their intended recipients, though.

This Truffle Box works best if you use card stock. It can be made with a heavy text paper, but could need a reinforcing square in the bottom of the box.

It's easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

It’s easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

Click here to download the Truffle Box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Hearts I’ve Shared on Facebook

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

On my Facebook page, I have been sharing a photo every day on a particular topic (one topic per month). January was Hearts and February is Red. Yes, a little bit of an overlap for hearts and red. I just love hearts. So here are some of my favorite Heart photos.

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Covered Pencils

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn't include a heart.

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn’t include a heart.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

 

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files for some mail art envelopes for a blog post I am working on, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy only a couple years earlier and this was one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy a short time before she did this. It is one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed "Love Ya" in red with a stencil font.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed “Love Ya” in red with a stencil font.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

Just to let you know, March will be Tools (as in the tools I use to make my art) and April will be A-Word-A-Day and May will be Flowers. Feel free to offer suggestions for future topics for months to come.

You can join in, too. Post your own Red photos on Facebook in February and tag them #MyFebruaryChallenge #Red #MyPaperArts.

See more at www.facebook.com/mypaperarts

Happy Valentine’s Day, Candy

DIY Crown Jewel Heart Box – Template included

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from a piece of decorated paper that was red on one side and had a wonderful print on the other.

I named this the Crown Jewel Heart Box  because the shape reminds me of the Crown Jewels. The above box is made out of light weight card stock. 

I discovered a puffy little box and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve modified the box a bit and turned it into what I call a Crown Jewel Heart Box. I even made a template that you can download, so it’s very easy to make these cute little boxes yourself.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock that was sprayed with some purple ink. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock. I sprayed purple ink on one side of the paper. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box looks lovely even when made in just red text paper.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box looks lovely, even when made in just red text paper.

I named this box the Crown Jewel Heart Box because the shape reminded me of the Crown Jewels.

Solid red or print, the Crown Jewel Heart Box looks great. The print papers I used to make the boxes above are both light weight card stock.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box in red, hot pink and purple text weight papers. Card stock or text weight papers work for this box.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box in red, hot pink and purple text weight papers. Card stock or text weight papers work for this box.

Print the template out on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut along the solid lines. Fold along the dashed lines. Then slip the two halves of the hearts through the slits and open the heart. You can either crease the heart halves or push them open gently for a softer look.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box works with either text weight or cover weight paper. Click here to download the Crown Jewel Heart Box template.

Enjoy, Candy