Monthly Archives: March 2014

Paper Lotus Flowers

2014 Lotus Flower 1

 

During 2011, I made at least one paper Lotus Flower each day for the entire year. It was a very hectic year for me. Making a paper Lotus Flower requires a great deal of calm and patience. If I’m not in a peaceful state of mind, the paper will tear when I fold it. Making a Lotus Flower a day for the year ensured that I would have about an hour of peaceful meditative time every day. I came to look forward to it.

 

2014 Lotus Flower 2

 

Today, I still make paper Lotus Flowers and still enjoy the peace and tranquility that comes to me as I sit and fold my flower. I no longer make one a day, but I will still make time to make paper Lotus Flowers when the urge comes. It has become a form of meditation for me.

 

2014 Lotus Flower 3

 

I use a variety of papers to make my paper Lotus Flowers. The above Lotus Flower was made using a beautiful red and gold Japanese paper with white and black cranes and a textured gold paper.

 

2014 Lotus Flower 4

 

The above paper Lotus Flower was made from a piece of hand marbled paper I was given years ago. I knew it needed to be made into something special. It reminds me of the saying, “April Showers bring May Flowers.”

 

2014 Lotus Flower 5

 

I made this paper Lotus Flower for all my music loving family and friends. I had to buy lots of music paper and make lots of these because I know so very many music lovers.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Bunny Bookmarks Kids Can Make

This Bunny Bookmark is made out of a corner of an envelope that was headed to the recycle bin.

This Bunny Bookmark is made out of a corner of an envelope that was headed to the recycle bin.

These darling little bookmarks are made from the corners of envelopes. In my case, envelopes that would have otherwise ended up in my recycle bin. These bookmarks are super easy to make and a perfect craft project to do with children.

Here are two Bunny Bookmarks before they are put on the page of a book.

Here are two Bunny Bookmarks before they are put on the page of a book.

 

 

 

And this shows the back side of one of the Bunny Bookmarks with his little tail showing.

And this shows the back side of one of the Bunny Bookmarks with his little tail showing.

I found the idea on a blog post by A Thrifty Mom. She has instructions for her version there. I modified my bookmark to include a bunny tail, because you just can’t have a bunny without its fuzzy little tail. All you need to get started is an envelope, scissors, colored paper, glue (I used glue stick) and a marker or black pen.

Bunny Bookmark holding my place in my book.

Bunny Bookmark holding my place in my book.

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels

This Earth Spirit Vessel is titled, Awakening.

This Earth Spirit Vessel is titled Awakening. It contains 528 individually hand-folded pieces of paper. It now has a new home with some friends who collect art.

Each of my Earth Spirit Vessels is made from hundreds of pieces of hand-folded paper. Within 25 of the papers of each vessel are hand-calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to the Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these messages are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself.

Earth Spirit Vessel Chance Encounter, made from 530 pieces of hand folded paper, is now en route to Massachusetts to its new home.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Chance Encounter, made from 530 pieces of hand folded paper, is now en route to Cambridge, Massachusetts to its new home.

I include, with each vessel, a photo of the hand-calligraphed messages that are in that particular vessel.

These are the calligraphy quotes, prayers and inspirations that are folded within the Earth Spirit Vessel Chance Encounter

These are the calligraphy quotes, prayers and inspirations that are folded and included within the Earth Spirit Vessel Chance Encounter (above)

The paper I used for these three vessels is Hahnemühle Ingres. It is a mouldmade, high alpha sheet that is acid free and highly lightfast. That may seem highly technical, but what it all means is that it’s a beautiful archival paper that is not supposed to fade over time when exposed to light. It took me a while to find a paper that had all the qualities I wanted. It has a wonderful tooth and texture. I buy it in full sheets, 18 and 3/4″ by 24 and 3/4″ and cut it into the 2″ by 4″ pieces of paper that I fold 9 times to make the units that become my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Earth Spirit Vessel titled Wonder, contains 288 pieces of hand folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel titled Wonder, contains 288 pieces of hand folded paper.

Messages in some of the Earth Spirit Vessels.

Message – Healthy earth equals healthy inhabitants –

This type of folding is often referred to as Golden Venture origami or Chinese modular origami. It was made popular in 1993 when a group of illegal Chinese refugees arrived on the ship “Golden Venture.” They were held in an American prison while waiting for their immigration trials. While in prison they began making traditional Chinese folded models using materials such as magazine covers. These models were sold at charity fund raisers. The resulting media coverage of the refugees helped to popularize this type of folding worldwide.

Message - Nature does nothing uselessly - Aristotle

Message – Nature does nothing uselessly – Aristotle

Most of the Golden Venture origami I saw was of traditional forms like dragons, swans and boats. I have always loved baskets, boxes and other containers. I decided I wanted to see if I could use this form of folding to make vessels. At the same time, I started learning to play the Native American Flute. As I combined the meditative processes of playing the flute and folding the paper, I decided I wanted to incorporate the feeling of both together into vessels. This is how my Earth Spirit Vessels came into being.

This is my drafting table with one of my Earth Spirit vessels beginning to be formed.

This is my drafting table with one of my Earth Spirit vessels beginning to be formed.

I have a few Earth Spirit Vessels on display at the Hilltop Gallery in Ashland, Oregon. I am happy to say that I took them three vessels on Sunday and they sold two of them within just a few hours. I posted the photos  of the sold vessels on Facebook and received commissions for two more. It makes me very happy to find other people loving these vessels as I do. It takes me a week or more to make each vessel (I can only do so much folding a day), so guess what I will be doing for the next several weeks.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Boxes For Chocolate

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

The anticipatory tingling of my tastebuds is telling me that the 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is this weekend. There will be three days full of chocolate tastings, chef demos, competitions, chocolate workshops, even a chocolate-makers dinner. And it all kicks off with the First Friday Art & Chocolate Walk on Friday, March 7.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

I’ve teamed up with Dagoba Chocolate and will be offering free Dagoba Chocolate with the purchase of any handmade box at my studio during the Walk.

Wouldn't this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

Wouldn’t this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

After all, what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for chocolate? Whether to display the perfect truffle, give to the perfect person, or simply to haul your loot home in, boxes and chocolate go together like chocolate and strawberries, or chocolate and ice cream, or chocolate and peanut butter. Actually, is there anything chocolate doesn’t go with?

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine's Day.

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine’s Day.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will be a big hit.

 

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

I’ve put together an array of boxes (and their templates so you can make them yourself) that are perfect for giving to the chocolate lovers in your life. Just don’t forget to add the chocolate. I’ve shared these templates before on my blog, but now they’re all together in one place. And, while I’ve shared them before, the boxes are ones I’ve made just for this occasion.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Cube Heart Box Blog Post
Cube Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

2-Tone Box Blog Post
2-Toned Box small template

Happy Chocolate Loving, Candy