Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 24, 2014

This past week I have been busy covering pencils with paper. I started making these last year as stocking stuffers. They were a great hit, especially the ones I wrapped in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle from our local news paper.

I guess there are a lot of people who do crossword puzzles because these have been my most sought after of my paper wrapped pencils.

I guess there are a lot of people who do crossword puzzles because these have been my most sought after of my paper wrapped pencils.

These are eco-friendly as I use up paper scraps from other paper projects and I use the most eco-friendly pencils I can find. The pencils claim to be an “environmentally friendly pencil” whose wood is from well managed forests. In addition, the pencils are not painted.

These pencils were wrapped in Japanese paper.

These pencils were wrapped in Japanese paper.

I love making my own gifts. I made a bunch of these last year and I have been asked it I would be making them again this year (please!). So, I’m back at my drafting table making more. I love it when I hit on a handmade gift my family and friends really enjoy.

Paper wrapped pencils with music scores have also been very popular.

Paper wrapped pencils with music scores have also been very popular.

I have instructions for making these on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils

And I have more photos on my blog post: More Paper Wrapped Pencils

Enjoy, Candy

The Papier Mâché Project

2014 Papier Mache Project 7

2014 Papier Mache Project 2Every once in a while I get an urge to write a fairy tale based on reality. I have written a number of them over the years. It’s not something I set out to do, it’s just an idea that pops into my head and I write it down. You will understand what I mean by a fairy tale based on reality after reading the one I’m sharing with you today.

Once upon a time there lived Mother Artist, Stepfather Artist, Mother Artist’s two sons, and an Evil Art Professor. One assignment from the Evil Art Professor seemed simple enough: papier mâché something in one class period. Mother Artist knew the Evil Art Professor would make the assignment last a week or two, so she decided to foil the Evil Art Professor.

2014 Papier Mache Project 3Mother Artist decided to find something that could be papier mâchéd for one class only. Later that day her eyes fell on Stepfather Artist and her two Sons. Stepfather Artist was too big. It would take too long to papier mâché him, besides he had to go to work. Little Son was too fidgety. He couldn’t stay still long enough to be papier mâchéd. But Older Son was just right.

Mother Artist took Older Son to Art Class the next day, which he didn’t mind because it let him miss school. Mother Artist began by having Older Son dress in shorts. Then Mother Artist coated Older Son in Vaseline to make sure the papier mâché wouldn’t stick to him. Older Son then had to put on Long Johns to protect himself even more.

2014 Papier Mache Project 4Mother Artist began to papier mâché Older Son with newspapers. Mother Artist soon finished Older Son’s legs and torso. Now he couldn’t stand up. It was a good thing Older Son didn’t have to go to the bathroom.

Mother Artist then started on Older Son’s arms. Soon all that was left was Older Son’s head.

After completing Older Son’s neck and the top of his head, Mother Artist started on the finishing touch; Maps! Mother Artist covered the papier mâchéd Older Son with some of Stepfather Artist’s old maps.

2014 Papier Mache Project 5But Older Son was willing to undergo torture for Mother Artist. He said, “Don’t stop Mother Artist! I will allow you to finish papier mâchéing my head so that the Evil Art Professor can’t find anything wrong with your assignment.” And so Mother Artist papier mâchéd Older Son’s face.

As a finishing touch, Mother Artist put on a map heart from San Francisco,  and soon it was just right.

Older Son got his reward. He got to miss school while he was being papier mâchéd. While he was cleaning up, Mother Artist had the pictures she had taken of him developed at a One Hour Photo Shop. When Older Son got back to School, he got to show all his classmates how he helped foil the Evil Art Professor’s plan to keep Mother Artist working in class for the next week or two!

2014 Papier Mache ProjectAnd Mother Artist got her reward too. The Evil Art Professor had no choice but to give her an A, and she had the next week and a half off  while her classmates were stuck working for the Evil Art Professor.

And for some reason, Older Son never volunteered to help Mother Artist on her art projects ever again.

The End

 

2014 Papier Mache Project 6I made this little fairy tale into a book and gave a copy to “Older Son.”

Maybe this will inspire you to write fairy tales based on reality. It’s fun. Why not give it a try?

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 17, 2014

I am still working on my Earth Spirit Vessel custom order for a friend. As I have said before, this is the largest vessel I’ve made to date. I am now working on the burl wood base for the vessel. I need to make sure the bottom is round and stable before I finish the top couple of rows.

The bandsaw is stopped here as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

The band saw is stopped as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

Luckily I have the use of a wonderful wood shop in which to work. I haven’t mastered the use of all the tools that are available, but I do know how to use the ones that are required to make the bottom of my vessels.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. They were nice enough to cut some great looking burl wood into slabs for me.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

Next, I want to make sure the circle is round and the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it's all the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it’s all the same thickness.

I now have put the circle into the center of my vessel. It’s pretty stable and round, so I can now finish putting on the top couple of rows of folded paper.

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I will be adding one more piece of burl wood which will extend over the first row of folded paper.

I name all my vessels and this vessel now has its name, Broken Wing. It’s in memory of a goose that lived at the pond of the future home of this vessel.

To see more of my building the vessel: Studio Snapshot of the starting of Earth Spirit Vessel Broken Wing.

Enjoy, Candy

Remembering Maya Angelou Calligraphy Exhibit by Sally Penley in Olympia, Washington

Last Saturday I was in Portland and decided to drive up to Olympia, Washington to see Sally Penley’s calligraphy exhibit Remembering Maya Angelou, Windows to her Wisdom. This is Sally’s tribute to an amazing and inspirational woman.

The exhibit will be up through November 30, 2014.

The exhibit will be up through November 30, 2014.

I’ve known Sally for years. She’s an amazing calligrapher as you can see from the photos below. I love Sally’s work and have one of her pieces in my home.

Words On What's Inside

On what’s inside . . .

Sally painted the backgrounds, then calligraphed the quotes. She then mounted most of the quotes in repurposed window frames, or mullions.

Close up showing an individual window frame.

Close up showing an individual frame.

Sally’s show is at The Loft Gallery, on the second floor at Buck’s 5th Avenue, 509 5th Avenue SE, Olympia Washington. It’s up through the month of November, 2014.

On love . . .

On love . . .

I saw some of Sally’s photos of her work before I went to see her show. All I can say it that seeing all the work in a single room is so much more powerful than seeing photos of her show. If you possibly can, I urge anyone who can visit this show to do so. It is so inspiring.

On diversity . . .

On diversity . . .

This is truly an inspiring tribute to one incredible woman. Thank you, Sally for creating such a memorable and moving exhibit.

I've learned . . .

I’ve learned . . .

I was at a calligraphy retreat with Sally this past summer and was privileged to watch as she started making the backgrounds for these pieces. Sally made paste paper in quite a different way than I do. I love that there are so many different ways to use the same medium. A friend once told to me, “if you’re not careful, you’ll learn something new every day.” So true.

One of my favorite quotes from the exhibit.

One of my favorite quotes from the exhibit.

Sally has a website on Fine Art America where she has other calligraphy that she had made. Visit Sally Penley’s site here.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 10, 2014

Usually I work from the studio in my home. Sometimes I work at my studio in the Ashland Art Center. Occasionally, as this past week when I was traveling, I take my studio with me. So I thought I’d share what I took with me on my latest 4 day trip to Portland.

These are the art supplies I took with me on my latest trip. They fit nicely into a small bag.

These are the art supplies I took with me on my latest trip. They fit nicely into a small bag.

I traveled by car and stayed with a friend. I knew I’d have 2 to 3 hours a day available for art. I had to decide what would pack well and not make too much of a mess at my friend’s house or in my car.

I am just practicing here. When traveling I take my cartridge brush pen and my cartridge parallel pens.

I am just practicing here. When traveling I take my cartridge brush pen and my cartridge parallel pens.

I try and practice calligraphy daily. I don’t always manage to practice for as long as I would like, but I do try to do some calligraphy every day. For traveling, I like to take my cartridge parallel pens. With cartridges, they are not messy. I also like to take a cartridge Pentel brush pen. I don’t like to travel with dip pens and open jars of ink. I’ve had my fill of spilled ink and I certainly don’t want to have an accident while traveling.

Using a cutting mat on a clipboard, I am able to fold while riding as a passenger in the car. You can see the seat belt on the lower right hand of the photo. I am always looking for ways to sneak in a little more folding for my vessels.

Using a cutting mat on a clipboard, I was able to fold while riding as a passenger in the car. You can see the seat belt on the lower right hand of the photo. I am always looking for ways to sneak in a little more folding for my vessels.

Folding paper is an easy travel activity. It doesn’t take up much space and I can do it for either short or long periods of time. I just pack a clipboard, a cutting mat (I like the semi-soft surface for folding), the paper to fold and something to put the folded paper into once it has been folded.

I never know when I'm going to want to sketch something, someone, or some idea.

I never know when I’m going to want to sketch something, someone, or some idea.

I never know what I might spark my interest on a trip, so I like to always pack a sketchbook. Along with the sketchbook, for this trip I took regular and watercolor pencils. Sometimes I take a travel watercolor set.

Pencils, pen, watercolor pencils, and a pad to doodle on.

Pencils, pen, watercolor pencils, and a pad to doodle on.

Although not exactly a studio item, I always travel with a camera. My camera of choice while traveling is my iPod touch. It’s so small, it can go anywhere I go. I never know when I will see something to spark my imagination.

These are the supplies spread out at my friend's house in Portland. They really don't take up too much space.

These are the supplies spread out at my friend’s house in Portland. They really don’t take up too much space, but allow me to take a little of my studio with me.

What art supplies do you travel with?

Happy travels, Candy

 

 

DIY Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card

I’m not sure what to call this little envelope and card. It’s not something that can be sent in the mail, but it’s such a sweet little envelope and coordinating card. I demonstrated how to make these at the Calligraphers’ Guild meeting earlier this week. They were a great hit, so I thought I’d share them here.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

Start with a text weight paper that is 4 times as wide as it is tall. For the envelope above, I used a paper that was 4″ by 16″. For the envelope below I used a paper that was 2″ by 8″.

This is a piece of paste paper that I painted. The paper is 80# text weight Mohawk Superfine.

This is a piece of paste paper that I painted. The paper is 80# text weight Mohawk Superfine.

With text paper it is possible to fold either with or against the grain of the paper, however you will get the best results if you fold the paper with the grain. For information on paper grain and how to tell the direction of paper grain on a piece of paper, see my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.

Fold the paper in half as shown below.

The paste paper is now folded in half.

The paste paper is now folded in half.

Open the paper back up and fold the left side of the paper to the center fold.

The left side of the paper is folded to the center.

The left side of the paper is folded to the center.

Open up the paper and fold down the top left corner to the bottom of the closest vertical fold.

Why this photo came out black and white, I have no idea. But it's the only one I have that shows the diagonal fold.

Why this photo came out black and white, I have no idea. But it’s the only one I have that shows the diagonal fold.

Now fold the right side of the paper to the center fold.

The right side of the paper is now folded to the center fold.

The right side of the paper is now folded to the center fold.

Now fold a diagonal fold between the center and the fold you just created. See the photo below.

Fold the right side down on a diagonal as shown above.

Fold the right side down on a diagonal as shown above.

Now comes what seems to be a tricky part for people to understand. Look carefully at the photo below for help. Flip up the bottom of the paper below the diagonal fold you just made. You will end up only seeing the back of the paper once the fold is made. See the photo below.

The paper is now folded up so that you now only see the wrong side of the paper to the right of the center fold. See photo above.

The paper is folded up so that you now only see the wrong side of the paper to the right of the center fold in the photo above.

The right side of the paper is now folded over to the left so that you can now see the right side of the paper that you just folded up. You can also now see the diagonal fold that was folded before too.

When the right side of the paper is folded to the left, the diagonal fold and the previous fold up are now visible.

When the right side of the paper is folded to the left, the diagonal fold and the previous fold up are now visible.

The last step is to tuck the left flap behind the diagonal fold. Now the envelope is done.

Once the flap on the left is folded behind the diagonal fold, the envelope is done.

Once the flap on the left is folded behind the diagonal fold, the envelope is done.

 

The flap is now folded behind the diagonal. The envelope is finished.

The flap is now folded behind the diagonal. The envelope is finished.

Next cut a piece of paper to fit your square envelope. It should be twice as wide as it is tall. Then fold it in half to fit in the envelope.

I've chosen an orange paper for the envelope. It is folded in half and is ready to be decorated.

I’ve chosen an orange paper for the envelope. It is folded in half and is ready to be decorated.

I like to decorate the paper I use for the enclosure card. For this envelope, I thought an orange card would coordinate nicely. I saved some scraps to the paste paper and decided to use that along with some black and gold paper to create an interesting design on the front of the card.

Here the card has been decorated.

Here the card has been decorated.

 

The card is now in its matching envelope.

The card is now in its matching envelope.

Here are some photos of the folded envelopes and cards that some of the calligraphers were working on during my demonstration and mini workshop. I thought they would inspire you to think of new ways to make your own enclosure card and folded envelope.

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 16

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 17

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 18

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 19

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 20

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 21

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 22

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 23

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 24

I know Halloween has already past, but this could be something to work on for next year.

This would be great for a Halloween card.

This would be great for a Halloween card.

 

For this card I sewed a white insert inside and tied the threads on the outside.

For this card I sewed a white insert inside and tied the threads on the outside.

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 3, 2014

This past week I have been working on lids for two of my Earth Spirit Vessels. I sold Ocean Currents in July and have now been asked to make a lid for it. The same person who bought Ocean Currents is purchasing Forest Tapestry and I’m making a lid for it too. The lid for Forest Tapestry is a little easier because I have the vessel in front of me. Ocean Currents is on the east coast, so I’m just going by dimensions.

Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry with almost completed lid. I have a stone bead yet to attach for the center of the lid.

Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry with almost completed lid. I have a green stone bead yet to attach for the center of the lid.

 

Looking down on the almost completed lid for Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry.

Looking down on the almost completed lid for Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry.

 

Another view of Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, with its new lid.

Another view of Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, with its new lid.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper was sold in July and now I’m making a lid for it.

 

This is the lid I made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents. It will be shipped to the east coast later this week to join its vessel.

This is the lid I made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents. It will be shipped to the east coast later this week to join its vessel.

Enjoy, Candy

SACRED | PROFANE at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland

I am excited to announce that one of my Earth Spirit Vessels was accepted into SACRED | PROFANE, a juried exhibition of book and paper art focusing on religion and spirituality. at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show opens on November 7, 2014 and runs through December 20, 2014.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth is part of the exhibit SACRED | PROFANE at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth is part of the exhibit SACRED | PROFANE at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland.

I wrote a blog post last June about A Visit To 23 Sandy Gallery. That post includes photos from some of their previous exhibits. For SACRED | PROFANE they were looking for works that took a stand or crossed the line between the sacred and the profane, the dichotomy of often-polarizing points of view.

Looking down into Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth. The bottom is made from burl wood.

Looking down into Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth. The bottom is made from burl wood.

This exhibition features 57 works by 52 artists on topics such as ritual and ceremony, creation and evolution, myth and memory, heaven and earth, superstition and scholarship, sacred and secular, rites and symbols, traditional and modern, occult and omnipresence, agnostic and atheistic, west and east.

SACRED | PROFANE exhibit catalog.

SACRED | PROFANE exhibit catalog.

The exhibition was juried by Jim Carmin, who has directed the operations of the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library since 1998. A full online catalog for SACRED | PROFANE can be found at:
www.23sandy.com/works/sacredprofane

2014 Sacred-Profane 1

Exhibition Dates: November 7 to December 20, 2014
Artists Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Enjoy, Candy