Monthly Archives: November 2015

Studio Snapshot – Thank You Boxes With Dagoba Chocolate

This past week I have been recovering from organizing our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Sale. As the coordinator, I was in charge of 40+ artists and 50+ volunteers. I’ve been working on this for the past 9 months. It was tremendously successful in raising money for our Community Art Fund.

Five Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

Five of the nine Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

It was a lot of work, and I was lucky to have lots of dedicated helpers. So, I decided to make little boxes and put a Dagoba Tasting Square inside each one. Plus I made a little thank you insert with a heart on it.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

Thank you to Sheli, Richard, Gayle, Paul, Jean, Margie, Shari, Susie and Bill. You were my wonderful volunteer support staff. The box is my Clover Fold Box. You can download the template to make your own.

Clover-Fold box template
DIY Clover Fold Box Blog Post

Enjoy, Candy

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper art with so many people, many of whom I will never meet. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

A collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.

A collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.

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.

Love and blessings to all, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Printing My Own Greeting Cards

This past week I worked on replenishing my stock of greeting cards. I print, cut, fold and package my own greeting cards. I combine my calligraphy with either my paste papers or marbling or watercolors to create my cards.

Three of my greeting cards.

Three of my greeting cards.

I scan both my calligraphy and my painting and combine them in Photoshop. I then print them on my Epson 3000 printer which uses archival ink. I print my cards on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, score and fold the paper, then cut it to 5″ by 7″ with my trusty Olfa hand cutter.

I print my cards on letter sized card stock. Here are a few of the ones I printed this week.

I print my cards on letter sized card stock. Here are a few of the ones I printed this week.

It is somewhat labor intensive, but it allows me to make just the amount of cards I want. I only sell my cards in my own studio, so this works for me.

Framable calligraphy card - the heart never gets wrinkles

Framable calligraphy card – the heart never gets wrinkles

My cards are designed so that they look great when put in a 5″ by 7″ mat or frame. That’s why I call them Framables.

Enjoy, Candy

Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I stopped by 23 Sandy Gallery to see their latest exhibit, Blood Quantum, a book art exhibit about ancestry, identity and our personal cultural narrative. It’s a wonderful exhibit and will be on view through December 19.

Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery

Blood Quantum is a concept that refers to the degree of ancestry for an individual of a specific racial or ethnic group such as Native Americans. This concept leads to thinking about ancestry, identity, heritage, family history and personal cultural narrative.

you are with me by Jihae Kwon

you are with me by Jihae Kwon

Artist books, as multi-surfaced and textural objects, are a perfect medium to explore such complex and powerful topics. Artists responded to our call with deeply felt, thoughtful works—at once celebration, remembrance and reflection.

Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon

Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon

Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian and curator of the artists’ book collection in the UCLA Arts Library helped with the jurying of this exhibit.

Riddle One by Anita Bigelow

Riddle One by Anita Bigelow

As Robert Gore said in his juror statement: “To name a few places, in the course of this show you will travel with the artists to Latin America, Russia, France, Poland, Hawaii, China, Chile, Tennessee, Appalachia, Canada, India, South Korea, Virginia, Norway, Mexico, and the Cherokee, Nuxalk, and Oneida Nations.”

Ancestral Pos by Hidde Van Duym

Ancestral Pods by Hidde Van Duym

I loved this exhibit. I hope you have a chance to see it. If not, you can see more on 23 Sandy Gallery’s website.

Enjoy, Candy

My Favorite Place To Buy Paper: The University of Oregon Bookstore

The University of Oregon Bookstore has the best selection of decorative papers I have ever seen. And luckily, it’s about half way between my home and Portland, Oregon, which I visit multiple times a year.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

I try to time my trips to or from Portland so that I pass through Eugene when the University of Oregon Bookstore is open. This past week. I made sure I left Portland early enough to have a couple of hours to browse through papers in the Bookstore, a trip of about 300 miles.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

On this latest trip, I looked through the 6 huge binders which contain samples of decorated papers, each sample in a plastic sleeve. I managed to get out the door with a mere 21 sheets of paper this time. If you love paper and are in Eugene, you’ll love visiting the basement of the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

I found some shimmery paper that I think would make great holiday garlands. Look for them to appear in an upcoming blog post.

Enjoy, Candy

Good People Artist Book by Camille Riner

If you enjoy either miniature books or artist books, you should check out the books made by Camille Riner. I made her Tiny Winter Walk Book from a digital file earlier this year and wrote about it on this blog. Now she has come out with a new book, Good People.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out and proof the file for her new book, Good People. This is a colorful, two sided nesting accordion book.

The first step was to print out the covers and pages for the text.

The first step was to print, then cut out the covers and pages for the text.

Following Camille’s written instructions with lots of illustrations, I came up with two accordion folded sections which are nested and glued together to make a wonderful little book.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven't been attached yet.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven’t been attached yet.

I had never made this type of accordion book before. I enjoyed making the book. Camille’s instructions and illustrations made it a breeze. It looks more complicated to make than it really is.

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Camille has designed and made a number of delightful little artist books. I encourage you to check out her website: CamilleRiner.com.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Camille’s work, just click on “shop” from her website.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

I will include a link to where you can purchase the downloadable book once it is available. NOTE: This book is now available as an instant download from Camille’s Etsy shop –  Good People Downloadable Book.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Folded Paper Jewelry

This past week I’ve been working on different colors and designs for folded paper necklaces with matching earrings. I’ve come up with 5 designs that I like.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Peacock."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Peacock.”

I made these folded paper necklaces and earrings are for our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale which takes place on November 21.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Cotton Candy."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Cotton Candy.”

I got the idea for this folded paper jewelry from the Earth Spirit Vessels I’ve been making. It took me a while to find colorful fade resistant paper that I could use to make this jewelry. I love what I found!

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Limeade."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade.”

I had a lot of fun naming my jewelry. I wanted names that were descriptive of the colors I used to make them. I came up with Peacock, Cotton Candy, Limeade, Fire and Alabaster.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Fire."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Fire.”

A friend of mine says that I should market these pieces as Travel Jewelry. They are beautiful and unique, yet are inexpensive and could be easily replace if lost or stolen.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Alabaster."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Alabaster.”

Enjoy, Candy

Book Review – Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting

Periodically I get asked to either teach calligraphy or recommend a book for learning calligraphy. My answer to both requests is to recommend Italic Calligraphy by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty.

Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty is my number one recommendation for anyone wanting to learn italic calligraphy.

Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty is my number one recommendation for anyone wanting to learn italic calligraphy.

First, I must say that I feel that italic calligraphy is the most versatile of all alphabets. It can be written friendly or formal. It can be written plain or highly flourished. It can even be written with a ball point pen (called monoline italic). If I had a favorite alphabet, it would be italic because of its versatility.

This is an envelope I sent to Jean Wilson. If you are interested in mail art, check out Jeans blog pushingtheenvelopes.

A very free italic written on an envelope.

So, when my friend, Anna, came to me and asked for a recommendation for a calligraphy class or book, I heartily recommended Italic Calligraphy. I think italic is the best alphabet to start learning calligraphy. And the presentation by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty in this book makes learning italic so much easier than any other book I have ever seen.

This is a simple italic of mine without many flourishes on a watercolor background.

This is a simple italic of mine without many flourishes on a watercolor background.

The book starts with writing monoline italic, thats just a fancy name for writing with a ball point pen or a pencil. It’s so non-threatening. You get to learn the letter shapes before having to concern yourself with an edged pen and trying to hold the pen at a 45 degree angle and writing at a slight slant.

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I like to combine italic calligraphy with other alphabets. Here the “war” is written with a pointed brush and the text is written in a simple italic.

It’s the perfect book for someone learning calligraphy on their own. When I last taught italic calligraphy, this was the book I used. I can’t say enough positive things about this book. It’s so rich with information.

Another example of combining italic calligraphy with pointed brush calligraphy

Another example of my combining italic calligraphy with pointed brush calligraphy

While the book suggests you write in it, please don’t. You will get so much more out of the book if you can repeat pages as you practice. So, I suggest you get some quality writing paper and take that to your local copy shop and copy the pages you want to practice onto that paper. One such quality paper is Gilbert bond. Any paper that works with your pen and gives you crisp lines is fine. What you don’t want is a cheap paper where your ink bleeds.

Another example of my italic calligraphy.

Another example of my italic calligraphy.

Write on, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers

A couple of weeks ago, the Rogue Gallery requested some of my Paper Lotus Flowers in holiday colors. So I went to my stash of papers, which seems to have grown in numerous locations in my house, and found a number which I thought were appropriate colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

So, this past week was full of making lots and lots of Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers. In addition to the Rogue Gallery, I needed to make some for my studio at the Ashland Art Center and for our neighborhood Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Sale.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

I still have a few more dozen Lotus Flowers finish, so I’ll continue to make more this week. I just love how different the papers look once they are made into Paper Lotus Flowers. It’s not always easy to predict which ones will make a fantastic Lotus flower once cut and folded.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors (the one on the right reminds me of a stained glass window).

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers

I really enjoyed playing with so many different lovely papers this past week.

Enjoy, Candy