Monthly Archives: February 2016

Making Time For Art

Sometimes life gets in the way of making art. That’s where I’ve been for the past few weeks. Now I’m looking for ways to sneak in small periods of making art into my hectic schedule.

For my new "No Expectations Journal" I used my new favorite paper paper pad from Rhodia. It takes my inks with little or no bleeding.

For my new “No Expectations Journal” I used my new favorite paper paper pad from Rhodia. It takes my inks with little or no bleeding.

I’m helping my dad downsize and move. My studio at the Ashland Art Center had to be dismantled and temporarily moved while new carpeting was installed on the entire second floor. And then there was painting prior to the carpet being removed. Then there was the lighting that needed to be replaced with new track lighting.

Needless to say, I have not had much time to be in my home studio. I’m not sure I even know where it is any more. I come home exhausted and crawl into bed. I need to do art in order to recharge my batteries, but I’ve been too tired at the end of the day.

Today, however, I carved out an entire hour to claim as my own. I think that is why I have been much more productive today. It’s amazing. I need to remind myself that by giving myself time to do my art, I can accomplish much more in the non-art time of my day.

I also started a new journal called my “No Expectations Journal.” I have it sitting by my bed. Now, instead of checking my email and such, I take a half hour or so before retiring each night and just do something in my journal with no expectations for it to be any good at all. It’s lifted a weight off my shoulders. I can do art and not try for any sort of perfection. I love it!

I’d love to hear from you as to how you make time to do art when your days become increasingly busy.

Here’s to creating time for creating, Candy

Playing In Paula’s Sandbox

In December, I got an invitation from Paula Krieg of Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works to participate in a collaborative project where different artists would color parts of a 12 fold geometric star. See: Invitation to My Sandbox.

My tile of scanned paste papers for Paula's star.

My tile of scanned paste papers for Paula’s 12 fold geometric star.

Paula sent each of the participants a “tile” to color. After I returned my first tile, Paula asked if I would complete a second one. The first I colored in the traditional manner with pens and paints. The second one, I used the computer and scanned images of my paste papers. Both were fun in different ways.

One of the two 12 fold geometric stars from Paula's collaborative project.

One of the two 12 fold geometric stars from Paula’s collaborative project.

And 2 days ago I got to see the final results. I love how they turned out. Paula had a total of 57 artists make tiles for her 2 stars.

My first painting for Paula's collaborative 12 fold geometric star project.

My first painting for Paula’s collaborative 12 fold geometric star project. I used irridiscent paints, but they didn’t scan as such.

My two tiles, which were number 10 and number 13 are both in the first star.

One of the two 12 fold geometric stars from Paula's collaborative project.

One of the two 12 fold geometric stars from Paula’s collaborative project.

I really enjoyed playing in Paula’s sandbox. I hope she will do more collaborative projects in the future. Check out her blog: Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Ink Jet Magnet Sheets

I have not been working in my studio this past week. Instead, I’ve been helping my dad downsize. While there have been difficult decisions to make, I’ve also come across lots of wonderful memories in the process.

I was able to print out 28 of the bird designs on each magnet sheet.

I was able to print out 28 of the bird designs on each magnet sheet.

One of those memories was finding a magnet I made with one of my mom’s Chinese brush painting birds on it. I made hundreds of these little magnets to give away to everyone who attended my mother’s exhibit of her Chinese brush paintings. I scanned the image of a bird she had painted and printed 28 images per page of it on an 8.5″ by 11″  ink jet magnet sheet. I then cut them out carefully with a craft knife.

I was able to print 28 of these little magnets out of a single 8.5" by 11" sheet.

I was able to print 28 of these little magnets out of a single 8.5″ by 11″ sheet.

It was my mom’s first showing of her work. She considered herself a student, not an artist. However, the show was a success and she received lots of positive feedback from those who saw the show. Even now, over 10 years later, friends still comment on how they still have and treasure the little bird magnet.

These sheets of magnet paper are fairly thin and easy to cut. They are great for refrigerator decorations, school lockers and metal doors. I’m sure there are lots more creative uses for these sheets than I’ve not thought of.

Enjoy, Candy

Looking Back At My Paper Art

My word for the week is moving, lots and lots of moving. The Art Center is recarpeting the entire 2nd floor, so I’ve had to completely empty my studio. I’m also helping my dad to move and downsize. And in the process, I’m finding art I made years ago. My parents saved lots of my art.

Calligraphy piece I did a number of years ago, titled Seasons.

Calligraphy piece I did a number of years ago, titled Seasons.

While I don’t enjoy having to go through and make decisions about all sorts of things, I absolutely love it when I run across something I made years ago. Memories flood back and make me smile. And Seasons (above) is a perfect example of that.

My very first attempt at drawing in Photoshop.

My very first attempt at drawing in Photoshop.

My first attempt at drawing in Photoshop (above) was the view out out of the bay window in my living room. My couch actually had beige stripes on it, but thought the stripes distracted from the rest of the picture. So I used a little artistic license and changed it. I find I still like the drawing.

I learned to make paper weaving from a workshop I took from Helen Hiebert.

I learned to make paper weaving from a workshop I took from Helen Hiebert.

A few years ago, I took a workshop from paper artist, Helen Hiebert. This paper weaving is something she taught me in the workshop. I had finished with my projects, but the others were still working on theirs. Helen then showed me how to make paper weavings. Great teacher! I love having found this. Now maybe I will make some more paper weavings.

Memory day box I made for a honeymoon.

Memory day box I made for a honeymoon.

This box has a sea shell design in the top that can be seen when it’s closed (not shown here). There is a plexiglass cover when it’s open (above photo). The newlywed couple collected small memories each of the 6 days of their honeymoon on the Oregon Coast and placed each day’s memories in one of the six compartments. I came across this photo in my sorting.

Hot pink and pale lavender heart garland.

Hot pink and pale pink heart garland.

I no longer have this heart garland, but I ran across this photo (above). It brought back lovely memories.

Triangle box made from marbled paper.

Triangle box made from marbled paper.

I learned to make marbled paper years ago. I no longer make marbled paper as I just love making paste papers. There’s only so many hours in a day and I have to make tough choices as to what to do in those hours. This marbled paper was one of my favorite papers, so I scanned the original and now I can make paper art using the scanned marbled paper image.

This is a wedding invitation I made for a friend's wedding.

This is a wedding invitation I made for a friend’s wedding.

I made the above wedding invitation for Joan and Dwayne’s wedding. I managed to hand feed (very carefully) the handmade paper through my printer. I tore the paper to make the deckled edges. Beads hang from the thread that I used to sew the inside page to the cover. The finished invitation looks like a little book.

Two samples of my brush lettering from a number of years ago.

Two samples of my brush lettering from a number of years ago.

I came across the two printed examples of my brush lettering from a number of years ago (above photo). The stationary is printed in foil. It’s a shiny teal foil. The catalog is from when SOU was Southern Oregon State College. I was asked to letter the summer session catalog.

It’s been fun to look at these pieces from my past. Memories flood back.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Mice

I made these Hershey Kisses Mice last year for Valentine’s Day. They were very a big hit, especially when I gave out over 150 of them to friends and acquaintances during Valentine’s Day dinner.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper. Perfect favors for Valentine’s Day.

The following quote about chocolate is dedicated to my friend, Sophia.

Chocolate comes from cocoa
which comes out of a tree.
That makes it a plant,
Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
The end.

Now for the instructions for making your salad.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Steps to making your mice (the numbers below refer to the numbers in the above photo):

1. Get 2 Hershey’s Kisses. I got a package or red, pink and silver kisses and another package of gold kisses.

2. Remove the printed paper message from the kisses.

3. Glue googly eyes on one of the kisses. I suggest using a liquid glue for this step.

4. Cut a 4″ length of bakers twine, put a knot in one end and insert the unknotted end into one of the kisses where you removed the message paper.

5. To make the ears, cut out 2 ovals out of brown paper and two smaller ovals out of pink paper.

6. Glue the pink ovals on the brown ovals. I suggest using stick glue for this step.

7. Glue the paper ears on the kiss with the googly eyes. I suggest a liquid glue for this step.

8. After the glue on the paper ears has dried, glue the two kisses together. I suggest a liquid glue for this step. Hold the two kisses together for a little bit to make sure the glue adheres well. Your mouse is now finished.

Two chocolate kisses mice.

Two mice made from chocolate kisses.

I realize that the ears are the only part of these mice that are made from paper. But, they’re so cute, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey's kisses.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey’s kisses.

I have a friend who said she couldn’t manage to make them with her nephew because he kept eating the kisses before they could be made into mice.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine's Day colors too.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine’s Day colors too.

I put the mice on the tables as Valentine’s Day table decorations. They really made the tables look festive.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine's Day.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to make extra mice because you’re sure to get requests for more.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

Happy chocolate, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Calligraphy Name Tags

After I showed photos of last week’s Valentine Place Cards, I was asked to make some name tags using a similar style. These are for an upcoming event where everyone knows Kathy, but hasn’t met Kathy’s family.

These are the calligraphy name tags I made for Kathy and her family.

These are the calligraphy name tags I made for Kathy and her family.

I loved the idea of making the name tags color coordinated for Kathy’s sister and brother-in-law.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's dad, Bill.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s dad, Bill.

Favorite colors were considered when deciding on which colors to use for each name. Bill likes blue and turquoise.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's mom, Judi.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s mom, Judi.

Judy leans towards favoring colors in the red to burgundy range.

Name tag for Kathy. Since all her friends know her already, nothing else is necessary on her calligraphy name tag.

Name tag for Kathy. Since all her friends know her already, nothing else is necessary on her calligraphy name tag.

This is such a sweet idea to introduce family members. I hope others will take this idea and use it.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's sister, Michelle.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s sister, Michelle.

I can’t take the credit for this idea. I just did the calligraphy for it.

Calligraphy name tag fot Kathy's brother-in-law, Tony.

Calligraphy name tag fot Kathy’s brother-in-law, Tony.

I also did a demonstration of this lettering during the First Friday Art Walk. In addition to embellishing my calligraphy, I also did the same thing with names I printed out on the computer. I printed the names in Ariel Bold in fairly light colors and embellished them just like they were calligraphy. This is a great alternative to those of you who don’t do calligraphy, but like the look of this lettering.

Calligraphy name tags for Kathy and her family.

Calligraphy name tags for Kathy and her family.

I hope this inspires you to try something like this.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

After designing my square Valentine’s Day card, I decided to make a square envelope to go with it. I wanted an easy envelope, but one with a little extra pizzaz. So here’s my square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My valentine cards are 4 inches square. By trial and error, I found that a 6 inch square made the perfect size for my card to fit in.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

I started with a 6″ square piece of paper. On the inside of the paper I drew pencil lines (from corner to corner) to find the center of the paper. I folded each of the corners of the square to the center of the paper (see photo above).

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

To make the interlocking hearts, I cut hearts out of gold card stock and slightly smaller hearts out of paste paper. Most any colored or decorated papers will work. I glued the gold hearts to the corners of the envelope. I glued so that the corner of the envelope just peeked out of the “v” of the heart.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next I glued the slightly smaller paste paper hearts on the gold hearts. This was the first time I used Zig 2-Way Glue. It was like using liquid glue in a ball point pen. I liked the ability to be very accurate with the glue. For those of us who are usually messy with glue, this looks to be a great alternative.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

These envelopes cannot be sent through the mail. The ones that I need to mail will have to be put into a larger envelope. That’s okay as I think these envelopes are too lovely to be spoiled by postal cancellations.

Close up of square envelope with heart closure.

Close up of square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

The envelopes can be made in different sizes, as long as they are squares. A 7.5″ square creates an envelope that’s perfect for a 5″ square card. Experiment with different sizes of envelopes and hearts. Have fun!

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Scrapbook papers would make for great envelopes, hearts for the envelopes and cards too.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine card as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine cards as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

Play with this envelope and see just how creative you can get.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards

As an incentive to practice my calligraphy, I took an online class last month from Martha Lever called CalligraFun. I have done brush lettering for years, and this class was a lot of playing with brush calligraphy and embellishments. So this past week I played around with different ideas for place cards for our brunch on Valentine’s Day.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine's Day Brunch together.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine’s Day Brunch together.

A group of seven to nine friends and family have Sunday Brunch together each Sunday. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so I decided it would be fun to make Valentine Place Cards for our table.

Some of my practice lettering.

Some of my practice lettering for Valentine Place Cards.

It has been so much fun trying out new ideas for lettering names. I used the brushes and pens I had on hand, but now am going to go out and buy a few more colors.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Different pens and different papers give different results. I have decided that I will use watercolor paper for my final place cards.

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

 

It’s been a special week full of birthdays and calligraphy. I loved it!!!

Happy lettering, Candy