Monthly Archives: March 2016

DIY – Origami Photo Holders Made From Post-It Notes

I’m not sure what to call this. I actually made it to display various sized envelopes for my envelope demonstration for tomorrow’s First Friday Art Walk. I can see, however that this would be perfect for stand up photo display.

Those little corners holding the envelopes together are made from a folded Post-It Note.

Those little corners holding the envelopes together are each made from a folded Post-It Note.

It’s wonderful when something effortlessly comes together. It doesn’t happen too often, so maybe that’s why I feel so joyful when it does happen. And it happened yesterday as I was preparing for my envelope display and demonstration.

Close up of the those little corners holding the envelopes together which are made from a folded Post-It Note.

Close up of the those little corners holding the envelopes together which are made from folded Post-It Notes.

I was sitting at my drafting table with my envelopes, and beside me was a pad of Post-It Notes. I got the idea to see if I could fold Post-It Notes to hold my envelopes together so they could stand up rather than just lay flat on my drafting table. I found a couple of folds that worked and picked my favorite to share.

Steps to make an origami photo corner holder from a 3" square Post-It Note.

Steps to make an origami photo corner holder from a 3″ square Post-It Note (or other square paper).

Instructions:

  1. Fold horizontally, vertically and diagonally (see 1 above)
  2. Fold two opposing corners to the middle (see 2 above)
  3. Reverse the diagonal fold (see 3 above)
  4. Pinch the two other opposing corners in to the center (see 4 above)
  5. Fold the two flaps into the center of the folded triangle (see 5 above)
  6. Now your triangle will look like 6 above. You can see how the flaps lie inside the folded triangle.
Origami photo holder made from Post-It Notes. Since the photos were all the same size, I used two (one top and one bottom) to attach the photos together.

Origami photo holder made from Post-It Notes. Since the photos were all the same size, I used two (one top and one bottom) to attach the photos together.

You don’t need to use Post-It Notes, as any square paper would do, but I think using them just adds a fun quirkiness to the display. Using used Post It-Notes or other scrap paper could make interesting patterns too.

Folded origami photo holder made from Post-It Notes. I think other colors of paper might look better than the yellow ones I used.

Folded origami photo holder made from Post-It Notes. I think other colors of paper might look better than the yellow ones I used.

I think using these little triangle holders to hold photos or little prints as a display would be perfect. They could easily be made into a centerpiece for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary. It takes just minutes to make these and I’m sure there are lots of uses for them that I haven’t even thought of.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Paper Birds With Paper Clip Legs

I was visiting a friend last week who has multiple bird feeders that are situated right outside her living room window. The finches and other birds simply loved her feeders. So today, I took her one of my paper birds with paper clip legs. It reminded me that I wrote this post last year,  but thought it was worth sharing again.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

Although I consider myself a serious artist, I sometimes just have to do cute. And these birds certainly are cute.

I’ve made their legs from paper clips, while their bodies are from paste paper scraps left over from other projects. If you remember my most recent post showing the spring flowers I made from discarded paint chips, their wings might look familiar to you.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn't have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn’t have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

They are really easy to make. The hardest part for me was deciding on the shapes for the birds and wings. I sketched out a bunch of ideas, and found that I liked a simple, but very graphic design best. Once I decided on my design, I made a template out of card stock and traced the bodies and wings of my birds.

Paper birds perfect for springtime.

Paper birds perfect for Spring decorations.

I cut out the body shapes from scraps of paste paper and cut coordinating wings from solid colors of paint chips. I found I liked a card stock weight for my bird bodies. A scrapbook paper would probably work well for both bodies and wings.

Those who know me, know I like color. Even my paper clips are colorful. So, it seemed natural to make my birds’ legs and feet out of colorful, bendable paper clips, which were right within reach. I just straightened out most of the wire and left one curve for each foot (see photo below).

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

To assemble your bird, tape two legs on to the inside of one bird body. Then, paste a mirror image bird body on the back, sandwiching the legs between the two bodies. Glue on the wings, positioning them to suit your taste. Add a triangle for the bird beak. Add the eye. You can draw a black circle for the bird’s eye, use a seed bead or googly eye. For my birds, I opted for the simplicity of a black circle for the eye. I thought it went well with the simple graphic style of my birds.

These paper birds are easy to make.

These paper birds are easy to make.

There are lots of possibilities for these birds. Experiment and see what you can come up with. I’d love to see what you do.

Enjoy, Candy

April Is National Card and Letter Writing Month

Last year I discovered that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I hadn’t realized there was such a thing. When I found out about it, I issued myself a challenge to make and send an envelope (with letter inside) every day for the month of April. Both the recipients and I had a great time. Most everyone I sent an envelope and letter to, sent one back to me. It was great fun!

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

One of my favorite envelopes from last year. I used this Sharpie water based marker to write over one of my silver and blue paste papers which I made into an envelope. Simple and elegant.

I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to do it again this year. You are welcome to leave a comment below if you are interested in receiving an envelope and letter. I’ll then send you an email and you can send me your address. And maybe you’ll return the favor and send me a decorated envelope and letter in return.

I am starting my envelopes for National Card and Letter Writing Month which starts next week.

I am starting my envelopes for National Card and Letter Writing Month which starts next week.

On my Facebook page for My Paper Arts, I will be sharing a photo each day of the envelope I send out. I’ll also show some of the envelopes on my weekly Studio Snapshot here on this blog.

It’s going to be a fun month and I’d love to have you play along with me.

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Custom Order For Origami Mandalas

A dear friend who lives on the other side of the country saw my origami mandalas on my blog and placed a custom order. I love how the internet allows me to stay in touch with friends and family who no longer live close to me.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

It makes me feel good when my friends like my art enough to purchase it. And it feels even better when they purchase multiples to give as gifts.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

This is a repeat of an origami mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

This is a repeat of an Origami Mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

For information and links on folding these origami mandalas and tea bag folding, see my blog post: Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Tradition has it that one should wear green clothing or accessories on St. Patrick’s Day. The origin of wearing green is unknown, but it may have been because green represents the regenerative powers of nature.

Green Puffy Pentagon Boxes, perfect for a little St. Patrick's Day gift.

Pentagon boxes perfect for a little St. Patrick’s Day gift. For instructions: DIY Puffy Pentagon Box

For St. Patrick’s Day, I have chosen to showcase some of my green paper art. These are not wearable, but they all incorporate the color green. When appropriate, I’ve included links to any instructions from previous blog posts.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure

Origami Mandala

Origami Mandala. For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Hand bound book

Hand bound book

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Back sides of rosettes in above photo, made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Limeade."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade”

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers. For instructions: Steps to Making a Lotus Flower

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used.

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used. For information see: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes. For instructions: DIY Clover Fold Box

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips. Instructions: DIY Cute Paper Birds

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. For instructions: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel.

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel, Broken Wing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Candy

Studio Snapshot – I Love You Accordion Card Books

For over a month I’ve been busy with family and helping my dad downsize and move. This has left me with little time to make art. The result is that I haven’t been replacing the art that has sold out of my studio.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books. Each one is hand lettered with watercolor and gold accents.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books.

This week I realized I sold out of my I Love You Accordion Card Books. I guess they were popular for Valentine’s Day gifts. So this week I worked on making three new ones. I won’t put them all in my studio at once. I’ll keep a couple here in my studio at home.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

It feels good to be back in my studio again. Although my current schedule is still pretty busy, I’m hoping to be able to carve out a couple of hours a day to work on my art. I’ve been missing it.

I Love You Accordion Card Books.

I Love You Accordion Card Books. Because each book is an original, they are all just a little different.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Paper Shamrock Wreath

I recently found the shamrock wreath I made last year (Studio Snapshot – St. Patrick’s Day Paper Shamrock Wreath). It was looking a little shabby, so I decided to make another and include instructions so you can make one too.

My new Paper Shamrock Wreath, perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

My new Paper Shamrock Wreath, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Like last year, I decided on two colors of green and one of white. Unlike last year, I decided I wanted to use a heavier card stock for my paper. Last year I made my strips of paper 1.5″ wide. This year I made them 1″ wide. It’s totally up to you to decide what width of strips you want to make your shamrock.

Last year's Paper Shamrock Wreath on left and 1" by 12" strips of green and white paper that will become my new wreath this year.

Last year’s Paper Shamrock Wreath on left and 1″ by 12″ strips of green and white paper that will become my new wreath this year.

From 12″ square card stock, I cut cut seven 1″ strips from each of my three colors. I used two greens and one white. I left the dark green 12″ in length, cut the white to 10″ and the light green to 8″. Try different widths and lengths of paper. Play around to find the combination of lengths and widths that give you a pleasing shamrock.

I stapled one set of colored strips to form a teardrop.

I stapled one set of colored strips to form a teardrop.

Holding a set of each of the three colors (longest on the outside, shortest on the inside) I used a stapler to make a teardrop shape. See photo above. I then made 6 teardrops.

The above photo shows where I scored the lines for the stem of my shamrock.

The above photo shows my six teardrops plus where I scored the lines for the stem of my shamrock.

I scored and folded my 7th set of colored strips (see above photo) to make my shamrock stem. I then stapled my stem like I did with the teardrops.

I used a glue gun to glue two tear drops together, ending up with 3 heart shaped leaves for my shamrock.

I used a glue gun to glue two tear drops together, ending up with 3 heart shaped leaves for my shamrock.

I used a glue gun for my next steps. I glued two teardrops together to make each of the heart shaped leaves. Then I glued the three leaves and the stem to a round piece of card stock (see it in the center of the above photo).

I folded a paper medallion for the center of my Paper Shamrock Wreath. I glued a few beads in the center.

I folded a paper medallion for the center of my Paper Shamrock Wreath. I glued a few beads in the center.

I folded a 1″ by 11″ strip of text weight paper into an accordion. I then glued the ends together and held the accordion into a circle and glued the back of the medallion with hot glue. I held it for a few minutes until the glue dried. Done! I may add a ribbon to hang it like I did last year.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Chiyogami Paper Sample Subscription

I received a wonderful gift this past Christmas, a Washi Arts Chiyogami Paper Sample Subscription. It was gifted to me by my sister-in-law who shares my love for paper. Each month I receive a lovely selection of 3″ by 3″ chiyogami papers.

My box and chiyogami paper samples from January.

My box and chiyogami paper samples from January.

For January, I received a little storage box along with a number of 3″ by 3″ samples of chiyogami papers, stripes and calligraphic marks. They are absolutely lovely! In February, I received a wonderful packet of chiyogami floral and botanical patterned papers. I love them!

My chiyogami paper samples from January (spread out) and my February paper samples still in their package.

My chiyogami paper samples from January (spread out) and my February paper samples still in their package.

By the end of the year I will have close to 500 different 3″ by 3″ samples of chiyogami papers. All the papers are labeled on the back, so I know which ones I want to order. Unfortunately, I want to order them all!

My February chiyogami flower and botanical paper samples.

My February chiyogami flower and botanical paper samples.

I understand that you can still subscribe. The link to learn more about this program, or to subscribe is
http://www.washiarts.com/subscriptions/chiyogami-sample-box-subscription-limited-edition-2016

I’ll share some of the art I make with my chiyogami papers later this year.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. Last year I designed the Clover Fold Box to fit a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square. This year I designed the Puffy Pentagon Box which will also nicely hold a Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are the perfect size to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

I have included a template at the end of this blog post that you can download to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes. Print the template on the back of a decorated paper, then cut and fold. I suggest using card stock for best results.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

There’s no glue or tape or ribbon needed to hold this box together. It’s a little tricky to close the box at first, but once you have done once or twice, it becomes easy.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

These little boxes with a little chocolate inside make perfect hostess gifts.

Puffy Pentagon Box

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Since these boxes store flat, you can make a bunch at a time and store them. They’ll be ready to puff into action whenever there is a need. Of course, you need to make sure you haven’t eaten all the chocolate or whatever you have to go in them.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes easy.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes fairly easy.

For more information about Dagoba Chocolate (which has its facilities in Ashland, Oregon): DagobaChocolate.com

For more information about paste papers: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy