Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Last year, before my friend Dorothy moved, she gave me a couple sheets of one of her Dinky Doodles. I’m not sure if they’re laser or ink jet copies, but I absolutely love them! I put them away and forgot about them until I was going through the paper piles in my studio closet this past week.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I decided it was time for me to do something with these doodles that Dorothy gave me. The papers were light weight copy paper, so I decided folded little paper boxes would look great out of these papers.

These were the two Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

These were the two Dinky Doodle papers that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

I folded the tops of the boxes out of Dorothy’s paper and made the bottoms of the boxes out of colorful coordinating papers.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy's Dinky Doodle paper.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy’s Dinky Doodle papers.

Dorothy paints what she calls Dinky Doodles on papers. It’s fun and easy for anyone to do. Then she copies her doodles. This would be a perfect project to do with children. It would work well with crayons or watercolors or markers.

Little boxes made from Dorothy's painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Little boxes made from Dorothy’s painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – More Paper Wrapped Pencils

When I made an enormous amount of paper wrapped pencils a few months ago, I thought they would last at least until the end of the year. Boy was I mistaken! I’ve had to make more for both my own studio and a couple of orders for Nimbus. (Please note: this is not a complaint. I’m super glad they’re so popular.)

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Nimbus also asked for a few more “masculine” looking pencils. I looked through a number of my paper scraps and I think I came up with a number of papers that have sort of a “masculine” feel to them. What do you think?

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more "masculine" feel.

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more “masculine” feel.

The process for wrapping pencils takes a number of days to complete. First I wrap the pencil using acrylic matte medium as my “glue.” Then I apply two coats of acrylic matte medium to the paper on the pencils after they have been wrapped. The pencils need to dry between coats. I then let the pencils dry for a couple more days before wrapping them with raffia to create sets.

I think these fit the request for a "masculine" paper wrapped pencil.

Close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” paper wrapped pencil.

This past week I wrapped over 100 pencils. Not all of them are dry yet. These should last me through next spring since our local tourist season is now ending.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a "masculine" pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

If you would like to make your own paper wrapped pencils, check out the instructions on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

Enjoy, Candy

Ladybug Cards & Mobile

In just two weeks, I will be opening my home studio to the public during the Ashland Gallery Association Open Studio Tour. It’ll be the first time I’ve opened my home studio for viewing and it’s a little scary for me. I decided to include a number of demonstrations of my more popular blog projects. That includes my ladybug cards and ladybug mobile.

Ladybug cards.

Ladybug cards.

I designed my ladybug cards last summer. They can easily be glued to a card or glued back to back on a string to make a mobile. I’m sure there are many more ways these wonderful ladybugs can be used.

Ladybug card and ladybug mobile in progress.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

The ladybugs themselves are made from a square of red paper. When added to the card, they make a wonderful 3-D effect. And when glued to the string of the mobile, they move wonderfully when there is any breeze or other movement around them.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

Ladybug card with ladybug mobile in progress.

Instructions for making these ladybugs are on my blog post: DIY Ladybug Card. You can also see more photos of my ladybug garland on my blog post: Paper Ladybug Garlands.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Lots Of Colorful Long Stemmed Hearts

On my last blog post, I gave directions for making long stemmed hearts. Somehow, many of you who subscribe to my blog never received that post. I don’t understand the technology of why that happened, but here’s the link to the DIY instructions: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

For that blog post, I made a dozen red long stemmed hearts. And seeing that I had a whole lot of colorful fade resistant papers sitting around my studio, I couldn’t resist making lots more long stemmed hearts is ever so many different colors.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

One dozen Long Stemmed Hearts as shown in last week’s blog post.

As I stated last week, I use Pop Tone colors from French Paper Company, located in Niles, Michigan. I had to order directly from the company to get all the colors I wanted.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

One of the things I love about these hearts is that I don’t have to remember to water them. I can leave for a week or two without worrying about them. No wilting. No watering. As a matter of fact, it’s not advisable to water them at all.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

All week, I just kept making all different colors of folded paper hearts. I kept trying out how different color combinations looked together. It was so much fun!

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

The vases I used for most of today’s photos used to hold balsamic vinegar. They make great vases. I bought the balsamic vinegar at Trader Joe’s years ago. I don’t know if they still sell it in these glass bottles. I added the band of red cord to coordinate the vase with the wrapping of embroidery thread on the hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

I have also found lovely vases at yard sales and estate sales. Look around and you’re likely to find the perfect vase for your Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

For instructions, see my blog post: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Long Stemmed Hearts

I made some long stemmed hearts a number of years ago for Valentine’s Day. Recently, I noticed that a number of the colors had faded from being in the sun. So, I decided to make them again using fade resistant papers. I also decided to simplify the process I and share my instructions here.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

I got a variety of colored papers from French Paper Company which is located in Niles, Michigan. I used their line of Pop Tone colors. These papers are some of the most lightfast, fade resistant papers available. They come in a wonderful variety of colors, too.

Instructions for making my Long Stemmed Hearts.

This is how I make my Long Stemmed Hearts.

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper 8.5″ by 2.5″ with the paper grain going the 2.5″ direction. Fold the paper in half like in #1 above (note: the fold is on the right). If you don’t know about paper grain, check out my blog post that explains it at: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
  2. Draw an arc in pencil like in #2 above. It should be just a bit higher on the fold line (that’s where the center of the heart will be).
  3. Cut the arc and start folding. Fold towards the center fold as in #3 above.
  4. Continue folding as in #4 above, folding each fold in half.
  5. Continue folding as in #5 above, folding each fold in half again.
  6. Continue folding as in #6 above, folding each fold in half again.
  7. Put the accordion folded heart into a bulldog clip as in #7 above (or secure it with rubber bands). Tie embroidery thread around the bottom of the heart using a square knot. Put a dab of glue on the knot.
  8. Wrap the long end of the thread around the knot about a dozen times with the short end of the thread still visible above the wrapping. Tie the ends together with a square knot. Glue around the thread, including the knot as in #8 above. You can see the wet glue in the photo, but it dries clear. I used PVA glue, but a white glue like Elmers would work well too. Cut the thread after the glue is dry. For those wanting a super clean looking wrap, put the thread on a needle and thread it under the now glued wrapped thread.
  9. Push a bamboo skewer through the center of the heart, between the center fold and the thread. Push the skewer all the way down to where the thread goes around the heart. Gently open the heart. It should look like # 9 above.
One dozen red paper long stem.med hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

One dozen red paper long stemmed hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

These are fun to make. And now that I have simplified how I make them, they go fairly quickly. Before I actually sewed the folds at the bottom of each heart. This way is much quicker.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

These paper long stemmed hearts won’t wilt and you don’t have to remember to water them either.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Playing With My New Chiyogami Papers

This past week I’ve been making paper lotus flowers, origami mandalas and paper wrapped pencils out of the new Chiyogami papers I received from Washi Arts. I shared the photo of the papers I received on my last post and here is what I’ve been doing with them.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

I love these papers! The colors are spectacular and they fold beautifully. Yes, they are expensive, but so worth it.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

If you haven’t tried Chiyogami paper, treat yourself to a sheet. It’s a wonderful experience.

Enjoy, Candy

Chiyogami Papers From Washi Arts

Just what I needed to raise my spirits, my paper order from Washi Arts arrived! After spending most of the past week in the hospital at the bedside of a family member, receiving these papers was just what the doctor ordered. It put a smile on my face.

These Japanese Chiyogami papers arrived at the right time to raise my spirits.

These Japanese Chiyogami papers arrived at the right time to raise my spirits.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Lotus Flowers

My studio this past week has been a chair beside a hospital bed. A dear family member had a massive stroke. It’s been an emotional week, but making paper lotus flowers has proved to be calming and meditative.

Paper Lotus Flower made from Chiyogami and metallic silver papers.

Paper Lotus Flower made from Chiyogami and metallic silver papers.

Luckily I had already cut the papers for a number of paper lotus flowers. I simply put the papers, waxed linen thread, scissors, a pencil and a clipboard in a box and took it with me to the hospital.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

I sat and was present while we listened to soothing music. I folded while my family member slept.

This Paper Lotus Flower was made from wrapping paper and gold metallic paper.

This Paper Lotus Flower was made from wrapping paper and gold metallic paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

With love, Candy

Spending Time With Loved Ones

A dear family member just had a stroke. I am spending time with them rather than writing the instructions for my Long Stemmed Hearts. You can look forward to the instructions coming for these soon.

Soon I will be posting instructions for making these Long Stemmed Hearts.

Soon I will be posting instructions for making these Long Stemmed Hearts.

With Love, Candy