Monthly Archives: October 2016

PaperLove E-course – Week 1

This past week I’ve been taking an E-course called PaperLove. It’s a 5 week course taught by Rachel Hazell of Edinburgh, Scotland. All the participants are in a Facebook group where we can share our creations, ask questions, and inspire each other.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I'm writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I’m writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

The participants are from all over the world. There are 54 of us in the Facebook group, so there’s lots of interaction. We started by introducing ourselves and sharing photos of our studios.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

Rachel shared lots of information about the history of paper and introduced other paper artists. We had exercises 6 days of the week. This course has me exploring things I never would have contemplated before. And it also requires me to leave my perfectionism behind (really hard).

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

The hardest thing about my pamphlet stitch book was to do it without measuring, just eyeballing it. That’s not how I usually work, but I must admit, the book came out fine.

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. The words are printed on the right (in case you can't read my writing on the photo).

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. 

There’s a lot more to the class than I’m showing here. And I’m still working on my “book within you”. I’ll share it with you when it’s further along.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

If you are interested in Rachel’s work, check out her website: Rachel Hazell.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

While I don’t approve of giving a bunch of sugar to young children, I do want to give my Halloween Trick or Treaters something that they like. My answer to this has been to make my own Paper Treat Boxes for Halloween. When I give my Trick or Treaters their boxes, they are more interested in the boxes themselves than what’s inside.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

I fill my boxes with spider or skull rings or something related to the season. My Trick or Treaters are happy and I have a clear conscience of not having caved in to giving them sweets.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

This year I am making Clover Fold Boxes from black card stock. I sponged white acrylic paint on the black card stock and let it dry overnight.

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Since the paper is black, I traced the clover fold template on the reverse side of the paper using blue transfer paper. Then I cut out the box, folded it, and used heavy duty double stick tape to tape the corners of each box. You could use most any glue or tape for this.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white paint.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white acrylic paint.

If you are making these boxes with children, you may want to use white tempera or other non-toxic and/or easy to clean paint.

You can download the template for making your own Clover Fold Box below.

Template: Clover-Fold Box

Enjoy, Candy

23 Sandy Gallery Show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page

Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary is the latest show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky to get to Portland this past weekend and my first stop was to see this show. It’s only up until the 29th of October, so if you’re in the Portland neighborhood, you’ll want to get there ASAP.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary began their Dead Feminists series of broadsides in 2008 which have featured 24 different women from history. The letterpress printed broadsides connect their words and stories to current social political issues.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

The newest chapter in the series is the publication of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color, a book about the series published by Sasquatch, which was released earlier this month.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

The exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery delves into the process of creating both the prints and the book, from original drawings and ephemera to the latest print in the series to be revealed concurrently with the book release. It’s this showcasing of the process that adds so much to the show.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawing to separations to printing.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawings to separations to printing.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O'Leary.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O’Leary.

23 Sandy Gallery always has wonderful shows. But they also have a number of other works on display in the back rooms and in their display cases. It’s always a delight to visit. Since I live 300 miles away, I don’t get there as often as I would like. But that only makes it more special when I do get to visit.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

My favorite little book, from this visit, is Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy (see photo below). It shows the responses to her question, Can I get some coffee please? across the US. Sue noted that there were significant regional differences to her question.

Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy.

Coffee Please? an accordion book by Sue Clancy.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Unfortunately, I did not record the artist or the name of the book on the above photo. I guess that means you have to visit the gallery yourself to find it out. You can also see more on the website: 23sandy.com

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Envelopes

With Halloween just around the corner, I decided I wanted to make and send Halloween envelopes to some young friends. Again, this year, I took my ideas from Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book. You can check out a review I did of his book: Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book.

I love these dancing skeletons.

I love these dancing skeletons. They go well with the pumpkin postage stamp.

I have been traveling to Junction City, Eugene, and Portland, Oregon for the past few days, and this project has been easy to do while on the road. I brought along some envelopes, black pens and my address book. I purchased the Halloween postage stamps in Eugene.

This is a great Haunted House! The name and address go on the right.

This is a great Haunted House! The name and address go on the right.

I took three of the photos as my friend, Sharon’s house in Portland, Oregon. I usually photograph on a white background, but Sharon has this absolutely wonderful fall tablecloth which I couldn’t help but use for my background. I love how things seem to work out serendipitously.

This was my first attempt at skeletons. Although accidental, I like the way they grow taller as they go across the envelope.

This was my first attempt at skeletons. Although accidental, I like the way they grow taller as they go across the envelope.

I love making Haunted Houses, but I must admit that they take an awful long time to complete. The skeletons took much less time, and I think they look great! I think I’ll be making a bunch more of the skeleton envelopes this year.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley's Halloween Drawing Book.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book.

There are so many ideas for making all sorts of Halloween drawings in Ed Emberley’s book. I think it’s perfect adults as well as children. I know that my adult friends have loved receiving these envelopes in the past.

This is a #10 business envelope with the address written with a white gel pen.

This is a #10 business envelope with the address written with a white gel pen.

I should have started making these envelopes a month ago so I could send them to all my mail art and other friends. Maybe next year. So much art to do and still only 24 hours in a day.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Birds From Blobs On Envelopes

With the Open Studio Tour behind me, I figured it was time to catch up on some overdue correspondence. So, this past week I played with making blobs into birds, ending up with some colorful, happy envelopes. If you missed the instructions for making birds from blobs, check out my blog post: DIY – From Blobs to Birds.

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

After making the envelopes, I went to my local Post Office and got their last birds stamps. I hope they get more because I plan on making more of these envelopes.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each cof these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I love how colorful these envelopes are. I demonstrated how to make these little birds during the Open Studio Tour, and they were instant hits.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I played around with different watercolors, and they all worked fine, even the inexpensive ones. All you need are some watercolor paints and a black marker.

Although you can't see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle in person.

Although you can’t see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle.

These envelopes are sure to brighten someone’s day. Why not try making some of your own?

NOTE: 
For those of you who have signed up to receive my blog posts by email, please know that there was some sort of program glitch this past month and many of the blog posts did not get sent. So, you may want to check my blog itself to see what you missed.

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Enjoy, Candy

My Inspiration Wall

The two things in my studio that got the most attention during the Ashland Open Studio Tour this past weekend were my art supplies packed into a “bar” and my magnetic cords that I use for my vision or inspiration wall. I’ve already showed my art supplies “bar”, so today I’m sharing my inspiration wall.

My Inspiration Wall is three magnetic cables with tiny magnets to hold my paper art and ideas.

My Inspiration Wall is three magnetic cables with tiny magnets to hold my paper art and ideas.

First, I have a confession. I clutter. However, I don’t like clutter. So, my clutter tends to be down on the floor while my walls and the area I look at regularly look pretty good. The thought of having a bulletin board that, knowing me, would turn into a mass of clutter, wasn’t something I could live with. So I lived without an inspiration wall for years. Until, I found these wonderful magnetic cables.

Close up of chiyogami paper samples that remind me of autumn.

Close up: chiyogami paper samples that remind me of autumn.

I have 3 of these wonderful cables in my studio, right next to my drafting table. I hung my magnetic cables on white cup hooks. They are so easy to change out whatever inspires me at the moment, or something I don’t want to forget to do, like correspondence or a project I’m mulling around in my mind.

Used tea bags. I have no idea what these will turn into, but I just love the stained, muted colors and textures.

Close up: used tea bags. I have no idea what these will turn into, but I just love the stained, muted colors and textures.

The cables come in blue, pink and lime green. They have heavy duty little magnets that really grip the magnetic cord. You can also buy extra magnets if you like. One little magnet easily holds a regular sized manilla file folder, so they really are powerful little magnets.

I found them at Paper and Ink Arts (online). They were $8.00 each, plus shipping. Paper and Ink Arts just updated their website and although they were on their website two days ago, I can’t find them today. I suggest calling them and asking about them if you are interested in buying some.

For photos of my “art” bar: Studio Organization

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Ashland Open Studio Tour 2016

I was one of 22 artists who opened their studios to the public during last weekend’s Ashland Open Studio Tour. It was non-stop people all weekend. And it was wonderful. I really enjoyed a number of enthusiastic children who wanted to learn how to make ladybugs, blob birds, spooky Halloween envelopes and more. It was delightful!

The display shelves in my home studio.

The display shelves in my home studio.

I apologize in advance for the quality of my photos. My house has windows everywhere, making it difficult to get good photos.

Paper wrapped pencils.

Paper wrapped pencils.

Looking down on triangle boxes and clover fold boxes.

Looking down on triangle boxes and clover fold boxes.

Looking down on truffle boxes and puffy pentagon boxes.

Looking down on truffle boxes and puffy pentagon boxes.

Looking down on paper lotus flowers.

Looking down on paper lotus flowers.

Origami mandalas and metal prints of my calligraphy and paste papers.

Origami mandalas and metal prints of my calligraphy and paste papers.

Origami gift card holders, hand paper cut cards, photo portfolios, Earth Spirit Vessel and origami mandalas.

Origami gift card holders, hand paper cut cards, photo portfolios, Earth Spirit Vessel and origami mandalas.

Sets of matching origami mandalas, lotus flowers and paper wrapped pencils.

Sets of matching origami mandalas, lotus flowers and paper wrapped pencils.

Now to get everything put away so I can start making art again. I have more ideas than time to make them all, which is a good thing. No boredom in this house!

Enjoy, Candy

More Chiyogami Papers Arrived!

 

As I was busying myself getting my home studio ready for the public to view this weekend, my latest shipment of Chiyogami papers arrived. It was the bright spot of my day!

Chiyogami Papers

My latest Chiyogami papers.

These papers are such a delight to work with. They are a bit spendy, but so worth it. They fold exquisitely! You can look forward to seeing them incorporated into some new paper art soon.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Getting Ready For Ashland Open Studio Tour

This past week I’ve been cleaning my house and studio to get it ready for the Ashland Open Studio Tour. I’m opening my home studio to the public this next weekend. It’s a first for me and I’m a little anxious about it.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The only paper art I made this past weekend was the box to hold the Tour Passports. Each of the studios need to have a box to collect the passports. Two passports will be drawn, one for two tickets to A Taste of Ashland and another for $100 towards the purchase of local artwork.

Now I’m back to cleaning and organizing.

Enjoy, Candy