Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 Year End Review and Preview of 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, I am amazed at how much art I accomplished while attending to the needs of others. 2016 has been the most stressful year of my life, and I think making art has been what got me through the year. I would not have made as much art this past year if I had not felt so committed to all of you who read and comment on my blog. I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure was one of my favorite DIY projects of 2016. DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

The square envelope with an interlocking heart closure is one of my favorite DIY’s from 2016. It has also received a lot of shares on the internet.

This Paper Origami Mandala is made with 8 pieces of paper 4 times longer in height as in width. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

My most popular blog post from 2016 was: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes. This post includes links to instructions to make a number of different patterns.

This tea bag rosette was made from 8 tea bag wrappers like the one in the photo above. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes.

I actually save my tea bag wrappers, fold them, and make origami rosettes. The above photo shows one of the many patterns that can be made using tea bag wrappers.

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

I designed my Puffy Pentagon Box for the Oregon Chocolate Festival. This has been a favorite of many of my personal friends as well as those who read my blog on the internet. You can download the template from my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

These origami envelopes are fun to make and quite addictive, too. They were another favorite DIY blog post. DIY Origami Envelope

I wish to thank Paula Bearded Krieg for the instructions for these wonderful envelopes. My blog post: DIY Origami Envelope includes a link to her instructions.

This photo shows the different burl wood I was looking at for the base of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel. Nuptial Spirit Vessel – The Processl

Although I can look at the numbers and know which post got the most views, it’s impossible to decide which is my most successful blog post of the year. Some posts are viewed a lot. Others have lots of comments. Some are shared a lot, or have lots of Facebook likes or are pinned on Pinterest. Some blog posts have been up for most of the year and some only a few months or weeks.

Two little birds made from watercolor blobs. DIY – From Blobs To Birds

Going through my statistics, I found that my blog has been viewed from 168 countries. The internet is an amazing place. I am so happy that I can reach so many people who love paper art.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

My most popular photo on Pinterest brings thousands of views to the blog post 50 Triangle Boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Quite a few of my older blog posts are still getting a lot of views too. 50 Triangle Boxes for A 50th Wedding Anniversary gets thousands of views from a photo on Pinterest. The DIY – Triangle Boxes, which includes a link to the template for making these triangle boxes, gets lots of views too.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner that I made from her digital files. This photo has been shared a lot on Pinterest. Tiny Winter Walk Book

So what’s ahead for 2017? Obviously I will continue to do DIY blog posts. There will also be a lot of Art On The Go! blog posts about the paper art I make and see on my travels. And I will be writing about practicing random kindness and senseless acts of beauty throughout 2017 too.

Happy New Year! I look forward to a new and wonderfully creative 2017.

Enjoy, Candy

Rumi Quote

Now that Christmas is past, I can share these two calligraphy pieces I was commissioned to do. They were given as Christmas gifts.

Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi


Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi

I like how they came out.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Ornaments

On my travels, I found some Christmas trees with paper ornaments. The first trees I found were in the city of Ferndale, California. There were many trees filled with ornaments lining the downtown streets.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

The paper ornaments were made by children and laminated so that they could hold up to the outside weather.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

I love how festive and personal these trees feel. And they look like they’d be a fun, easy project to do with a child.

Paper cranes adorn this Christmas tree.

The paper cranes on the tree above are larger than most of the paper cranes I’ve seen. These cranes were made with 9″ origami paper rather than the usual 6″ origami paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Art On The Go! – Packing My Art Supplies

I’m excited to be packing our 19′ Roadtrek van for a two month trip. This means packing art supplies to keep me busy for two months in a very small amount of space. It’s required me to do a lot of prep work like cutting boards for making boxes and cutting paper the right size for projects. I even had to come up with an alternative to taking along my book press which is too big for the space I have available.

About 500 papers cut 1″ by 4″ that will be turned into Origami Mandalas.

Trying to pare down my supplies to fit into just a couple of small boxes has been a challenge like no other I’ve experienced. Obviously I can’t pack my entire studio, so it’s made me look carefully at each item I’m taking. I only have half of one overhead compartment for all the supplies I’m taking. It’s required me to make some difficult choices.

Binders board already cut and packaged to make 30 little boxes on my trip.

I am going to try and make 30 little boxes on this trip. I think I packed everything I need. PVA glue; check. Binder’s board already cut; check. Wheat starch; check. Container to mix wheat starch; check. Paper for collage; check. Acrylic medium for sealing; check. Brush to apply said medium; check. Wire; check. Beads and such for lids; check. Wire cutters; check. Alternative to board press; check. I hope I didn’t forget anything that I can’t pick up along the way.

What I’m packing in lieu of my book press to keep my lids flat while they’re drying.

My book press would take up too much space in our little van, so I got some counter laminate and c-clamps to use for pressing my boards. I had holes drilled in a couple of them so I can press two boards together when I make the lids. I’ll post photos later of the process.

I’ll be blogging while we’re traveling, although the posts could be a little irregular if we’re not in an area where the internet is available. Usually I post on Monday and Thursday, and I’ll try to continue with that if I can. No guarantees.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Paper Holiday Ornament

While I’m busy cutting paper and packing for a two month trip (more about that later), I thought you would enjoy this cute paper ornament compliments of Helen Hiebert and Mulberry Paper and More.

Check out Helen Hiebert’s blog post for the instructions to make these cute paper ornaments.

Helen Hiebert shared the instructions for making these ornaments on her blog post: 25 Days of Paper 2016: Day 14.


Enjoy, Candy

DIY 2017 Dodecahedron Cube Calendars

Marlies of CraftMeister, Marlies Creative Universe, has made 12 sided dodecahedron cube calendars since 2005. And for a number of years she’s been sharing her downloadable calendars on her website.

These Dodecahedron Cube Calendars are fun to make, though they do require intense concentration.

Marlies has 12 different patterns that you can download for free. I downloaded 5 different patterns and made had a lot of fun making them.

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “stones.”


This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “water.”


This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “crumpled paper.”


This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “fluorescent flowers.”


This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “abstract green.”


The five 2017 Dodecahedron Cube Calendars I made this year.

You can download your own calendar from Marlies website: 2017 12-Sided Dodecahedron Cube Calendars Are Ready! She does ask for your email address, but the download is free.

Enjoy, Candy


To My Email Subscribers: You May Have Missed My Posts

This post is to all my wonderful email subscribers. There was a software glitch for the past two and a half months where only a few of my posts actually were sent out to you. I have been advised that the glitch has finally been fixed. I’m including links to my past posts so you can click on them in case you missed some. Just click on the link below each photo to the blog post.

Lettering Envelopes For My Holiday Cards 

DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

Paper Pop Up Trees From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

PaperLove E-course – Weeks 3 and 4


DIY Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths


DIY Holiday Origami Envelopes


PaperLove E-course – Week 2


2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar


PaperLove E-course – Week 1

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

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


DIY Halloween Envelopes


Birds From Blobs On Envelopes


My Inspiration Wall


Ashland Open Studio Tour


More Chiyogami Papers Arrived!

Getting Ready For The Ashland Open Studio Tour


Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Hopefully emails will go out as normal from here on out with no more glitches.

Enjoy, Candy


Paper Mâché Boxes

Whether you call it papier-mâché (pap-yay mash-ay) or paper mâché (paper mash-ay), I call it absolute FUN! I made these boxes from pieces of binders board that I cut and then glued together to make the box shape. Then I tore and paper mâchéd some of the many papers from my paper stash.

Handmade paper mâché box about 4″ square and 2.5″ tall.

Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. The hardest part was waiting for the boxes to day.

Handmade paper mâché box about 4″ square and 2.5″ tall.

The two above boxes are about 4″ square and stand about 2.5″ tall (not counting the bead top). I raided my bead stash to find beads that went well with each of my boxes.

Handmade paper mâché box about 6.5″ square and 4″ tall.

My first paper mâché box had a traditional lid. For now, however, I am just loving the look of these beaded lids. They actually take a little longer to make, but I think the beaded tops have a bit more pizzaz.

Close up of the beaded lid of my paper mâché box.

These photos were taken a bit before the paper mâché was completely dry. You can see that in the upper photo. I had to take the photos and share them. I just love how these little boxes turned out.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Lettering Envelopes For My Holiday Cards

With my Christmas Santa cards done (see DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards), I’ve switched my focus to lettering the envelopes in which to send them.

I decided on shades of red for the calligraphy on the envelopes for my Santa cards.

I decided on shades of red for the calligraphy on the envelopes for my Santa cards.

Looking at my Santa cards, I decided I needed to letter my envelopes in reds. I started with a light red and went back in with a darker red. Then I outlined the letters and embellished them a bit. And I added hearts, just because I thought they added just the right amount of additional red that was needed.

Envelopes for my Holiday Cards.

Envelopes for my Holiday Cards.

I think they look great. Now to finish addressing them and get them in the mail. A number of them are going overseas, so I hope they arrive in time.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

My Christmas cards this year are a graphic image of Santa made from cut and torn pieces of red, white and tan paper. These are easy to make and would be a fun project to do with children.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

Materials: I used red paper, beige paper and white paper. For the torn white paper, I tried both a printmaking paper  (unknown brand from my stash) and 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. Both worked well, but I really liked how the soft printmaking paper tore. For my adhesive I used double sided tape, but glue stick would work well. You want an adhesive that isn’t very wet because that would wrinkle the paper. I also used a black marker, a light brown marker and blush makeup. In lieu of blush makeup, a crayon or pastel or chalk would work, possibly a marker.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

Instructions for 5″ by 7″ card:

  1. I used red paper, beige paper and white printmaking paper (light weight watercolor paper would work well too). Text weights are fine for the red and beige papers.
  2. Cut red paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste it on the top of the card (I used double stick tape, but glue stick would work as well).
  3. Cut beige paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste under the red paper.
  4. Tear a white paper and paste it between the red and beige paper.
  5. For the beard, tear a piece of white paper that is 5″ wide and play around with making it look like a beard. When you are happy with the way it looks, trim the bottom of the paper to where the bottom of the card will be and glue to the card.
  6. Decorate your Santa. Black pen for eyes and mouth. Colored pen for nose. Makeup blush for the cheeks, or use a crayon or marker.
My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

Next step is to write messages and address the envelopes.

Enjoy, Candy