I started my Lotus Flower Project on January 1, 2011. For the entire year I made at least one lotus flower a day. I taught myself to make lotus flowers while recovering from a broken and sprained ankle. Somehow the lotus flower and the zen quality of concentration when I make them has touched some inner quality of my soul. I wanted to see what would happen if I kept making them for a year of more, I wanted to see how they would change.
I continue to make lotus flowers, though no longer every day. Please enjoy the photos below. It is a wonderful ongoing journey.
My first lotus flowers were red with green leaves, like the one above. Since then I have tried a variety of different papers. I have been amazed at the variety of different papers that have worked as well as the number that have not worked. Softer tend to work better than hard ones.
I have made lotus flowers with transparent rice papers like the one above and I have made lotus flowers with paper that is as thick as card stock like the one below.
I have an extensive collection of papers I have collected over the years. I tried many different papers. Some worked wonderfully, some failed miserably. It has been a wonderful amazing journey. When I started the project, I wasn’t sure where it would take me.
I never imagined it would result in a desk calendar, but that’s what happened. I used photos of my lotus flowers to create a calendar for 2012. Each month depicts a lotus flower with colors and patterns that I associate with that month. It was a joy to put together.
This lotus flower I call my Art Deco lotus flower (for obvious reasons).
This lotus flower I made for the Salem Art Association Holiday Gift Show at the Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, Oregon.
My 2013 Lotus Flower Calendar.
This is the first Lotus Flower I made using my very own handmade paste papers.