Category Archives: Art

Visiting Prickly Pear Paper

A lot has happened since my last blog post. I traveled from Oregon to California to Arizona to New Mexico to Oklahoma to Kansas to Colorado to Utah to Nevada and back to Oregon. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of driving and visiting with very little time for art along the nearly 5,000 miles we traveled.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

I did find time, while in Arizona, to visit a wonderful little paper shop where they both make and sell paper products. It’s called Prickly Pear Paper and it’s a letterpress and design studio in addition to being a retail store. They’re part of Barone, a craftsman community in Gilbert, Arizona.

They have their letterpress in their shop.

Prickly Pear Paper started in 2016 by Lauren Elliott and Mark Johnston. They envisioned a business that combined their love of graphic design with fun, adventurous stationery that makes people smile. I think they accomplished their objective.

This Arizona map is one of the best sellers in their shop.

In addition to what they have in their shop, they also offer custom design and printing services for businesses, events, weddings, announcements and personal stationery.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

BTW, I purchased the adoption card that is sitting on the letterpress in the second photo. And if you can’t make it to Gilbert, Arizona, you can check out their website: Prickly Pear Paper.

Enjoy, Candy

My 2017 Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty

I am an idealist and generally a positive person. Lately, however, I have noticed more and more people concentrating on negative things rather than positive ones. I know that my health suffers when I am surrounded by negativity and improves when I am surrounded by love and kindness. After a lot of introspection, I have decided that for 2017, I will offer the world more love and kindness through Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes I made to leave for someone to find.

I am making handmade little boxes and will be leaving them in random locations throughout my travels. I want to share love and bring smiles to the faces of strangers I will never meet.

Close up of the bead/handle on the lid of the box.

I have written a little tag explaining the gift that I will be attaching to each box that I leave for someone to find. It says:

To whoever finds this:
This is for you!

I’m glad you’ve found it and I hope this gift lifts your spirits and makes your day happier. Please accept it and enjoy it!

This box is a handmade original, one of a series I’ve created to surprise others with random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. I believe that when we put more love into the world, we help heal the rifts tearing us apart.

You may even want to “pay it forward” to others with your own random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Handmade box I made as part of my desire to spread more love and happiness in the world.

This is what I feel I can do to bring more love into the world. I would like to encourage others who are so inclined to find their own way to practice Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Let’s send more love into the world, Candy

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

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

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. Today I count my blessings, of which there are many. Although this past year has been extremely stressful, I have had a great many wonderful experiences and fantastic support from family and friends.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper art with so many people, many of whom I will never meet. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

Love and blessings to all, Candy

PaperLove E-course – Week 2

This past week I’ve been playing with collage in week two of the five week PaperLove E-course that I’m taking. I have never done all that much collage, so that was a bit daunting at first. However, I put my fears aside, and jumped in.

Box made from binders board, then covered with collaged light green paper with mica flecks.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces of light green paper with mica flecks.

I shouldn’t have worried, Rachael made it easy. And when I though about it, I realized we do a little bit of collage every time we put a stamp on a letter and mail it. You remember, the old fashioned snail mail? Once I thought of collage that way, it seemed less frightening.

Box made with binders board and covered with collaged torn pieces of paper with blue thread embedded in the paper. Top of box will be made later this week.

Box made with binders board and covered with collaged torn pieces of paper with blue thread embedded in the paper. Top of box will be made later this week.

Many years ago, I got my mom interested in calligraphy. Then calligraphy got her interested in Chinese Brush Painting. A while back she gave me a big box of her practice papers that she didn’t want to just throw out. I was going through them last week, trying to clear out some space in my garage, and decided they would be perfect materials for collage.

Collaged pieces of my mom's practice Chinese Brush Paintings of vegetables.

Collaged pieces of my mom’s practice Chinese Brush Paintings of vegetables.

I collaged a piece of paper, then cut it and wrapped it around a container of liquid hand washing gel. It really looks great in my bathroom.

Handmade paper washi paper made from samples of gift wrap I was gifted this past weekend.

Handmade paper washi paper made from samples of gift wrap I was gifted this past weekend.

On Friday night I did a demonstration of my paper wrapped pencils at Nimbus in Ashland. They had some samples of gift wrap paper and asked me if I would like some. Obviously I said yes and went home and made the above washi tape, one of the exercises in this course.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces light green paper with mica flecks.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces light green paper with mica flecks.

There has been a lot more instruction going this past week than what I’ve shared here. I was pretty busy this past week and still have a few exercises I need to complete. It’s been a joy to take this class.

To read about the first week of my E-Course: PaperLove E-course – Week 1.

Enjoy, Candy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studio Snapshot – 2017 Lotus Flower Calendar

My 2017 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar is finally finished. I got busy and didn’t make one for 2016, but I really missed having it sitting my my desk. So, I made sure I got one made for next year.

My 2017 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar and the lotus flower that is on the cover.

My 2017 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar and the lotus flower that is on the cover.

I think it’s finished. I’ve been working on my calendar for the past 3 weeks. I will proof it one more time before having it printed.

My 2017 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar features a photo of a different lotus flower for each month.

My 2017 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar features a photo of a different lotus flower for each month.

What I love most about my Lotus Flower Calendar is that it makes me feel so much peace and tranquility when I look at it.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Embrace

A couple of weeks ago, I showed the latest Earth Spirit Vessel I was working on. Well, last night I finished it. I have named it Embrace.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace, contains 688 individual pieces of hand folded papers.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace, contains 688 individual pieces of hand folded papers.

Looking in from the top of Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace. All the green papers are hand painted paste papers.

Looking in from the top of Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace. All the green papers are hand painted paste papers.

To see photos of it in its early stage see: Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel

Enjoy, Candy