Category Archives: Lotus Flowers

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

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

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 Thank You Cards

I received a request to make some Thank You cards for our local Community Art Committee of which I am a member. There are times when we need to send out thank you’s and the committee thought it would be great to have it made by one of the artist members.

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

One of the members suggested using a photo of one of my lotus flowers. So, here’s what I made this past week. I hand lettered the “thank you” and scanned it into the computer. I then changed the color of the “thank you” to match the color of the lotus flower that I photographed. Photoshop is great!

One of the new thank you cards for the Community Art Committee

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers

A couple of weeks ago, the Rogue Gallery requested some of my Paper Lotus Flowers in holiday colors. So I went to my stash of papers, which seems to have grown in numerous locations in my house, and found a number which I thought were appropriate colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

So, this past week was full of making lots and lots of Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers. In addition to the Rogue Gallery, I needed to make some for my studio at the Ashland Art Center and for our neighborhood Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Sale.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

I still have a few more dozen Lotus Flowers finish, so I’ll continue to make more this week. I just love how different the papers look once they are made into Paper Lotus Flowers. It’s not always easy to predict which ones will make a fantastic Lotus flower once cut and folded.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors (the one on the right reminds me of a stained glass window).

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers

I really enjoyed playing with so many different lovely papers this past week.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – More Paper Lotus Flowers

This past week, in addition to making flower envelopes (Flower Envelopes – The Process), I had a request from the Rogue Gallery for more of my Lotus Flowers. I just found some beautiful papers in my stash that I wanted to play with, so it was an easy decision to make them into Lotus Flowers.

This Japanese Paper made a beautiful Paper Lotus Flower.

This Japanese paper made a beautiful Paper Lotus Flower.

I never know for sure which papers will look great when made into Lotus Flowers. Sometimes I get a wonderful surprise, like with the Japanese paper above.

Some of the Paper Lotus Flowers I made for the Rogue Gallery.

Some of the Paper Lotus Flowers I made for the Rogue Gallery.

The next three Paper Lotus Flowers are also made from papers I hadn’t tried before. I like the way they came out too.

This yellow and orange with a paisley-like pattern made a gorgeous Paper Lotus Flower.

This yellow and orange paper with a paisley-like pattern made a gorgeous Paper Lotus Flower.

The leaf patterns on this paper are lovely for this Paper Lotus Flower.

The leaf patterns in pink, teal and gold on this paper are lovely for this Paper Lotus Flower.

Another great looking Paper Lotus Flower, this time with bronze colored leaves.

Another great looking Paper Lotus Flower, this time with bronze colored leaves.

I don't remember if I ever made this paper into a Paper Lotus flower. I love how delicate it looks.

I don’t remember if I ever made this paper into a Paper Lotus flower. I love how delicate it looks.

This peacock feather paper is a favorite of mine for making Paper Lotus Flowers.

This peacock feather paper is a favorite of mine for making Paper Lotus Flowers.

 

This is another favorite paper to make my Paper Lotus Flowers. I found this paper at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

This is another favorite paper to make my Paper Lotus Flowers. I found this paper at the University of Oregon Bookstore many years ago.

Another new paper for my Paper Lotus Flowers.

Another new paper for my Paper Lotus Flowers.

Here is the link to the post I did showing the process of how I make my Paper Lotus Flowers:
Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Paper Lotus Flowers For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, so I’ve been busy in my studio this past week making paper lotus flowers in reds and pinks and purples. These paper lotus flowers make wonderful gifts. They don’t wilt and never need watering.

Paper Lotus Flowers for Valentine's Day.

Paper Lotus Flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Lotus flowers are not easy to make. I still sometimes have trouble with them if I’m not in a very calm state of mind when I fold them. I don’t recommend you try making them unless you are quite skilled in origami or paper folding techniques. However, since so many people have asked for instructions, I have included them in my blog post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Matching Lotus Flowers & Paper Wrapped Pencils

After making paper lotus flowers for the Rogue Gallery last week, I had some scraps of paper left over. I got the idea to make matching paper wrapped pencils to match the lotus flowers. I love how they look together.

I used the same paper to make the paper Lotus Flower as I did to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I did to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

I used the same paper to make the Lotus Flower as I used to wrap the pencils.

To see how I wrap pencils: Paper Wrapped Pencils

To see how I make Lotus Flowers: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower

Happy Creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Lotus Flowers for the Rogue Gallery Gift Shop

The Rogue Gallery in Medford recently asked me if I would put some of my Lotus Flowers in their gift shop. I said “yes” and this week I have been making paper Lotus Flowers. I will deliver them early in January.

A dozen paper Lotus Flowers

A dozen paper Lotus Flowers

This paper Lotus Flower is made from butterfly wrapping paper. It's shiny, slippery and hard to work with, but sure worth the extra effort when its done.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from butterfly wrapping paper. It’s shiny, slippery and hard to work with, but sure worth the extra effort when its done.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from a heavy paper with some flocking on it. It reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from a heavy paper with some flocking on it. It reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from my last sheet of this printed purple paper.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from my last sheet of this printed purple paper.

This paper lotus flower is made with paper printed with gold and silver dandelions and lots of glitter.

This paper lotus flower is made from paper printed with gold and silver dandelions with lots of glitter.

Note to self: Don’t touch face after working with paper that has glitter on it.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from hand marbled paper.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from marbled paper.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from purple paper printed with silver dragonflies.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from purple paper printed with silver dragonflies.

If you are interested in seeing how these paper Lotus Flowers are made, you can check out my blog post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – October 27, 2014

Today I finished making 9 red and green lotus flowers for a special order. Soon they will be on their way across the country.

One of my finished lotus flowers.

One of my finished lotus flowers.

 

The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.

The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.

 

All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.

All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.

 

One lotus flower completed.

One lotus flower completed.

 

9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.

9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.

If you are interested in seeing the actual steps to making a lotus flower, you can check out my post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower

After Monday’s Studio Snapshot showing my paper lotus flowers, I had a request to show the steps to make one. While I am including the steps here, please note that this is a project that I do not teach. I do not teach it because it is hard not to tear the paper when folding it into the flower. It took me weeks to figure out how to fold without tearing and even now, if I’m not in a very calm and peaceful state of mind, I still tear the paper. That said, here are my steps to making a paper lotus flower.

Here is my completer paper lotus flower.

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

 

1. Cut 12 pieces of paper 5.5" by 3" (8 out of paper for flower & 4 out of paper for leaves). 2. For flower, fold in half as shown. 3. Fold corner up to fold as shown. 4. Repeat for all 4 corners.

1. Cut 12 pieces of paper 5.5″ by 3″ (8 out of paper for flower & 4 out of paper for leaves). 2. For flower, fold in half as shown. 3. Fold corner up to fold as shown. 4. Repeat for all 4 corners.

 

5. Fold bottom up to middle as shown. 6. Do same to top as shown. 7. Fold in half as shown. 8. This is how it looks without my finger holding it. Now repeat for the remaining 8 papers for the flower.

5. Fold bottom up to middle as shown. 6. Do same to top as shown. 7. Fold in half as shown. 8. This is how it looks without my finger holding it. Now repeat for the remaining 7 papers for the flower.

 

9. Fold the 4 papers for the leaves the same way except for the last fold where it is folded in the opposite direction as shown. 10. Stack two of the folded flower papers on the leaf papers as shown. 11. 4 stacks or 3 each with the leaf paper on the bottom. 12. Mark the center of one of the top flower petals as shown.

9. Fold the 4 papers for the leaves the same way except for the last fold where it is folded in the opposite direction as shown. 10. Stack two of the folded flower papers on one of the leaf papers as shown. 11. 4 stacks or 3 each with the leaf paper on the bottom. 12. Mark the center of one of the top flower petals as shown.

 

13. Put all four stacks together. 14. Then hold together with rubber bands or clips. 15. Make a loop out of thread (I use waxed linen thread). 16. Tie the stack together in the middle (the mark you made earlier tells where the middle is) and also string the loop through as shown.

13. Put all four stacks together. 14. Hold the stacks together with rubber bands or clips. 15. Make a loop out of thread (I use waxed linen thread). 16. Tie the stack together in the middle (the mark you made earlier tells where the middle is) and also string through the loop as shown. Note: loop is optional.

 

17. Spread apart as shown. 18. Gently pull up the first flower petal as shown. 19. Gently pull up the flower petal opposite the first petal. 20. Gently pull up another 2 petals as shown.

17. Spread apart as shown. 18. Gently pull up the first flower petal as shown. 19. Gently pull up the flower petal opposite the first petal. 20. Gently pull up another 2 petals as shown.

 

21. Keep gently folding up the petals. Here the first row of petals has been pulled. up. 22. Here the second row of petals has been pulled up. Only the leaves remain. 23. Push down on the leaves to flatten. 24. Keep pushing down until all the leaves have been flattened.

21. Keep gently folding up the petals. Here the first row of petals has been pulled. up. 22. Here the second row of petals has been pulled up. Only the leaves remain. 23. Push down on the leaves to flatten. 24. Keep pushing down until all the leaves have been flattened.

 

Looking down on the finished paper lotus flower.

Looking down on the finished paper lotus flower.

 

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

Note that adding the loop is optional. I like the loop because you can put a ribbon through the loop so the lotus flower can double as a lovely “bow” on a gift box.

Happy creating, Candy

 

 

Studio Snapshot – October 13, 2014

While I was busy moving, my lotus flowers were flying out of my studio. Now I need to make more to replace all the ones that sold. So, this is some of what took place in my studio this week.

Some of the lotus flowers I made this past week.

Some of the lotus flowers I made this past week.

I always start with deciding on which papers to use. Sometimes it's tough to decide because I have so many papers.

I always start with deciding on which papers to use. Sometimes it’s tough to decide because I have so many papers.

After cutting the paper, I start folding. Each piece of paper is 3" x 5.5".

After cutting each piece of paper is cut to 3″ x 5.5″, I start folding.

Each lotus flower is made from a total of 12 pieces of paper, 8 for the flower and 4 for the petals.

Each lotus flower is made from a total of 12 pieces of paper, 8 for the flower and 4 for the petals.

I tie the pieces together before I start folding the lotus flower. The purple lotus flower shows the first fold.

I tie the pieces together before I start folding the lotus flower. The purple lotus flower shows the first fold.

I need to be in a very calm and meditative state when I fold the lotus flowers or else the paper rips as I fold.

I need to be in a very calm and meditative state when I fold the lotus flowers or else the paper rips as I fold.

My 2015 Lotus Calendar showing March alongside one of my lotus flowers made out of the same paper as March.

My 2015 Lotus Calendar showing March alongside one of the lotus flowers I made this week made out of the same paper as March.

Plus, my 2015 Lotus Flower Calendar is finally back from the printer and is for sale in my studio.

Happy creating, Candy