Category Archives: Paper Sculpture

Online Class: Paper Illuminated by Helen Hiebert

A number of years ago I took a class from paper artist, Helen Hiebert, just before she moved to Colorado. I learned a lot and enjoyed the class immensely. Helen is a great teacher.

This is the shoji screen we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

I thought I’d like to take another class from Helen. However, Colorado is a bit far for me to travel to take a class.

This is the bendable paper lamp we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

So when I heard Helen was going to do an online class, I jumped at the opportunity to sign up for it. It starts on March 8, and I expect to be back home from my travels by then (thankfully). P.S. There is an early bird discount available if you sign up before February 1.

This is the chochin lampshade we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

I am going to clear my schedule (as much as I can) so I can have time to play with the structures Helen is going to teach. It’s a 5 week class, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find enough time during each week. It’s so easy for me to overbook my time, but this is going to be so worth it.

This is the wraparound lampshade we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

There’s going to be a private Facebook page for those of us who are taking the class. It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing what everyone is doing. We’ll be able to ask questions of Helen too.

These are the five projects we’ll be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

In addition to the class, I’ve ordered the Supply Kit for the class to make it easier for me to make the projects. If you take the class, you will need a few other materials like a cutting mat, straight pins, a craft knife and such. You can check out the materials need on Helen’s website link below.

Materials in the supply kit for Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

If you’re interested in taking this class, or want more information on it, see: Helen Hiebert’s Online Class: Paper Illuminated.

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

Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel

This past week I started another Earth Spirit Vessel. There’s actually a lot of work that needs to be done before I start building the vessel itself. For this vessel, I chose a pure white paper and combined it with painted paste papers of various shades of green with gold highlights.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

I started out with  papers that were 19.5″ by 25″ and then cut them into 2″ by 4″ pieces of paper. On 25 of the pieces of paper I wrote inspirations and quotes related to Nature and Mother Earth.  I then hand folded each of the papers nine times. You can see the triangular folded pieces in the above photo.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

After all the preparation, I got to start putting the Earth Spirit Vessel together. I built it one row at a time.

I don't yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I'm going to do with the green as far as a design.

I don’t yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I’m going to do with the green as far as a design.

After I got each row in position, I took off one folded piece at a time and glued it to the piece below. The gluing is not actually necessary, but it means that the shape of the vessel stays intact. Note: I only raised boys, so I know how easily they could dismantle something like this. And although I offer to make my Earth Spirit Vessels without glue, no one has ever taken me up on the offer. I think that’s very smart of them.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

Yes, it does take a lot of work to make each vessel. It’s a wonderfully meditative process and I truly enjoy making each and every one.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Autumn Blaze

This past week I have been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze. I actually started this last fall, but was so busy this past winter and spring, that I never got it finished. So after coming back from a wonderful calligraphy and art retreat, I decided to finish some past projects before I delved into starting new pieces of paper art.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Some of the papers in Autumn Blaze are hand painted paste papers. I included gold powder in the paste paper. It gives the vessel a subtle glow that isn’t quite apparent in the photo.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

Autumn Blaze contains 592 pieces of hand folded pieces of 2″ by 4″ paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times and glued in place. While it is not necessary to glue the pieces, I have never had anyone want a vessel that was not glued. I only raised boys, and I know how inquisitive minds like to take things apart to see how they were made. I think my customers must think like me.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is beginning to take shape.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is starting to take shape.

If you want to know more about my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out these blog posts of mine:
Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 5)

Last month was National Letter Writing month. And each day for the entire month, I sent out at least one letter a day in a hand decorated envelope. Here is what I sent out last week.

This note and envelope went to Sequoia for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

This note and envelope went to Sequoia for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

Sequoia’s envelope was hand delivered, so I didn’t have to worry about US Postal Service requirements. I didn’t have to put an address on the envelope or put a stamp on it.

This is the back of Sequoia's envelope for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

This is the back of Sequoia’s envelope for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

Here is the reverse side of Sequoia’s envelope. It’s on of my origami envelopes. More information is on my post: DIY Origami Envelope. These envelopes are fun to make with a square of paper.

This letter and envelope was sent to Jackie for day 27 of National Letter Writing Month. The keyboard is washi tape.

This letter and envelope was sent to Jackie for day 27 of National Letter Writing Month. The keyboard is washi tape.

Jackie is a retired music teacher. She plays the piano and accordion and a myriad of other instruments. I found keyboard washi tape in Portland last fall and have been waiting for the perfect time to put it on an envelope.

This letter and envelope went to Janet for day 28 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Janet for day 28 of National Letter Writing Month.

Janet has written me a number of letters and I wanted to send her one. I’ve been meaning to for some time, so National Letter Writing month was just the perfect push to get me to send her a letter.

This letter and birthday greetings went to Gaea for day 29 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and birthday greetings went to Gaea for day 29 of National Letter Writing Month.

Gaea asked for a letter, and since her birthday is at the end of April, I wanted to make it into a birthday card/letter. Notice “Happy Birthday Gaea” around the flower on the envelope and around the card. I had fun with thinking how make this envelope.

This letter and envelope was sent to Angela for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Angela for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

By the time the end of the month came around, I found I had promised a few more letters than there were days left in the month. So, I sent out 3 letters on the last day of April.

This letter and envelope was sent to Rachel for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Rachel for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

It was a happy month of making envelopes, trying to figure out a way to make matching stationery, and writing lots of letters. I’m now starting to get a bunch of lovely letters from my friends, old and new.

This letter and envelope was sent to Paula for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Paula for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

Paula was the last person I promised a letter to for National Letter Writing Month. I do have, however, a list of more people I want to send letters to. So, I’ll still be sending out letters this month, but they’ll go out at a slower pace.

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

DIY – Paper Birds With Paper Clip Legs

I was visiting a friend last week who has multiple bird feeders that are situated right outside her living room window. The finches and other birds simply loved her feeders. So today, I took her one of my paper birds with paper clip legs. It reminded me that I wrote this post last year,  but thought it was worth sharing again.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

Although I consider myself a serious artist, I sometimes just have to do cute. And these birds certainly are cute.

I’ve made their legs from paper clips, while their bodies are from paste paper scraps left over from other projects. If you remember my most recent post showing the spring flowers I made from discarded paint chips, their wings might look familiar to you.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn't have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn’t have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

They are really easy to make. The hardest part for me was deciding on the shapes for the birds and wings. I sketched out a bunch of ideas, and found that I liked a simple, but very graphic design best. Once I decided on my design, I made a template out of card stock and traced the bodies and wings of my birds.

Paper birds perfect for springtime.

Paper birds perfect for Spring decorations.

I cut out the body shapes from scraps of paste paper and cut coordinating wings from solid colors of paint chips. I found I liked a card stock weight for my bird bodies. A scrapbook paper would probably work well for both bodies and wings.

Those who know me, know I like color. Even my paper clips are colorful. So, it seemed natural to make my birds’ legs and feet out of colorful, bendable paper clips, which were right within reach. I just straightened out most of the wire and left one curve for each foot (see photo below).

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

To assemble your bird, tape two legs on to the inside of one bird body. Then, paste a mirror image bird body on the back, sandwiching the legs between the two bodies. Glue on the wings, positioning them to suit your taste. Add a triangle for the bird beak. Add the eye. You can draw a black circle for the bird’s eye, use a seed bead or googly eye. For my birds, I opted for the simplicity of a black circle for the eye. I thought it went well with the simple graphic style of my birds.

These paper birds are easy to make.

These paper birds are easy to make.

There are lots of possibilities for these birds. Experiment and see what you can come up with. I’d love to see what you do.

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels Are At Nimbus In Ashland, Oregon

Nimbus is one of my favorite stores in Ashland. It’s part gallery, part unique gift shop, part men’s shop, part women’s shop all with very unique and wonderful art and clothing. I have purchased many gifts for family and friends there over the years, even some gifts and clothes for myself. I am so excited to share that my Earth Spirit Vessels are now being carried by Nimbus.

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

I am so thrilled to have my Earth Spirit Vessels at Nimbus! It’s such an ego boost. Nimbus has a contemporary feel and I think my Earth Spirit Vessels fit right in with the other art on display there.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

I’m still bouncing off the ceiling with excitement. They will also be taking a bunch of my paper covered pencils. It feels so good to have people I respect want to carry my art.

Nimbus’ website: Nimbus 
More about my Earth Spirit Vessels: Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

This past week I’ve been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape. The first paste papers I made this summer were for Dreamscape. They are various shades of purple along with some gold.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

I love the combination of the purples with black, dramatic, powerful and beautiful. As I was putting the pieces together, the name Dreamscape popped into my mind. I think it’s perfect for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Paper Dahlia Wreath

My friend, Beverly, grows the most amazing dahlias. She has always shared her dahlias with me, until this year. My dahlia supply has dried up since Beverly is now traveling in her motorhome for the next year or so. Great for Beverly, but I’ve been missing my dahlias.

Finished dahlia wreath on my front door.

Finished dahlia wreath on my front door.

So, when I saw some dahlia wreaths on the internet, I had to jump in and try to make one of my own. I felt that yellows felt right for summer. And, by wonderful coincidence, I happened to have a treasure trove of the perfect yellow color papers.

I used my dinner plate as a template to cut the base for my dahlia wreath. The two yellow colored paper cones were glued to the base to make the dahlia flower petals.

I used my dinner plate as a template for the base for my wreath. The yellow paper cones are waiting to be glued to the base to become the dahlia flower petals.

I started by cutting a circle of cardboard. One of my dinner plates looked like the perfect size for the base of my wreath. It turned out to be 10.25″ in diameter. I cut lots of yellow 4″ squares of paper in both light and bright yellow. These I rolled into paper cones (see photos) and glued the paper with glue stick.

The beginning of my dahlia wreath.

The beginning of my dahlia wreath. I’m using a glue gun to glue the cones to the cardboard base.

I punched 2 holes in the cardboard backing and laced ribbon through it. That will be how the hanger when the wreath is finished.

The first row of paper cones is now glued on the cardboard base.

The first row of paper cones is now glued on the cardboard base.

It took an awful lot of paper cones. If I make another dahlia wreath, I think I will make the cones a little larger so I won’t need quite so many.

Second row of paper cones glued.

Second row of paper cones glued.

I flattened the cones slightly and glued the first row about an inch in from the edge, using a glue gun. I glued the second row about an inch in from the first.

For the third row, I changed to a lighter yellow cone.

For the third row, I changed to a lighter yellow cone.

After two rows of the yellow, I changed to a lighter yellow for the rest of the wreath. I’m still flattening the bottoms and gluing in about 1″ from the previous row.

Four rows of paper cones have now been glued to the cardboard base.

Four rows of paper cones have now been glued to the cardboard base.

After completing 4 rows of paper cones, I added another row, this time gluing them in a little further than in the previous rows. The result is that the cones are just a little shorter than in the previous rows.

Here I've added a couple more rows to the dahlia wreath.

Here I’ve glued a fifth row of paper cones to the dahlia wreath.

After the fifth row, I cut my papers in 3″ squares rather than the 4″ squares of the previous rows. I kept putting the new cones in until there was no more room. The wreath was finished. I just tied the ribbon on the back to the right length and hung my wreath.

My finished dahlia wreath.

My finished paper dahlia wreath.

I love it!

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

 

Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

I’m finally getting back to working on my Earth Spirit Vessels. Making a vessel is actually quite a long process. First I have to decide on my colors. Sometimes I paint my paper (usually paste papers of my chosen colors) and sometimes I use the archival papers without painting them.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude, is made from 504 pieces of hand folded paper, 196 of which are blue and silver hand painted paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude, is made from 504 pieces of hand folded paper, 196 of which are blue and silver hand painted paste papers.

After choosing my colors, I cut my paper from its original 19″ by 25″ into 2″ by 4″ pieces. I take 25 of those papers and choose the quotes and inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature that I want to include in that piece. Then I write those quotes in calligraphy on the 25 pieces of paper and take photographs of the calligraphy.

One of the pieces of calligraphy that is folded into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

One of the pieces of calligraphy that is folded into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these quotes, inspirations and prayers are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself.

These are all the calligraphy quotes that are included within Earth Spirit, Vessel, Gratitude.

These are all the calligraphy quotes that are included within Earth Spirit, Vessel, Gratitude.

Then it’s time to fold the paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times. I have to space the folding out over many days to avoid injury to my hands from the repetitive motions of folding so many papers.

Folded and non folded painted paste paper waiting to be made into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

Folded and non-folded painted paste paper waiting to be made into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. Each piece of paper starts out as a 2″ by 4″ rectangle.

Finally it’s time to build the vessel. I build one row at a time. After placing and carefully adjusting a row, I then go around and glue each piece of folded paper in place. I can make vessels without glue, but then it’s easy to transform their shape as well as to take apart. So far, no one has wanted a vessel that hasn’t been glued.

This is the beginning of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. This shows what the inside of the vessel looks like.

This is the beginning of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. This shows what the inside of the vessel looks like.

This is a close up of the inside of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

This is a close up of the inside of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

After finishing placing and then gluing each piece in place, I make a bottom for each vessel out of a slab of burl wood. I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. I then glue my burl wood bottom in place and sign the piece.

This photo is looking directly into Earth Spirit, Balance. You can see the burl wood that is the bottom of the vessel.

This photo is looking directly into Earth Spirit, Balance. You can see the burl wood that is the bottom of the vessel.

After the vessel is finished, I photograph it and make a 6″ by 6″ documentation to go with the finished vessel. I include photographs of the calligraphy that has been folded into the vessel, a photograph of the vessel, the name of the vessel, the number of pieces of folded papers used to make the vessel and other documentation for that piece.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

This is the documentation that was made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

The process can take a couple of weeks up to a few months from start to finish.

This Earth Spirit Vessel contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Broken Wing, contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper. It was a custom order is the largest vessel I have made to date

Other blog posts on my Earth Spirit Vessels:
Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show
New Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessels

Every time it looks as though things are going to slow down so I can devote more time to my art, my life seems to speed up. As I finished these two Earth Spirit Vessels this past week, I realized I’d been working on them since late December.

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

I’m not complaining. Lots of wonderful things are going on in my life and wonderful opportunities coming my way. Life is good.

Earth Spirit Vessel - Sacred Journey

Earth Spirit Vessel – Sacred Journey

One of my goals for the next few month is to spend more time in my studio. With the spring weather, I think my studio is going to expand to include my porch. With such lovely weather, I want to enjoy being outside before it gets too warm to work out there.

Enjoy, Candy

The Papier Mâché Project

2014 Papier Mache Project 7

2014 Papier Mache Project 2Every once in a while I get an urge to write a fairy tale based on reality. I have written a number of them over the years. It’s not something I set out to do, it’s just an idea that pops into my head and I write it down. You will understand what I mean by a fairy tale based on reality after reading the one I’m sharing with you today.

Once upon a time there lived Mother Artist, Stepfather Artist, Mother Artist’s two sons, and an Evil Art Professor. One assignment from the Evil Art Professor seemed simple enough: papier mâché something in one class period. Mother Artist knew the Evil Art Professor would make the assignment last a week or two, so she decided to foil the Evil Art Professor.

2014 Papier Mache Project 3Mother Artist decided to find something that could be papier mâchéd for one class only. Later that day her eyes fell on Stepfather Artist and her two Sons. Stepfather Artist was too big. It would take too long to papier mâché him, besides he had to go to work. Little Son was too fidgety. He couldn’t stay still long enough to be papier mâchéd. But Older Son was just right.

Mother Artist took Older Son to Art Class the next day, which he didn’t mind because it let him miss school. Mother Artist began by having Older Son dress in shorts. Then Mother Artist coated Older Son in Vaseline to make sure the papier mâché wouldn’t stick to him. Older Son then had to put on Long Johns to protect himself even more.

2014 Papier Mache Project 4Mother Artist began to papier mâché Older Son with newspapers. Mother Artist soon finished Older Son’s legs and torso. Now he couldn’t stand up. It was a good thing Older Son didn’t have to go to the bathroom.

Mother Artist then started on Older Son’s arms. Soon all that was left was Older Son’s head.

After completing Older Son’s neck and the top of his head, Mother Artist started on the finishing touch; Maps! Mother Artist covered the papier mâchéd Older Son with some of Stepfather Artist’s old maps.

2014 Papier Mache Project 5But Older Son was willing to undergo torture for Mother Artist. He said, “Don’t stop Mother Artist! I will allow you to finish papier mâchéing my head so that the Evil Art Professor can’t find anything wrong with your assignment.” And so Mother Artist papier mâchéd Older Son’s face.

As a finishing touch, Mother Artist put on a map heart from San Francisco,  and soon it was just right.

Older Son got his reward. He got to miss school while he was being papier mâchéd. While he was cleaning up, Mother Artist had the pictures she had taken of him developed at a One Hour Photo Shop. When Older Son got back to School, he got to show all his classmates how he helped foil the Evil Art Professor’s plan to keep Mother Artist working in class for the next week or two!

2014 Papier Mache ProjectAnd Mother Artist got her reward too. The Evil Art Professor had no choice but to give her an A, and she had the next week and a half off  while her classmates were stuck working for the Evil Art Professor.

And for some reason, Older Son never volunteered to help Mother Artist on her art projects ever again.

The End

 

2014 Papier Mache Project 6I made this little fairy tale into a book and gave a copy to “Older Son.”

Maybe this will inspire you to write fairy tales based on reality. It’s fun. Why not give it a try?

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 17, 2014

I am still working on my Earth Spirit Vessel custom order for a friend. As I have said before, this is the largest vessel I’ve made to date. I am now working on the burl wood base for the vessel. I need to make sure the bottom is round and stable before I finish the top couple of rows.

The bandsaw is stopped here as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

The band saw is stopped as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

Luckily I have the use of a wonderful wood shop in which to work. I haven’t mastered the use of all the tools that are available, but I do know how to use the ones that are required to make the bottom of my vessels.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. They were nice enough to cut some great looking burl wood into slabs for me.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

Next, I want to make sure the circle is round and the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it's all the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it’s all the same thickness.

I now have put the circle into the center of my vessel. It’s pretty stable and round, so I can now finish putting on the top couple of rows of folded paper.

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I will be adding one more piece of burl wood which will extend over the first row of folded paper.

I name all my vessels and this vessel now has its name, Broken Wing. It’s in memory of a goose that lived at the pond of the future home of this vessel.

To see more of my building the vessel: Studio Snapshot of the starting of Earth Spirit Vessel Broken Wing.

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

In August I had a show in the Studio Artist Gallery at the Ashland Art Center. Everything I showed was done with paste papers. I just realized that I hadn’t posted photos of the show. I got too busy with my move and totally forgot. So, here are some photos of the Earth Spirit Vessels that were in the show.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

What are paste papers? The short answer is that I combine pigment (I use acrylic paint) with paste (I cook my own and also use methyl cellulose) and apply it to wet or damp paper (think of finger painting). That’s the short version. If you want more information, check out these posts:
Making Paste Papers: Part One
Making Paste Papers: Part Two

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper. All the pieces for the show have burl wood bottoms as you can see here.

What makes my vessels Earth Spirit Vessels is that within 25 of the folded papers are hand-calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded, they are made a part of the vessel and not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. I include documentation with each Earth Spirit Vessel which includes photos of the calligraphy which in included in the vessel.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

 

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper. The brown and golden color with gold flecks is paste paper.

You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels on these posts:
Earth Spirit Vessels
 New Earth Spirit Vessels

Enjoy, Candy