Category Archives: Studio

My Inspiration Wall

The two things in my studio that got the most attention during the Ashland Open Studio Tour this past weekend were my art supplies packed into a “bar” and my magnetic cords that I use for my vision or inspiration wall. I’ve already showed my art supplies “bar”, so today I’m sharing my inspiration wall.

My Inspiration Wall is three magnetic cables with tiny magnets to hold my paper art and ideas.

My Inspiration Wall is three magnetic cables with tiny magnets to hold my paper art and ideas.

First, I have a confession. I clutter. However, I don’t like clutter. So, my clutter tends to be down on the floor while my walls and the area I look at regularly look pretty good. The thought of having a bulletin board that, knowing me, would turn into a mass of clutter, wasn’t something I could live with. So I lived without an inspiration wall for years. Until, I found these wonderful magnetic cables.

Close up of chiyogami paper samples that remind me of autumn.

Close up: chiyogami paper samples that remind me of autumn.

I have 3 of these wonderful cables in my studio, right next to my drafting table. I hung my magnetic cables on white cup hooks. They are so easy to change out whatever inspires me at the moment, or something I don’t want to forget to do, like correspondence or a project I’m mulling around in my mind.

Used tea bags. I have no idea what these will turn into, but I just love the stained, muted colors and textures.

Close up: used tea bags. I have no idea what these will turn into, but I just love the stained, muted colors and textures.

The cables come in blue, pink and lime green. They have heavy duty little magnets that really grip the magnetic cord. You can also buy extra magnets if you like. One little magnet easily holds a regular sized manilla file folder, so they really are powerful little magnets.

I found them at Paper and Ink Arts (online). They were $8.00 each, plus shipping. Paper and Ink Arts just updated their website and although they were on their website two days ago, I can’t find them today. I suggest calling them and asking about them if you are interested in buying some.

For photos of my “art” bar: Studio Organization

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 – Learning My New Camera

I bought a new camera this week. While I love my little iPod touch’s camera, I have been asked to send higher quality images of my art to be printed in books and catalogs. So, much of this past week has been spent getting to know my new camera.

All the photos on this blog post (except this one) were taken with this camera.

All the photos on this blog post (except this one) were taken with this camera.

So, here is what I’ve been taking photos of this past week. Some shots are from my studio and some from a couple of local shops here in Ashland, Oregon.

Two shelves in my home studio.

Two shelves in my home studio.

My last high quality camera used film. Technology has changed a lot since then. The number of menu options is mindboggling. But as the past week progressed, I learned enough to take photos and get them on to my computer so I could check them out in Photoshop.

Two shelves in my home studio.

Two shelves in my home studio.

While it will take a long time to get to really know what is possible with this camera, I think I’ve got the basics down enough to take acceptable photos to send to publications. And that was my goal.

My "orange" shelf in my studio.

“Orange” shelf in my home studio.

I realize I have just scratched the surface with learning how to use my camera. Looking at the instruction booklet, it looks as though there are 128 different menu options that I can use. That’s not counting the numerous dials and buttons.

Two shelves from my home studio.

Two shelves in my home studio.

I’m sure I’ll become more confident using my camera as I get more practice.

My latest tea bag folded rosette.

I’m still playing with folding tea bag wrappers. Here’s a look at my latest rosette.

For those of you who are interested, I got a Sony a6000. I told my camera guru what I wanted to use the camera for, and this is what he recommended. I am pleased my the results so far.

Paper yarn from one of my favorite shops, Websters, in Ashland, Oregon.

Paper yarn from one of my favorite shops, Websters, in Ashland, Oregon.

The photos above and below are two shops in Ashland. They both graciously allowed me to take photos of some paper products they had in their shop. Obviously, I have more to learn about taking quality photos, but I hope you enjoy seeing what they have to offer.

Marbled paper bags from Jupiter Row in Ashland, Oregon.

Marbled paper bags from Jupiter Row in Ashland, Oregon.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Making Paste Papers For The Month Of August

This week I cleared out my garage and set it up to make paste papers. I do this each summer, usually in August, when it’s hot and my paste papers can dry quickly. I cooked my favorite archival paste recipe, added acrylic paints and started making my paste papers.

I turned my garage into my paste paper studio for the month of August.

I turned my garage into my paste paper studio for the month of August.

The above photo shows how I set up my garage in order to make paste papers. There is my work station in the center with an “in progress” paste paper. The wet of the paste shows more as a glare in the photo. I have my water bath set up behind my paste paper. My drying racks are in the back of the photo.

The paste papers I made day 1. They dry rather wrinkled and need to be ironed.

The paste papers I made day 1. They dry rather wrinkled and need to be ironed.

After the paste papers are dried, they need to be ironed. The pile in the above photo are from my first day of making paste papers. They will be ironed with a dry iron. I put them in a pillowcase or between two pieces of cloth when I iron them and put a wooden board beneath the cloth.

I will show further updates on my paste paper making throughout the month.

For more information on the making of paste papers, check out these two blog posts of mine:
Making Paste Papers – Part One
Making Paste Papers – Part Two

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 10, 2014

Usually I work from the studio in my home. Sometimes I work at my studio in the Ashland Art Center. Occasionally, as this past week when I was traveling, I take my studio with me. So I thought I’d share what I took with me on my latest 4 day trip to Portland.

These are the art supplies I took with me on my latest trip. They fit nicely into a small bag.

These are the art supplies I took with me on my latest trip. They fit nicely into a small bag.

I traveled by car and stayed with a friend. I knew I’d have 2 to 3 hours a day available for art. I had to decide what would pack well and not make too much of a mess at my friend’s house or in my car.

I am just practicing here. When traveling I take my cartridge brush pen and my cartridge parallel pens.

I am just practicing here. When traveling I take my cartridge brush pen and my cartridge parallel pens.

I try and practice calligraphy daily. I don’t always manage to practice for as long as I would like, but I do try to do some calligraphy every day. For traveling, I like to take my cartridge parallel pens. With cartridges, they are not messy. I also like to take a cartridge Pentel brush pen. I don’t like to travel with dip pens and open jars of ink. I’ve had my fill of spilled ink and I certainly don’t want to have an accident while traveling.

Using a cutting mat on a clipboard, I am able to fold while riding as a passenger in the car. You can see the seat belt on the lower right hand of the photo. I am always looking for ways to sneak in a little more folding for my vessels.

Using a cutting mat on a clipboard, I was able to fold while riding as a passenger in the car. You can see the seat belt on the lower right hand of the photo. I am always looking for ways to sneak in a little more folding for my vessels.

Folding paper is an easy travel activity. It doesn’t take up much space and I can do it for either short or long periods of time. I just pack a clipboard, a cutting mat (I like the semi-soft surface for folding), the paper to fold and something to put the folded paper into once it has been folded.

I never know when I'm going to want to sketch something, someone, or some idea.

I never know when I’m going to want to sketch something, someone, or some idea.

I never know what I might spark my interest on a trip, so I like to always pack a sketchbook. Along with the sketchbook, for this trip I took regular and watercolor pencils. Sometimes I take a travel watercolor set.

Pencils, pen, watercolor pencils, and a pad to doodle on.

Pencils, pen, watercolor pencils, and a pad to doodle on.

Although not exactly a studio item, I always travel with a camera. My camera of choice while traveling is my iPod touch. It’s so small, it can go anywhere I go. I never know when I will see something to spark my imagination.

These are the supplies spread out at my friend's house in Portland. They really don't take up too much space.

These are the supplies spread out at my friend’s house in Portland. They really don’t take up too much space, but allow me to take a little of my studio with me.

What art supplies do you travel with?

Happy travels, Candy

 

 

I’m Back Working In My Studio Again

It feels so good to be working in my studio again. Moving has taken up most of my time for the past couple of months. Last weekend I had a big giveaway of art supplies, paper and art at my house. I got rid of ever so much stuff. The remainder I boxed up and donated to a local school. Now my studio is clean and uncluttered. When I got up early this morning, I could hear my studio calling me.

Fun and easy project! Cover a small composition book with paste paper. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Fun and easy project! Cover a small composition book with paste paper. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

The first thing I did was throw away my old, very worn cutting mat. It was in too bad of shape to even give away. Now I have a wonderful new blue cutting mat sitting on my white drafting table. My knife blade just glides over the surface as it cuts.

I'm loving my new blue mat. My knife glides so easily while I'm cutting.

I’m loving my new blue mat. My knife glides so easily while I’m cutting.

I had to put a couple commissions on hold while I concentrated on the move, but now, with my studio up and running again, I can get back to them. I still have a moving sale to work on for this weekend, but the move itself is almost complete. It feels so good to have both a studio and a kitchen that I can use again.

This is some left over paper I had from making one of my Boxes for Chocolate. I took black paper, dribbled white acrylic paint on it, then rolled a coil through the paint. Now I'm playing with the idea of using the paper for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Black paper, dribbled white acrylic paint, then rolled with a coil that I used for one of my Boxes for Chocolates. Now I’m thinking this technique would work well for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have a lot to get caught up on, but it feels so good to be working at my art again. It won’t be too long before I am working on all the new ideas I came up with while I was moving.

This is the beginning of a joint venture in collaboration with a group of artists. We will be passing the books around to one another each month. This will be my first time making altered books.

This is the beginning of a joint venture in collaboration with a group of artists. We will be passing the books around to one another each month. This is my first time working with altered books.

Happy creating, Candy

 

My Favorite Tools

Tools I use in my art include  not only pens and pencils and rulers, but also technology. I use an iPod Touch as my camera and photoshop to make sure my photos look like the real thing when I post them on my blog.

Tools I use in my art include not only pens and pencils and rulers, but also technology. I use an iPod Touch as my camera and Photoshop to make sure my photos look like the real thing when I post them on my blog.

For the month of March, I shared a tool a day on my Facebook page. It was fun watching people’s reactions over the course of the month. The responses I received have encouraged me to share with you some of my favorite tools. I hope you find it interesting.

These are my four essential tools: bone folder, Olfa knife, straight edge and cutting mat.

These are my four essential tools: bone folder, Olfa knife, straight edge and cutting mat.

My top four essential tools for the overwhelming majority of my paper arts are bone folders, my trusty Olfa knife, my cutting mats and a good quality straight edge. At least one (if not all) of these tools see use on a daily basis. And with all four, I can do almost any of my paper projects.

This is my favorite ink pot. It's just the perfect depth for dipping my pens into.

This is my favorite ink holder. I just learned that it’s called an inkwell and that what it’s held in is known as an inkstand. It’s just the perfect depth for dipping my pens into.

As a calligrapher, I find myself using ink a lot with my dip pens. Dipping my pen into the bottle of ink is usually messy. This my favorite ink holder. It was left to me by a dear friend many years ago. I believe it’s an antique. I love to use my inkwell because the ink is just the right depth and I don’t get it all over my fingers (quite as much) as when I use the ink bottle itself.

I use quite a variety of pencils, including double pencils.

I use quite a variety of pencils, including double pencils.

I use so many pencils, lots of different pencils for different projects. Most of you, unless you are fellow calligraphers, probably haven’t made or used double pencils. My double pencils are the ones on the right, held together with rubber bands.

Double pencils are used for practicing calligraphy to see more clearly if you have the correct pen angle, branching and other things calligraphers are so interested in improving. I’ve photographed the pencils on a piece of my practice paper I filled with my double pencils.

For seeing tiny details, these are great.

For seeing tiny details, these are great.

Okay, I have to admit it. Sometimes, such as when I am working with tiny lettering or cutting tiny pieces out of a piece of paper, I need to see just a little more clearly. A magnifying glass requires the use of one of my hands and I usually need both for my projects. So, here are the glasses I use in my home studio. I have purple ones for my studio at the Ashland Art Center. They don’t need to be colorful, but it’s fun that they are.

When I need to punch a hole, or lots of holes, this Japanese Hole Punch can't be beat.

When I need to punch a hole, or lots of holes, this Japanese Hole Punch can’t be beat.

My Japanese Hole Punch has interchangeable punches that enable me to punch from 1mm to 4mm holes in paper. I don’t know what I ever did without this tool.

This is my board shear. It will cut paper or mat board or davy board.

This is my board shear. It will cut paper or mat board or davy board.

This is my “paper cutter.” It’s actually a board shear that I bought and had to have shipped from the east coast. It has a foot pedal to clamp down and hold the paper or board while it is cut. I can cut paper or boards for making books up to 29″ in length (or width).

This board shear is what I use to cut the paper I use to make my Earth Spirit Vessels. In the board shear right now is the black paper I’m cutting for my next vessel. The paper starts out 18-3/4″ by 24-3/4″ with four deckled edges. After I’ve squared it and cut the width to 18″,  I’ll cut it into 4″ by 18″ strips, then cut those strips into 2″ by 4″ pieces of paper ready to fold.

This is my camera. It's actually an iPod Touch that I use as my camera. Most all of the photos in my blog have been taken with my iPod Touch.

This is my camera. It’s actually an iPod Touch with a camera built in. Most all of the photos in my blog have been taken with my iPod Touch.

One of my tools is my iPod Touch’s camera which I use to photograph my art. I set up a large piece of watercolor paper in the corner of my living room where there are both east and south facing windows. I put the subject of the photo on it and use my iPod Touch for my camera. This photo is of my one of my latest vessels. In this photo the top row of folded paper hasn’t been glued to the rest of the vessel. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that it’s not quite straight.

People don't usually think of cattails as tools, but they make great inexpensive pens.

People don’t usually think of cattails as tools, but they make great inexpensive pens.

Cattails make great inexpensive pens. I made around 25 of them and taught calligraphy to a 6th grade class once. The teacher had ink and paper, but no pens and no money to buy pens. So I went out and picked cattails. Using a knife, I cut the cattail to make an edged pen point. Put the cattail in ink, then write. By changing the width of the edge, you can make your “pens” write differently. It can be a fun change, even for professional calligraphers.

My book press might be small, but it's just perfect for my purposes.

My book press might be small, but it’s just perfect for my purposes.

When I’m making books, my book press comes in very handy. Before I had my book press I had to resort to hauling around heavy books and various weights. I even went so far as to purchase 50 pounds of lead shot which I stored in plastic vitamin jars (once the vitamins were gone, of course). They still come in handy when I am trying to weigh something down, like gluing the burl wood bases for my Earth Spirit Vessels. Though I don’t think I need need quite so many.

Which doesn't belong, yellow coat hanger, knitting needles or lead shot as one of my paper arts tools?

Which doesn’t belong, yellow coat hanger, knitting needles or lead shot as one of my paper arts tools?

I have a reputation, within my family, for using things as tools in ways they weren’t originally made for. The lead shot I used for weights is one example. Another was the knitting needles I used in bookbinding before I had my metal edged boards to make indentations, or creases, for the opening of hardback books. So when I put 25 yellow plastic clothes hangers on my Christmas Wish List one year, my parents wondered how I was planning on using them in bookbinding, and why they needed to be yellow. The fact that I actually wanted to use them for their intended purpose never occurred to them.

I have a friend who sometimes wants to borrow tools. He has learned to describe the tool in detail without naming it, because I may have it, but know it only as a bookbinding or paste paper tool.  Examples include a carpenters square, wood chisels, calipers and putty knives, which I have finally learned the official names for. There are many others which are simply “my bookbinding tools.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the tools I use in my paper art.

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Organization

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It's been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It’s been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

My friend, Wanda, shared a photo last week of her newly cleaned and organized studio. I was envious of her beautiful environment in which to start the new year. Wanda’s photo gave me the push I needed, and I’ve spent the past three days working on cleaning and organizing my home studio along with the associated storage closets in the hall, garage and guest bedroom.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. It has a marble top that opens to rest on the doors. And it's on wheels too. I think it is a must for every artist's studio.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. The bar has a marble top that opens to rest on the open doors. And it’s on wheels too. I think it’s a must for every artist’s studio.

This morning, I arose to a completely cleared off drafting table. Ah, bliss! I have been happily working for hours. My projects are all in nice clear plastic boxes, all with labels on them. I love clear plastic boxes for storage. Being able to see inside the boxes is important for me, even when they’re labeled.

Although I have many ways and places to store my supplies, today I’m sharing my favorite, the bar my parents gave me when they moved about 15 years ago. It didn’t fit their new home. I immediately put it in my art studio, and although I have moved twice since, it has always had a prime location in my home studio.

What’s your favorite way to organize your studio or your art supplies?

Enjoy, Candy

For continuing inspiration, you can check out my Facebook page where every day this month I am posting a photo of a heart or hearts.

Studio With New Wall Completed

Here’s the new wall with my “new” display unit with glass shelves.

I really love the way my Studio turned out! It feels so good to work in.

Here are some photos of my studio with my new wall, new glass shelving unit, and the studio mostly painted (still a tad of finishing work to be done).

I thought this would be a simple project. I found the display unit at a recycled furniture store. However, it needed to be secured to a wall and the wall I wanted it to be placed against was stepped. So put up a new wall. Paint it gray. Then the rest of the studio needed to be painted. And of course, the displays needed to be moved around and artwork needed to be changed too.

Another view with my drafting table showing.

I suppose one of the reasons things took longer than I anticipated had to do with a trip to Eastern Oregon and Idaho and a show that I was preparing for. More on my trip to Eastern Oregon in future posts. New inspiration and new art will be forthcoming.

I still need to add something to the white wall that was just painted, but that’s for another day.

I’m excited to be working in my “new” Studio. Time to start playing again!!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Under Mini Renovation

My studio is undergoing a mini renovation. It started with a wonderful find of a really tall shelving display unit with seven adjustable glass shelves. The only problem was that the space I wanted to put it had a major step and I couldn’t attach the shelving unit to the wall. I got permission to rebuild the wall. Well, things always seem to take longer than expected.

This is going to be my new wall.

The First Friday Art Walk is in less than three days and I really want my studio back in working order by then. Paul assures me that he can have my wall finished and the shelving unit attached to the wall by 5 pm on Friday. I may be painting the wall Friday morning and hopefully it will have time enough to dry.

The dry wall for the wall is being cut.

Paul already made me a shelf/desk that sits over the stairs. I love it! When I got the opportunity to have a little more studio space I invited him to join me in my studio. He hasn’t decided what he wants to make yet. I am keeping him too busy building walls and shelves for him to do much art right now.

My new shelf/desk that Paul designed and built.

Art Walk starts at 5 pm on Friday. If you’re in the area, please stop by.

Enjoy, Candy