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2017 Has Been My Year Of Grieving

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing a lot of blog posts this past year. I’ve still been doing art, though not as much as usual. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of personal grieving from the loss of some very dear loved ones to problems with my near vision that three eye operations have yet to improve.

The leaf of the ginkgo tree symbolizes longevity. I used gold leaf on 4″ square board. I lettered “longevity” using a white gel pen.

When you add that to traveling a good part of the year in a 19.5′ van, you may understand why my blogs have been few and far between. Now, however, I feel rested and ready to put more time into my blogging again.

This was a small little practice piece I did while practicing my Romans. The red is simply red colored pencil.

The photos here are some of the art I’ve done in the past 6 months. I’ll post more detailed information about some of them in future blog posts.

Card and envelope with petroglyph inspired design from my travels.

Looking forward to an invigorating and art filled 2018, 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

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 – 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 – 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

Josie’s Story – Introducing Art On The Go!

A few years ago Fred purchased a Roadtrek RV with money from an inheritance he received from his mother. He named his new Roadtrek Josephine, in memory of his mother. After a few years of traveling all over the country, Fred decided to sell Josephine and spend time with his new grandchild.

This is Josie on her maiden voyage with us. Larger than our old VW van, but still limited in space for art supplies.

This is Josie on her maiden voyage with us. Larger than our old VW van, but still limited in space for art supplies.

Around Mother’s Day, my partner, Paul, decided to purchase Fred’s Roadtrek with money Paul from an inheritance he received from his mother. We flew to Arizona and Paul bought Josephine, who with Fred’s permission, is now called Josie.

Although the actual sale occurred 4 days after Mother’s Day, we have decided to celebrate every Mother’s Day by taking Josie someplace special in memory of both Fred’s and Paul’s mothers.

Josie is only 19’ long, so she can fit in downtown parking spaces. I confirmed this when I met my sister-in-law and niece for pizza in Redlands, California on my trip back to Oregon from southern Arizona where Paul purchased Josie. Luckily there was diagonal parking in Redlands, so I didn’t have to try my hand at parallel parking. I’m not quite ready for that yet.

Josie is definitely larger than our old 1987 VW camper, but there’s still only so much room available for things like art supplies. I have one cabinet in Josie dedicated to art supplies. Unfortunately, I only get half of that cabinet because Paul seems to think he should get some space for his art supplies too. Since he’s the one who purchased Josie, I’ve decided to relent and give him some of the space.

This past week we spent 3 days learning a few of the intricacies of how use an RV. We feel we’ve barely scratched the surface. We have figured out the basics, like the refrigerator, stove, water and sewer. We’re still struggling with some of the electric. And we made numerous trips home to get things we forgot or didn’t know we needed. Luckily we were smart enough to camp only a few miles from home.

Our first visitor while camping, Sammy the Snake.

Our first visitor while camping, Sammy the Snake.

Now for the art part of this story, which starts with space constraints. It’s really, really hard not to have my entire studio at my fingertips. It means I have to plan ahead before we head out on a trip. I have a spontaneous nature, so this is a bit difficult for me. I figure others may suffer from the same condition, so I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog posts called Art On The Go!

Paul is working on his jewelry in the shade of Josie's awning.

Paul, working on his jewelry in the shade of Josie’s awning.

It is under this new category that I will talk about the art I do while traveling as well as tools and materials I use while traveling. I’ll try new things and tell you what works for me and what doesn’t. I want to encourage others to chime in with suggestions.

Happy Creating, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – I Love You Accordion Card Books

For over a month I’ve been busy with family and helping my dad downsize and move. This has left me with little time to make art. The result is that I haven’t been replacing the art that has sold out of my studio.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books. Each one is hand lettered with watercolor and gold accents.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books.

This week I realized I sold out of my I Love You Accordion Card Books. I guess they were popular for Valentine’s Day gifts. So this week I worked on making three new ones. I won’t put them all in my studio at once. I’ll keep a couple here in my studio at home.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

It feels good to be back in my studio again. Although my current schedule is still pretty busy, I’m hoping to be able to carve out a couple of hours a day to work on my art. I’ve been missing it.

I Love You Accordion Card Books.

I Love You Accordion Card Books. Because each book is an original, they are all just a little different.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

Good People Artist Book by Camille Riner

If you enjoy either miniature books or artist books, you should check out the books made by Camille Riner. I made her Tiny Winter Walk Book from a digital file earlier this year and wrote about it on this blog. Now she has come out with a new book, Good People.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.

I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out and proof the file for her new book, Good People. This is a colorful, two sided nesting accordion book.

The first step was to print out the covers and pages for the text.

The first step was to print, then cut out the covers and pages for the text.

Following Camille’s written instructions with lots of illustrations, I came up with two accordion folded sections which are nested and glued together to make a wonderful little book.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven't been attached yet.

The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven’t been attached yet.

I had never made this type of accordion book before. I enjoyed making the book. Camille’s instructions and illustrations made it a breeze. It looks more complicated to make than it really is.

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!

Camille has designed and made a number of delightful little artist books. I encourage you to check out her website: CamilleRiner.com.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

Good People Artist Book shown open.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Camille’s work, just click on “shop” from her website.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.

I will include a link to where you can purchase the downloadable book once it is available. NOTE: This book is now available as an instant download from Camille’s Etsy shop –  Good People Downloadable Book.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Folded Paper Jewelry

This past week I’ve been working on different colors and designs for folded paper necklaces with matching earrings. I’ve come up with 5 designs that I like.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Peacock."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Peacock.”

I made these folded paper necklaces and earrings are for our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale which takes place on November 21.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Cotton Candy."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Cotton Candy.”

I got the idea for this folded paper jewelry from the Earth Spirit Vessels I’ve been making. It took me a while to find colorful fade resistant paper that I could use to make this jewelry. I love what I found!

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Limeade."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade.”

I had a lot of fun naming my jewelry. I wanted names that were descriptive of the colors I used to make them. I came up with Peacock, Cotton Candy, Limeade, Fire and Alabaster.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Fire."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Fire.”

A friend of mine says that I should market these pieces as Travel Jewelry. They are beautiful and unique, yet are inexpensive and could be easily replace if lost or stolen.

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Alabaster."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Alabaster.”

Enjoy, Candy

Calligraphy Workshop – Big Words for Big Ideas In Your Journal by Marilyn Reaves

This past week I took Marilyn Reaves’ 2-day workshop, Big Words for Big Ideas In Your Journal. We played with pointed brush and flat brush alphabets for headings for our journal pages.

Journal page by Marilyn Reaves.

Journal page by Marilyn Reaves.

After we all drooled over Marilyn’s beautiful journals, we started by working with the pointed brush and watercolors. Then we switched to the flat brush and gouache. Marilyn likes to use watercolors with the pointed brush, but thinks the flat brush needs the consistency of gouache to make the best letters.

Vicci's practice sheet of the various alphabets we worked with.

Vicci’s sample sheet of the various alphabets we worked with.

We practiced pointed brush lower case and upper case letters, then switched to the Zebra alphabet which is made with multiple strokes with a pointed brush. We shifted to the flat brush for Uplift and two variations of Neuland, one of which we renamed Chinky Neuland rather than New Neuland.

Marilyn demonstrating the Uplift alphabet.

Marilyn demonstrating the Uplift alphabet.

From top to bottom: Chinky Neuland, Zebra, Uplift, Neuland and pointed brush all done by Chris.

From top to bottom: Chinky Neuland, Zebra, Uplift, Neuland and pointed brush all done by Trisha.

Day two of the workshop started with flat brush script, Jovial (lower case) and Bluebird Brush Caps. These are loose and casual and made with one stroke when possible.

Marilyn Reaves demonstrating Bluebird Brush Caps.

Marilyn Reaves demonstrating Bluebird Brush Caps.

After playing with all those different alphabets, it was time to incorporate them with sketches and a bit of writing in our journals. Marilyn demonstrated various ways to sketch images in our journals.

Marilyn demonstrating multiple ways to sketch pears.

Marilyn demonstrating multiple ways to sketch pears.

Now it was our turn to sketch in our journals. Our homework had been to take a 30″ by 40″ piece of Arches text wove and tear it into pages for our journal. We could choose whatever size of page we wanted for our journals.

Vicci's sketch of a glass bottle. Note the information on the right of the page showing the colors she used.

Vicci’s sketch of a perfume bottle. Note the information on the right of the page showing the colors she used.

One of our exercises was to create a focal point with a single work or phrase and from there build a lively journal page. We looked at ways to combine elements and fine a means to integrate the whole journal page.

Bugs journal page done by Cynthia.

Bugs journal page done by Cynthia.

Marilyn emphasized that we can make our journal be a reflection of our life in emphatic or quiet words and simple images. We looked at playing with colored pencils, pens (both waterproof and not) and other materials to use to make our journal pages.

Eleanor hung little pen and watercolor dangles from her Chinky Neuland letters.

Eleanor hung little pen and watercolor dangles from her Chinky Neuland letters.

We looked at how to carry tools for creating journal pages while we travel. Marilyn gave all of us a tiny metal case for us to put our watercolors in while traveling.

Cynthia's moon journal page.

Cynthia’s moon journal page.

Marilyn demonstrated the difference between Intense pencils and watercolor pencils. Intense pencils (once dry) glaze over and don’t pick up the color that’s underneath. Watercolor pencils will pick up the color underneath.

Pear journal page (in progress) by Chris. Note the color pallet on the right that she will be able to refer to at a later date.

Pear journal page (in progress) by Chris. Note the color pallet on the right that she will be able to refer to at a later date.

Marilyn did a marvelous job. We covered a lot of information in just two days. There’s so much more I want to explore using these techniques. Thanks, Marilyn!

Happy Creating, 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 – Congratulations Accordion Card Books

This week I realized that a year ago, I was attending my niece’s graduation from USC where she received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations. That reminded me that it’s graduation time again. So, I decided I needed to make some more of my “congratulations” card books.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book. Is it a card or a book? It's both.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book. Is it a card or a book? It’s both.

I call it a card book because it’s really both a card as well as an accordion book. It’s a really unique graduation card for a graduate. And, it can be used for lots more occasions than just graduations.

Three Congratulations Accordion Card Books shown open, one closed and one watercolor paper with the congratulations written on it before being painted and decorated.

Three Congratulations Accordion Card Books shown open, one closed and one watercolor paper with the congratulations written on it before being painted and decorated.

I made a number of these this week in various colors. The accordion part of the book is made from watercolor paper. I outline the letters with a permanent marker, then use watercolor and blend the colors as I paint the letters.

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

After the watercolor is dry, I embellish the “congratulations.”  Finally, I cover the book board with one of my paste papers that matches the colors of the letters.

I love all the different paste paper covers for these Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

I love all the different paste paper covers for these Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

You can see more of my card books on my blog post: Studio Snapshot – Accordion Books.

Enjoy, Candy

Four Glorious Days of Calligraphy

I just got back from 4 glorious days of playing and studying calligraphy. It’s a 9 hour drive (each way) from Ashland, Oregon to Edmonds, Washington where I attended Letters of Joy, a mini calligraphy conference, and a 2-day workshop on the bone alphabet. It was so worth the long trip!

From my class Calligraphy Recycle: Party in an Envelope by Gretchen Ehrsam.

By Gretchen Ehrsam, from her class, Calligraphy Recycle: Party in an Envelope.

Letters of Joy started Friday night with a presentation, Calligraphy Tips and Tricks, by Carol DuboschWe didn’t even need to take notes because Carol gave all of us a sheet of paper which included her tips and tricks she demonstrated. This paper was designed in such a way that we were able to fold it and make it into a small book. Some of these tips and tricks may be showing up here in my blog after I try them out and play with them.

I had not done copperplate before, but after taking Lee Ann Clark's class on Classy Caps, I'll now be studying that alphabet too.

I had not done copperplate before, but after taking Lee Ann Clark’s class on Classy Caps, I’ll be studying copperplate now.

Saturday included many mini workshops. There were so many possibilities, it was really hard to choose which classes I wanted to take. I eventually signed up for Classy Caps by Lee Ann Clark, Calligraphy Recycle: Party in an Envelope by Gretchen Ehrsam and Jubilee Script Meets Parallel Pen by Carol DuBosch.

Example of Jubilee Script by Carol Dubosch.

Example of Jubilee Script by Carol Dubosch. I can see this script showing up on some of my envelopes in the near future.

These were some of the handmade pens sold by Tim's Pens. They made from recycled materials and create a variety of different widths of pen strokes.

These are handmade pens made and sold by Tim of Tim’s Pens. Made from recycled materials, each pen makes a variety of widths of pen strokes.

Throughout the two days there were many vendors from whom we could purchase supplies and other goodies. I scored some vintage pointed pen nibs from Black Thumb who also sells vintage ink pots.

Black Thumb sells vintage ink pots as well as vintage pen nibs.

Black Thumb sells vintage ink pots as well as vintage pen nibs.

Sunday and Monday I took a calligraphy workshop on the Bone Alphabet from Carol DuBosch. Bone is a contemporary alphabet known as BONE because of the bone-like shape of its basic stroke. It’s a wonderful exercise in pen-manipulation and designing the spaces within and around the letters.

Carol DuBosch demonstrating the bone alphabet.

Carol DuBosch demonstrating the bone alphabet.

A close up of Carol DuBosch's demonstrate sheet of the bone alphabet.

A close up of Carol DuBosch’s demonstration sheet of the bone alphabet.

This was the first time I went to Letters of Joy. It won’t be the last. It was great fun!

Enjoy, Candy

 

17 Days of Green

Over on my Facebook page, I’ve been sharing something green that I’ve made out of paper every day for the first 17 days of March. Each share brings back a wonderful memory. I’ve decided to share my 17 Days of Green here and include links to any instructions or templates I may have on how to make the piece if I’ve blogged about it here. The link will be in the description under the photo. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I have.

This tie is made from paste paper where I used a variegated comb to make the pattern in the paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 1 – Father’s Day Gift Bag with paste paper tie attached with velcro.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

17 Days of Green – Day 2 – Paper Covered Composition Book is covered in one of my paste paste papers.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

17 Days of Green – Day 3 – Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card made from one of my paste papers.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

17 Days of Green – Day 4 – Triangle Boxes I made for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

17 Days of Green - Day 5 - Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 5 – Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

These pencils are wrapped in a peacock feather paper. They go to a friend who loves green. Unfortunately I didn't have any sea turtle paper, so the peacock feather paper will just have to do.

17 Days of Green – Day 6 – Paper Wrapped Pencils wrapped in a peacock feather paper. 

One of my more successful blog posts showcased my Earth Spirit Vessels.

17 Days of Green – Day 7 – Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind.

Place card for Jean.

17 Days of Green – Day 8 – Calligraphy Cut Out Place Card for Jean.

This is my little tower of boxes.

17 Days of Green – Day 9 – Stacking Boxes for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

17 Days of Green – Day 10 – Happy Birthday accordion book.

Here the card has been decorated.

17 Days of Green – Day 11 – Another Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card.

This is how the napkin fold card looks when closed.

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card closed.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card open.

Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics

17 Days of Green – Day 13 – Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics.

This Truffle Box was made with one of my paste papers. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

17 Days of Green – Day 14 – Truffle Box made from one of my paste papers. II cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

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.

17 Days of Green – Day 15 – 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.

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.

17 Days of Green – Day 16 – Lotus Flower made from a flocked paper.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

17 Days of Green – Day 17 – For St. Patrick’s Day Green Heart Garland which is about 8 feet long.

Enjoy, Candy