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Studio Snapshot – Art On The Go! – Making Boxes

Traveling for two months in a 19′ van has made it a little more difficult form me to make art than I imagined. Welcome to reality. I haven’t quite found my rhythm yet.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

We visited family over the holidays and I did manage to appropriate a bit of space on a  counter to set up my supplies to make boxes. These are boxes I’m making to leave for people to find. You can see more about that on my blog post: Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

What I have found is that folding is much easier to do while traveling, assuming the paper has already been cut ahead of time. I think that’s because I can fit folding into short blocks of time. Box making, however, takes a bit of preparation.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Before we left on our trip, I cut enough pieces of binders board to make 30 boxes. I also brought lots of paper for collaging the boxes once I made them.  I had hoped to be able to make a box every other day on my trip. We’ll see if I can catch up to my expectations.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

While relaxing and visiting with family and friends is important, I find that I feel so much better when I make time to do art each day. So, that is going to be my goal for this next week.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

While I don’t approve of giving a bunch of sugar to young children, I do want to give my Halloween Trick or Treaters something that they like. My answer to this has been to make my own Paper Treat Boxes for Halloween. When I give my Trick or Treaters their boxes, they are more interested in the boxes themselves than what’s inside.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

I fill my boxes with spider or skull rings or something related to the season. My Trick or Treaters are happy and I have a clear conscience of not having caved in to giving them sweets.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

This year I am making Clover Fold Boxes from black card stock. I sponged white acrylic paint on the black card stock and let it dry overnight.

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Since the paper is black, I traced the clover fold template on the reverse side of the paper using blue transfer paper. Then I cut out the box, folded it, and used heavy duty double stick tape to tape the corners of each box. You could use most any glue or tape for this.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white paint.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white acrylic paint.

If you are making these boxes with children, you may want to use white tempera or other non-toxic and/or easy to clean paint.

You can download the template for making your own Clover Fold Box below.

Template: Clover-Fold Box

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Getting Ready For Ashland Open Studio Tour

This past week I’ve been cleaning my house and studio to get it ready for the Ashland Open Studio Tour. I’m opening my home studio to the public this next weekend. It’s a first for me and I’m a little anxious about it.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The only paper art I made this past weekend was the box to hold the Tour Passports. Each of the studios need to have a box to collect the passports. Two passports will be drawn, one for two tickets to A Taste of Ashland and another for $100 towards the purchase of local artwork.

Now I’m back to cleaning and organizing.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Puffy Pentagon Boxes

It’s time for my yearly art retreat! I’m packing my calligraphy supplies and a few clothes. The calligraphy supplies take priority on this trip. And I always take a little something to share with my retreat buddies. This year, it’s my Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included inside.

Of course my Puffy Pentagon Boxes need something to go inside them. So I made a trip to Dagoba Chocolate here in Ashland.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate makes their chocolate right here in Ashland, so it’s so easy to just pick up chocolate whenever I need it. I particularly like their Taster Squares which fit very nicely in many of the boxes I make.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

If you want to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes, I have instructions and a template you can print out on my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes With Chocolate For Father’s Day

The first half of my week was working on Origami Mandalas (see Art On The Go! – Making Origami Mandalas). The last half of the week was spent thinking about Father’s Day. Do you realize, it’s less than a week away?

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father's Day.

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father’s Day.

My father has made it difficult for me, again, by requesting no gifts. He says he doesn’t have room to store more “stuff.” I get that, but it’s hard for me not to get him something for Father’s Day.

I figure I can get away with giving him some chocolate. That’s edible and won’t take up space once it’s eaten. Dagoba Taster Squares are perfect since they are like individual small bites. They can be easily saved (or eaten immediately).

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

Since my dad and I we will be with 3 other fathers on Father’s Day, I decided to make 4 boxes, one for each of the fathers and fill them with Dagoba Taster Squares.

You can download the template for making these boxes from my blog post: DIY – Truffle Box. I also show how to close the box once it is made.

Happy Father’s Day, Candy

DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. Last year I designed the Clover Fold Box to fit a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square. This year I designed the Puffy Pentagon Box which will also nicely hold a Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are the perfect size to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

I have included a template at the end of this blog post that you can download to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes. Print the template on the back of a decorated paper, then cut and fold. I suggest using card stock for best results.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

There’s no glue or tape or ribbon needed to hold this box together. It’s a little tricky to close the box at first, but once you have done once or twice, it becomes easy.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

These little boxes with a little chocolate inside make perfect hostess gifts.

Puffy Pentagon Box

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Since these boxes store flat, you can make a bunch at a time and store them. They’ll be ready to puff into action whenever there is a need. Of course, you need to make sure you haven’t eaten all the chocolate or whatever you have to go in them.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes easy.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes fairly easy.

For more information about Dagoba Chocolate (which has its facilities in Ashland, Oregon): DagobaChocolate.com

For more information about paste papers: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Painting Paper For Heart Cube Box

I wanted to make some Heart Cube Boxes for Valentine gifts, but I didn’t like the colors of papers I had on hand. So, I painted some. Here’s how I painted them.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

First I found the papers I wanted to use. I used two types of paper, neither of which I tried to fold before starting. Big mistake! One of the papers folded perfectly and the other cracked when I folded it. Second, I printed out the template on the back of the paper before I painted the paper. Believe me, it’s much easier that way.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

I started with 4 different acrylic paints in reds, pink and purple. I mixed them half and half with acrylic matte medium. I used discarded plastic jar lids as my paint containers. I put dabs of all the different colors of paint on a rubber roller and started rolling colors around, making what looked like a monster mess.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

After the entire page was covered in paint, I mixed acrylic interference blue with acrylic matte medium (again about half and half) and spread it all over the painted paper. You can see in the photo above how it starts to change the colors on the lower photo. I’ve painted just a little bit of the painted paper with the interference blue.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes. The top photo is before adding the interference blue along with a bit of interference gold.

For my first paper I used acrylic interference blue. My second paper included both interference blue and interference gold. For my third and forth papers, I just used acrylic interference gold. Play around with different acrylic colors and interference colors and see how the colors change. It’s fun. Play!

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

There’s no one right or wrong way to do this. Just play and have fun. I’m including the template for making this box.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

Template: Cube Heart Box Template

Enjoy, Candy

Octagon Box In Progress

My friend, Sheli, and I are working on making some octagon boxes. My first step was to take apart a Victoria Secrets box a friend gave me a number of years ago. I then made myself a template in Adobe Illustrator.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box. It’s still a work in progress.

My friend, Sheli, purchased some Roylco Painting Boxes from Dick Blick. They are flat circles of paper with scoring and perforations that are painted and then folded into dodecagon boxes (twelve sided boxes).

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

The painting should be done on the dull side of the paper, not the shiny side. It’s not easy to fold the box, and the instructions aren’t as clear as they could be.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

I decided that I would play with an octagon based box rather than a dodecagon box first as I assumed an octagon box would be simpler. Simpler, yes. Simple, not really. But fun, definitely.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets as seen from the top.

The Victoria Secrets box has a ribbon in the center which is used to pull up to open the box. There is a knot in the ribbon that makes it stay in place when the box is closed.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Sheli and I are working on making a template for the octagon box. We’re still modifying and playing with possibilities.

Octagon box before folding.

Octagon box before folding.

I must admit that I haven’t managed to get the folding down quite to my satisfaction yet. It’s not as easy as it looks. I’m hoping to share a template as well as techniques in a future blog post.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paste Paper Boxes

My neighborhood is sponsoring a Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The profits from this sale will be donated to our Community Art Fund for art for our community.

Three of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

One of my contributions to this sale are these boxes that I have been making this past week. These were originally flat white boxes that were leftovers and donated by two different people. I took the flat white boxes and applied colored paste that I use to make my paste papers. You can see the wonderful results once they are folded into boxes.

Three more of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three more of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

You cannot purchase these boxes. You will only be able to get them if you spend a certain amount of money at our Holiday Sale.

This is how the boxes started out, flat. You can see the four colors of paste I'm using for this box.

This is how the boxes started out, flat. You can see the four colors of paste I’m using for this box.

I love being able to use boxes that were destined to be put in the recycle bin and make them into something to be treasured. Hopefully they will be used many times to exchange gifts.

The box on the lower left was the box from the photo above this one.

The box on the lower left is the same box from the photo above this one. It’s so much better looking once it’s colored.

I made a lot of these paste paper boxes this past week in my studio. Actually, for this month, my studio is my garage. I do tend get messy throwing colored paint around, so my garage is the perfect space for making paste papers.

I have added gold pigment to most of my paste paper boxes. I love how it jumps out on these purple boxes.

I have added gold pigment to most of my paste paper boxes. I love how it jumps out on these purple boxes

I will be sharing other items I’m making for the Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale in future blog posts.

Three more of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three more of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Paper Father’s Day Gift Ideas

My father says he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day. He claims he has everything he wants and is more interested in getting rid of things than accumulating more stuff. I figure I can get away giving him Father’s Day gifts as long as they are consumables. Here’s what I have in mind for this year. Links to  projects are included at the end of this post.

Happy Father's Day accordion card book.

Happy Father’s Day accordion card book.

First, I know he loves crossword puzzles. I gave him a set of pencils wrapped in paper from the New York Times crossword puzzle paper a year and a half ago. They were a big hit and I’m pretty sure he could use some new ones.

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

These pencils are wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. 

Next up is chocolate. I know he likes chocolate and he also likes spicy. What could be more perfect than Xocolatl Taster Squares from Dagoba Chocolate. They contain rich dark chocolate, chilies & nibs. I’m sure he’ll love them.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Then there’s the packaging. I designed these Clover Leaf Boxes to fit one Dagoba Taster Square for this past March For April’s Oregon Chocolate Festival.

I know I can't go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares. Shown with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

I know I can’t go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares, shown here with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

Dagoba Chocolate just introduced two new Taster Squares, orange and lemonberry zest. OMG! I tasted both and they are ever so delicious. It was hard to choose my favorite, but the orange finally won.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

I have found that the presentation of a gift can make the gift feel super special. So, my Father’s Day card is going in one of my Father’s Day gift bags. The gift bag makes a great statement.

Father's Day Tie Gift Bag - This paper reminds me of art deco. I even made a paper lotus flower from this paper.

Father’s Day Tie Gift Bag is made from a 9″ by 12″ white envelope and a decorative paper for the tie which is attached with velcro.

I also made a larger clover fold box that holds 5 Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares. I was thinking of a masculine color, so I made it black. Then I got the idea of making a topper for it, so I made the Happy Father’s Day “ribbon” and attached it to the top of the box.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father's Day.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father’s Day.

Since my dad doesn’t go on the internet, I feel certain that he won’t see what I’m giving him for Father’s Day. If you know him, please don’t spill the beans.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

link to DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils

link to Clover Fold Box instructions

link to Father’s Day Gift Tie Bags

link to more Accordion Card Books

Enjoy Candy

Studio Snapshot – Folded Boxes

Those of you following my blog know that I just mailed out a bunch of little boxes in a clear plastic bottle (DIY – How To Make A Plastic Bottle Into An Envelope). For that project I made a bunch of small folded boxes out of some of my paste papers.

I couldn't stop at just a few boxes. I had to make all sorts of sizes and colors using my paste papers.

I couldn’t stop at just a few boxes. I had to make all sorts of sizes and colors using my paste papers.

After getting out all my supplies, I just couldn’t stop at just a few boxes. So, I kept going and made quite a number of boxes in a variety of sizes.

These were the size of the boxes that I put into the clear plastic bottle I used as an envelope. You can see how small they are with my hand holding one.

These were the size of the boxes that I put into the clear plastic bottle I used as an envelope. You can see how small they are with my hand holding one.

Three sizes of boxes I made from my paste papers.

Three sizes of boxes I made from my paste papers.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Clover-Fold Boxes

In my studio this week, I made clover-fold boxes from some of my paste papers.

Clover-Fold Boxes I made this week from my paste papers.

This is what I made in my studio this week, Clover-Fold Boxes, which I made from my colorful paste papers.

I originally designed my Clover-Fold Box to be the perfect size for a Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square to fit into. I was preparing a box demonstration for the Oregon Chocolate Festival earlier this month and Dagoba Chocolate donated some of their delicious Chocolate Taster Squares. I wanted a box which would hold one Taster Square. Thus, the Clover-Fold Box was born.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

What I hadn’t expected was for my Clover-Fold Box to be such a hit with my customers. I sold out of the boxes I made. So, this week I made a bunch more Clover-Fold Boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

I’m a big fan of color, so I picked lots of colorful paste papers with which to make these boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

These boxes are easy to make.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

Easy and fun too. See the links below for my DIY blog post and the template so you can make your own.

2015 Studio Snapshot Clover-Leaf Boxes 5

Blog post: DIY Clover-Fold Box
Template: Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Clover-Fold Box

This is a simple box which gets its name from the way the box flaps fold over and interlock. I designed this box to hold one Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. The boxes look great made from my paste papers.

Dagoba Chocolate was kind enough to donate a bag of their Tasting Squares for me to me to give away during this coming First Friday’s Art Walk. I will be demonstrating how to make boxes (perfect for holding chocolate)  in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Friday kicks off the 11th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival with the Chocolate Makers Dinner which is also at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

I have a couple of other blog posts about my boxes for chocolates and you can view them here:
Studio Snapshot – Boxes for Chocolates
DIY Boxes for Chocolates

The Clover-Fold Box is easy to make. I have included a template at the end of this post that you can download. Print the template on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut on the solid lines, fold on the dashed lines, glue the four tabs, then fold the four half circle flaps over to close the top of the box (see photos).

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

This box is best made from card stock. I prefer a light weight card stock, but you could use just about anything from heavy text weight paper to heavy card stock. You can find lots of decorated papers at art supply, craft and scrapbook stores.

Boxes for Chocolate!

Boxes for Chocolate!

Clover-Fold box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes For Chocolate

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. And what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for Chocolate?

Some of my boxes I'll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

Some of my boxes I’ll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been making boxes and testing box templates to share during the First Friday Art Walk.

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

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

I’ve teamed up again this year with Dagoba Chocolate (wonderful, wonderful chocolate) to showcase my boxes. And new this year, I’ve also teamed up with the Ashland Springs Hotel where the Oregon Chocolate Festival is happening. I’ll be demonstrating making my boxes in the hotel lobby from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday during the First Friday Art Walk.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

I even designed a new box this week, the Clover-Fold box. I made it the perfect size to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate bars. I call them Dagoba Mini's.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. I call them Dagoba Mini’s.

Scrappy Craft, an art store in Phoenix, Oregon, had a sale on Saturday. I went and found some wonderful scrapbook paper that made into wonderful little boxes like the one below.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I’m sharing the links to the blog posts where I show how to make most of these boxes at the end of this blog post. I’m also including the links to just the templates.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It's just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It’s just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I’m having so much fun making boxes and more boxes this week. And I love using my paste paper to make boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

One of my favorite boxes is the Crown Jewel Heart Box, which is shown in the photo below. It works so well with a double sided paper.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

If you’re in the Ashland area, stop by the Ashland Springs Hotel where I’ll be demonstrating during the First Friday Art Walk. And also stop by my studio at the Ashland Art Center where Paul will be demonstrating how to make chocolate mice from Hershey’s Kisses.

2015 Studio Snapshot Boxes for Chocolate 9

Here are the links to the blog posts and the templates for each of the boxes I have made templates for.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Heart Box Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

Clover-Fold Blog Post
Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

Coming Soon – Digital Paste Papers

Summer is the annual time when I get to put on my most paint-stained clothes for weeks on end and make an entire year’s worth of paste papers.

These truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this post.

These 10 truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this blog post.

In the heat of summer, my paste papers dry quickly. That’s why making paste papers in summer is ideal and why I try to make all that I will need for the coming year each summer. Although, since the papers are coated in paste, and paste sticks to the surface it’s on, I have to constantly peel up the paste papers from their boards until they are dry, or else they will end up glued to them. Still, faster drying times means I can make more paste papers in less time.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit. The template for the Cube Heart Box is in this blog post.

For the past year, I’ve been working on scanning a selection of my paste papers and cleaning up the small imperfections in Photoshop. It’s amazing how many tiny hairs and other things get in those papers. It’s taken a while, because other things constantly have been getting in the way, like a move, three art shows, family, volunteer activities and such. There are only 24 hours in a day and I’ve found that it helps me function if I get things like sleep and food—silly, I know. So, what I thought would take a month has, what with one distraction and another, taken me an entire year.

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.

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.

Long story short, I will be selling digital versions of my paste papers on Etsy. I’ve sold my original paste papers in my studio at the Ashland Art Center, but now I will be able to sell digital versions of them to anyone who wants them. The best part is that once you download the file, you will be able to print it out and use it as many times as you want. That’s the part I love the best. I can re-use my favorite paste papers over and over again.

With all the moving, I've become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

With all the moving, I’ve become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

So, I’ve been playing with using my digital paste papers. Another big plus is that I can print on any weight of paper that will go through my printer. I’ve been able to print on light weight Japanese rice paper all the way up to 90lb watercolor paper. I haven’t tried anything heavier than that yet.

It's easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

One of my truffle boxes made from one of my digital paste papers. Instructions and template for folding the truffle box are on this blog post.

I have some great templates for cards, boxes and envelopes that I will be sharing in the coming months that will be perfect for using with my  digital paste papers as well as other decorative papers. And you can check out my previous templates and projects as well by searching for “DIY” on my blog.

I am hoping to get my digital paste papers posted on Etsy in the next couple of weeks. I’ll let you know when it’s up!

Happy creating, Candy