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Visiting Prickly Pear Paper

A lot has happened since my last blog post. I traveled from Oregon to California to Arizona to New Mexico to Oklahoma to Kansas to Colorado to Utah to Nevada and back to Oregon. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of driving and visiting with very little time for art along the nearly 5,000 miles we traveled.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

I did find time, while in Arizona, to visit a wonderful little paper shop where they both make and sell paper products. It’s called Prickly Pear Paper and it’s a letterpress and design studio in addition to being a retail store. They’re part of Barone, a craftsman community in Gilbert, Arizona.

They have their letterpress in their shop.

Prickly Pear Paper started in 2016 by Lauren Elliott and Mark Johnston. They envisioned a business that combined their love of graphic design with fun, adventurous stationery that makes people smile. I think they accomplished their objective.

This Arizona map is one of the best sellers in their shop.

In addition to what they have in their shop, they also offer custom design and printing services for businesses, events, weddings, announcements and personal stationery.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

BTW, I purchased the adoption card that is sitting on the letterpress in the second photo. And if you can’t make it to Gilbert, Arizona, you can check out their website: Prickly Pear Paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Printing My Own Greeting Cards

This past week I worked on replenishing my stock of greeting cards. I print, cut, fold and package my own greeting cards. I combine my calligraphy with either my paste papers or marbling or watercolors to create my cards.

Three of my greeting cards.

Three of my greeting cards.

I scan both my calligraphy and my painting and combine them in Photoshop. I then print them on my Epson 3000 printer which uses archival ink. I print my cards on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, score and fold the paper, then cut it to 5″ by 7″ with my trusty Olfa hand cutter.

I print my cards on letter sized card stock. Here are a few of the ones I printed this week.

I print my cards on letter sized card stock. Here are a few of the ones I printed this week.

It is somewhat labor intensive, but it allows me to make just the amount of cards I want. I only sell my cards in my own studio, so this works for me.

Framable calligraphy card - the heart never gets wrinkles

Framable calligraphy card – the heart never gets wrinkles

My cards are designed so that they look great when put in a 5″ by 7″ mat or frame. That’s why I call them Framables.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Pinwheel Fold Card

I saw a card that I liked the look of on the internet last week. There were no instructions on how to make it, so I made my own and the instructions to go with it. When I was done, I decided it looked like a pinwheel, so I named it the Pinwheel Fold Card.

One Pinwheel Fold Card open and one closed.

One Pinwheel Fold Card open and one closed.

Then I decided to google “pinwheel fold card” and found out that other people have made the card and called it the same name. I even found instructions on how to make them on YouTube. My instructions, however, are a bit different from those on YouTube. My instructions allow you to make this card using any size square. My instructions also doesn’t require straight and diagonal folding boards. Once you have made your first one, you realize that they’re really quite easy to make.

I made my Pinwheel Fold cards in two different sizes.

I made my Pinwheel Fold Cards in two different sizes.

The basic concept of this card is that there is an inside square and an outside square. The length of the side of the inside square is half the length of the outside square. If the outside square is 8″, then the inside square is 4″.

Here are the papers I am using to make a Pinwheel Fold Card.

Here are the papers I used to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

I started with 2 text weight 8″ squares of paper,  a card stock 4″ square in gold and a 3.5″ square with the card message on it. You can see my choice of colors and patterns above. Using two coordinating patterns would work nicely too.

Here are the steps I went through to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

Here are the steps I went through to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

Instructions:

  1. Using either a glue stick or double sided tape, glue the two 8″ squares together in the center only. In order to let the papers bend without buckling, make sure the gluing is only in the center of the two squares and doesn’t extend out to where you will be folding (see figure 1 above).
  2. With a pencil, mark with a line the middle of the length and width of the square that will be the inside of the card (figure 2).
  3. Lay the 4″ card stock with the points of the square lining up with the pencil marks that show the middle of the larger square. Glue in place (figure 3).
  4. Fold up the outside paper against the inside square (figure 4).
  5. Repeat around each side of the square. Notice that there are 4 triangles made at the intersection of these folds (figure 5).
  6. Cut out the triangles (figure 6).
  7. Turn the card over. Fold the first pinwheel flap as shown in figure 7.
  8. Repeat for all 4 sides (figure 8).
  9. Turn the card over again and glue the message into the middle of the card (figure 9).
  10. Start folding the sides of the card up, one overlapping the next. Make sure you fold so that the result looks like a pinwheel (figure 10).
  11. When you get to the last flap, insert it under the first, like folding a box lid (figure 11).
  12. The finished Pinwheel Fold Card (figure 12).

In addition to working with the 8″ squares, I also used some 6″ origami squares of both printed and coordinating solid papers. Using the origami paper, which was already cut, made the cards go super fast. With the 6″ squares, I used a piece of 3″ card stock for the inside square.

These Pinwheel Fold Cards were made from 2 sheets each of coordinating origami paper, one print and one solid.

These Pinwheel Fold Cards were made from 2 sheets each of coordinating origami paper, one print and one solid.

Note: The pinwheel folds keeps the two papers together, so no additional gluing is necessary after the first gluing in step one.

I hope you enjoy making your own Pinwheel Fold Cards.

Happy Summer, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Accordion Books

This past week I realized I had sold completely out of my little hard covered accordion books with watercolor messages inside. I make these little books out of 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. It’s a great weight paper for books, takes watercolor without buckling and folds beautifully.

One accordion book finished and four in the process of being made.

One accordion book finished and four in the process of being made.

These little books are about 3″ tall and 22″ in length. I make them with various messages inside. The covers are some of my paste papers which I paste over book board which is just a little denser than mat board.

This is a detail of the above photo so you can see what the watercolor looks like before I start my embellishment.

This is a detail of the above photo so you can see what the watercolor looks like before I start my embellishment.

Here are the accordion books finished.

Here are the accordion books finished.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Thank You accordion book.

Thank You accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

I Love You accordion book.

I Love You accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

These little books are a joy to make. Making them makes me feel happy.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

My studio time this week has been minimal as I have been working on cleaning and organizing my garage (lots of art supplies stored in there), and locating all my tax records. I have had time to package and put together a few Happy Valentine’s Day cards.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

As usual, my cards are 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard 5″ by 7″ mat or frame.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

These cards are prints of an original gouache and ink piece I did on Arches cover, a printmaking paper.

Happy Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine’s Day card

Enjoy, Candy

Hearts I’ve Shared on Facebook

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

On my Facebook page, I have been sharing a photo every day on a particular topic (one topic per month). January was Hearts and February is Red. Yes, a little bit of an overlap for hearts and red. I just love hearts. So here are some of my favorite Heart photos.

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Covered Pencils

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn't include a heart.

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn’t include a heart.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

 

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files for some mail art envelopes for a blog post I am working on, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy only a couple years earlier and this was one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy a short time before she did this. It is one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed "Love Ya" in red with a stencil font.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed “Love Ya” in red with a stencil font.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

Just to let you know, March will be Tools (as in the tools I use to make my art) and April will be A-Word-A-Day and May will be Flowers. Feel free to offer suggestions for future topics for months to come.

You can join in, too. Post your own Red photos on Facebook in February and tag them #MyFebruaryChallenge #Red #MyPaperArts.

See more at www.facebook.com/mypaperarts

Happy Valentine’s Day, Candy

Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (including instructions)

This is how the card looks when closed.

A closed napkin fold card.

You may have seen my post last week about napkin fold cards. I have continued making napkin fold cards since then. This time I used my own calligraphy for the greeting inside the card.

And, as I promised last week, I’ll be showing you the steps involved so you can make one too. But before I show you the step-by-step photos of how to make your own napkin fold card, here are the open and closed views of three of the cards I made this week.

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

This is the opened view of the above napkin fold card at the top of the post. It says “grandchildren are the dessert in life.” 

This is my thank you napkin fold card closed.

This is my “thank you” napkin fold card closed.

Thank you card open. The photos did not quite capture all the gold that is in the paste paper.

‘Thank you’ napkin fold card open. The photos did not do justice to the metallic gold in the paste paper.

This is the napkin fold card closed.

This is the napkin fold card, closed.

The inside of this napkin fold card says, "Take only one day at a time."

The inside of this napkin fold card says, “Take only one day at a time.”

 

And now, as promised, here’s how to make your own!

I start with an 8" square of paper. I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with. Score and fold 2" in from each side. The photo shows how it should look when you have folded the paper.

Start with an 8 inch square of paper.
I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with.

Score and fold along each side, 2 inches in.
The photo above shows how it should look after you have made the folds.

 

The next step is to find the center of the paper. With a ruler on diagonal corners, mark the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil "x" in the center in the photo above.

Find the center of the paper.
Line up a ruler along two opposite corners and draw a short line in the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil “x” in the center in the photo above.

 

Next, fold each corner to the center of the paper using the pencil "x" to see the center. Make a firm crease for each fold.

Fold each corner to the center.
Fold in each corner, using the using the pencil “x” to align it with the center.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

This is how your paper should look with all the folds. Make sure the folds are well creased.

Unfold the paper.
This is how your paper should look after you have made all the folds. Remember that folds need to be well creased, because you’re going to be folding them in different directions.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5

Pinch in the corners.
Do you see how the folds meet at the center of each side? Those are the vertices we’re going to pinch in to the center. This will go against the direction they were originally folded in, so again, make sure they were creased well.

Gently push in each of the four vertices on the sides of the square as shown above. You will end up with a smaller square that looks like it’s made of four squares.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5-2

As you pinch in all the corners it will look like the above photo.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5-3

And finally it will look like this above.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 6

Open the center.
Now that you have folded the card closed, you need to open up the center of the card. The four corners of the 8 inch square are now all meeting in the center. Take each inside corner and fold it back to the outside corner as shown above.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

Next find some decorative paper to use for embellishing. Cut two 3 3/4" squares and one 2 1/2" square. Cut one of the 3 3/4" squares and the 2 1/2" square along the diagonals as shown above.

Make your embellishments.
Choose some decorative paper to use for embellishing.

Cut two 3 and 3/4 inch squares and one 2 and 1/2 inch square. Cut the 2 and 1/2 inch square and one of the 3 and 3/4 inch squares along the diagonals as shown above. You will end up with one square, four larger triangles, and four smaller triangles.

Also cut a piece of white paper 3 and 1/2 inches square on which you can write or stamp your greeting.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 8

Attach the embellishments.

Now attach the square decorated paper in the middle of your card, white paper with the greeting centered on the decorated paper, the large triangles and the small triangles on four outside corners.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 9

The finished card can now be closed in a variety of ways. I like to use coordinating sheet half inch sheer ribbon.

I made my napkin fold cards with very few tools. I cut my squares on a paper cutter. I did the rest of my cutting with my utility knife. I attached the triangles with double sided tape. I usually use a bone folder to make sure my creases are firm, but it is not necessary if you are careful to make good firm creases by hand.

You can check out last week’s blog post Napkin Fold Cards: Part One.

Enjoy, Candy

Personalized Thank You Cards

This was quickly done on a 3" square of watercolor paper with a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon's guest book.

This was done quickly on a 3″ square of watercolor paper using a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon’s guest book.

I have recently returned from two-plus weeks of vacation, which included a week-long calligraphy and bookbinding retreat. While on vacation, I made personalized thank you notes for my friends who helped me out during my travels. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to take photos of all the thank you notes I made on this trip, something I will certainly do for future travels. But here are the ones I did take photos of.

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template that she gave me. I made a tiny version and included the tiny template inside this thank you cars.

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template in order to make the book. I made a tiny version of the book and included the tiny template I made to make the book inside this thank you card I gave to her.

This is not actually a "Thank You", it's more like a keepsake I made for myself.

This is not actually a “Thank You”, it’s more like a keepsake I made for myself.

My vacation is over. I am rested and inspired. My next project will be making paste papers, which I make every summer when it is hot and the paste papers can dry fairly quickly. I will be trying out my new (to me) garage for doing my paste papers. Lots more space than I’m used to. I can hardly wait! I’ll be posting my progress here on my blog. Stay tuned.

Enjoy, Candy

Framables™ – Beautiful Greeting Cards Designed To Be Framed

Framables™ calligraphy card. The quote says, “the heart never gets wrinkles.”

I started selling my own greeting cards back in 1980. I designed them myself using my calligraphy, and had them printed in black ink on a brown parchment-style card stock. When folded, the cards were the size of a quarter sheet of paper, a standard small greeting card.

Two of my first calligraphy greeting cards

Many people who purchased or received my cards ended up liking my calligraphy so much they would want to frame their cards and put them on display. But the cards looked out of place in standard sized frames because the frames were the wrong size for the cards. I loved it that people wanted to frame my cards, but I wished the cards would fit better in the frames.

So, when I designed my new line of greeting cards in 2008, I decided to make sure that the cards would fit in a standard frame. Thus, my new line of Framables™ was born. I’ve designed all my Framables with a colorful border around the calligraphy, which looks like a mat. The border is a scanned image of a paste paper, watercolor, or marbled paper that I have made myself.

The cards fit perfectly in a standard 5” x 7” frame or  an 8” x 10” frame with a 5” x 7” mat. Now I feel good about people framing my greeting cards.

Here is one of my Framables™ greeting cards in a double mat and an 8″ x 10″ frame. The quote says, “The difference between young and old is a fine line called a wrinkle.”

I have been  collecting quotes for as long as I can remember. Many of the quotes that became Framables™ started out as a something special that I sent to a friend.

“I wish I could wrap you up in love and take the hurt away” was a quote that I originally sent to a family friend who was ill, when we didn’t know whether or not she would recover. Thankfully, she did get better, but I had realized there was a need for cards for those who were ill and wouldn’t get better. Traditional “Get Well Soon” cards just weren’t appropriate.

“Take only one day at a time” was done for a friend after the loss of a friend’s husband.

“Happiness is everyone remembering your birthday but forgetting your age” was done for a friend who would always refuse to tell anyone her age.

Framables™ calligraphy greeting card. The quote says, “Happiness is everyone remembering your birthday but forgetting your age.”

I’m grateful that I’ve had a chance to reinvent my greeting cards and spread beauty to others. Anyone can send a greeting card, but being able to send art is special. This is one occasion where it may be better to receive than to give.

For information on how I make my paste papers that I use for many of my borders, click here for Making Paste Papers: Part One and here for Making Paste Papers: Part Two.

Hugs to all, Candy