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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 – Art On The Go! – Folding Origami Mandalas

I’m finding that it’s been harder to do art while traveling than I had supposed. As I have written earlier, Paul and I are on a 2 month trip in our 19′ van. It took a bit of preparation to cut and package the few art supplies I could fit between our clothes and food.

It takes 8 pieces of paper 1″ by 4″ to make one origami mandala.

So far, I’ve not been able spend as much time making art as I would like. On days when we drive 8 to 12 plus hours, very little art gets done.

Origami mandalas I’ve made so far on our trip. These will be made into finished pieces once I get home.

We’ve been doing a lot of visiting with family and friends. While I’ve been able to eek out a bit of  time for folding and box making, it’s been in very short periods of time. We’ve also been making new friends, attending numerous potlucks, dancing, trying new foods and restaurants, hiking and so much more. We’ll be visiting Biosphere 2 this next week and probably a number of other places. This is leaving me less time for my art than I expected. But, I am relaxing and enjoying myself.

Sometimes I just have a few minutes, so I can fold just a few pieces and add to my stash of folded paper to make into my origami mandalas.

I’m still trying to get into a rhythm for my days. This traveling is new to me and I’m loving it. I know everything will fall into place eventually. Meanwhile, I’ll keep trying to eek out my art in small periods of time.

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 – Pencils To Match Gift Tins

Last week after sharing my Paper Covered Metal Tea Tins, I decided that each tin ought to have its own set of matching paper wrapped pencils. So that’s what I made in my studio this past week.

I think these gift wrapped tea tins just became pencil holders.

I think these gift wrapped tea tins just became pencil holders.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

I just love how they turned out!

Here are links to the tea tins and how I made them, how I wrapped the pencils and how I make paste papers.

link to: What To Do With Empty Metal Tea Tins

link to: DIY – Decorative Gift Containers

link to: DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils

link to: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Enjoy, Candy

 

Flower Envelopes – The Process

In April, which was National Letter Writing Month, I wrote a letter a day and sent it in an envelope that I either made or decorated. About halfway through the month I made an envelope with a flower on the front which ended up being the first of a series of flower envelopes. I’m still making them, trying something a little different with each one.

One of several flower envelopes that will be sent out in the mail tomorrow.

This flower envelope will be sent out in the mail tomorrow.

These envelopes have gotten rave reviews from my friends and fans. So, I decided to share the process I go through.

These 15 photos show the evolution of a single flower envelope. For this envelope I decided to see what I could do with I had a black background. I like the result.

These 15 photos show the evolution of a single flower envelope. For this envelope I decided to see what I could do with I had a black background. I like the result.

I try and vary something with each envelope I make. For the above envelope, I wanted to see how a flower would look with a black background.

I love how this flower envelope seems to glow.

I love how this flower envelope seems to glow.

Each time I get a new Copic marker, I try it out to see how it will look as a background for one of my flower envelopes.

I spilled gold acrylic ink on this envelope after I had colored the background, but not the flower. I wiped the gold paint evenly over the entire envelope and it developed a wonderful patina. It even showed through after I painted the flower petals. Happy accident!

I spilled gold acrylic ink on this envelope after I had colored the background, but not the flower. I wiped the gold paint evenly over the entire envelope and it developed a wonderful patina. Happy Accident!

The gold sparkle on the above “Happy Accident” flower envelope doesn’t show on the photo above, but it looks marvelous. I hate to part with this one. I am going to create a similar one before I put this in the mail.

I love experimenting with colors I would not normally use together as in this flower envelope.

I love experimenting with colors I would not normally use together as in this flower envelope.

One of the great things about playing with these envelopes is that I can experiment with unusual (for me) color combinations. The above envelope has a violet that looks a bit gray. I would never put that color with a peachy color, but somehow it works. I never would have known without experimenting.

Another flower envelope that will go in the mail tomorrow.

Another flower envelope that will go in the mail tomorrow.

Believe it or not, the two flower envelopes above have same background. It’s amazing how colors look different depending on the colors around them.

Purple, orange, pink and blue? I just had to try this unusual combination and I like it for this flower envelope.

Purple, orange, pink and blue? I just had to try this unusual combination and I like it for this flower envelope.

Because envelopes aren’t works of art that I put a frame on, I feel the freedom to experiment and play more than when I am trying to make a finished piece of art.

Here I tried having the background petals darker and the foreground petals lighter. I did the opposite on Kate's and Karen's flower envelopes.

Here I tried having the background petals darker and the foreground petals lighter. I did the opposite on Kate’s and Karen’s flower envelopes.

I have eleven envelopes going out by this weekend as part of an envelope exchange. It’s been fun to play with so many different ideas.

This flower envelope will need more stamps as it is going to France.

This flower envelope will need more stamps as it is going to France.

I still have a log list of people I want to write to, so I am sure I will be making more flower envelopes for quite a while. It’s so much fun (even though they usually take 2 to 3 hours each to make).

This is my demonstration envelope ready to go out in the mail. The address will be written in white.

This is my demonstration envelope ready to go out in the mail. The address will be written in white.

To see more of my envelopes, check out these blog post:
Studio Snapshot – Flower Envelope Series

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy, Candy

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

 

Studio Snapshot – Spring Heart Garland

I made a wonderful green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. I kept it draped over my dining room chandelier, for over a month now because I thought the green reminded me emerging green leaves of spring. Now, however, the flowers have started blooming and I decided I want bolder flower colors decorating my home. So, this week I made myself a new Spring Heart Garland.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom and work up.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together as you can see above.

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

I find the colors uplifting.

Instructions for making a Heart Garland are on my blog post: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – More Envelopes

While I had planned on making some other things this past week, I just couldn’t stop making envelopes. I even went to my local art store and bought over a dozen markers to play around with and see how they would work on my envelopes.

This envelope (with birthday card and envelope) was hand delivered to a family friend.

This envelope (with birthday card and envelope) was hand delivered to a family friend. The request came from his daughter and was a surprise.

These four envelopes and letters were made from a single sheet of paste paper. The envelope is folded in such a way that when it opens, the letter is on the back of the envelope.

These four envelopes and letters were made from a single sheet of paste paper. The envelope is folded in such a way that when it opens, the letter is on the back of the envelope.

This envelope went to Jennifer.

This envelope, with letter, went to Jennifer.

These two envelopes were inspired by some flower stamps I just purchased. They also highlighted my need for some better markers to make backgrounds. The backgrounds on these were made with a Pentel color brush.

These two envelopes were inspired by some flower stamps I just purchased. They also highlighted my need for some better markers to make backgrounds. The backgrounds on these were made with a Pentel color brush.

I gave this box (which I used to hold a letter, thus making it an envelope) to my neighbor for her birthday. Blog post and template: DIY Triangle Boxes.

I gave this box (which I used to hold a letter, thus making it an envelope) to my neighbor for her birthday. Blog post and template: DIY Triangle Boxes.

Three envelopes made from my original paste papers designed so that the letter is on the inside of the envelope.

Three envelopes made from my original paste papers designed so that the letter is on the inside of the envelope.

Playing with watercolors and gold.

Playing with watercolors and gold.

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

I made this envelope using my new Copic markers. I love how the background doesn't show my strokes like the other two envelopes with flowers.

I made this envelope using my new Copic markers. I love how the background doesn’t show my strokes like the other two envelopes with flowers.

I am having so much fun making envelopes and writing letters for National Letter Writing Month.

Enjoy, Candy