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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 – 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

Art On The Go! – Origami Mandalas

This past week I received an order for a number of Origami Mandalas. I also have sold a number of them from my studio. So, on my 4 day camping trip this week, I decided to try making Origami Mandalas in our new-to-us little RV while traveling and camping. (See Josie’s Story – Introducing Art On The Go! for details on our new-to-us little RV.)

I was able to fold a lot papers for Origami Mandalas on my latest camping trip.

I was able to fold a lot papers for Origami Mandalas on my latest camping trip. The key was having the papers cut and ready to be folded. Not much space is needed to fold.

My origami mandalas are made from paper scraps that are 1″ by 4″. Even after using paper scraps for the paper wrapped pencils I made last week, I still had enough smaller scraps left to make quite a few origami mandalas.

Here I'm working on deciding color combinations for the Origami Mandalas.

Here I’m working on deciding color combinations for the Origami Mandalas.

I cut the papers for the origami mandalas and took them with me on our 4 day camping trip. I folded every day. What I discovered was that I need to have varied tasks and not just fold all the time. My muscles got tired easily when I was only doing folding. When I started doing other things, like sketching or gluing, I could work longer than when I was just folding. I think this is because at home I’m getting interrupted a lot more and move around more than when I’m traveling in a tiny space.

For some reason I am drawn to the color green for healing, as in this Origami Mandala.

For some reason I am drawn to the color green for healing, as in this Origami Mandala.

For my next trip, I will take more of a variety of projects with me. I will include some folding, but I’ll also have other projects that use other muscles. Our van is quite small and I don’t move around in it as much as I do at home, so I’m going to have to consider that when picking what to take with me.

I'm drawn to the color blue for dreaming, as in this Origami Mandala.

I’m drawn to the color blue for dreaming, as in this Origami Mandala.

Storage is at a premium, so planning ahead is essential. While I plan on taking multiple projects, what I do take has to take up as little space as possible.

Another green for healing in this Origami Mandala.

Another green for healing in this Origami Mandala.

One of my projects for this next week is to make a list of the things I do on a regular basis that might be appropriate to take with me when traveling. I’m going to include everything from parts of projects to entire projects. I’m thinking that most will require prep work before I go, much like the cutting of the 1″ by 4″ strips for folding my Origami Mandalas did for this trip.

Blue again for this dream Origami Mandala.

Blue again for this dream Origami Mandala.

For links to instructions to make Origami Mandalas and other rosette and mandala folds see my blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Custom Order For Origami Mandalas

A dear friend who lives on the other side of the country saw my origami mandalas on my blog and placed a custom order. I love how the internet allows me to stay in touch with friends and family who no longer live close to me.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

It makes me feel good when my friends like my art enough to purchase it. And it feels even better when they purchase multiples to give as gifts.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

This is a repeat of an origami mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

This is a repeat of an Origami Mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

For information and links on folding these origami mandalas and tea bag folding, see my blog post: Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Chiyogami Paper Sample Subscription

I received a wonderful gift this past Christmas, a Washi Arts Chiyogami Paper Sample Subscription. It was gifted to me by my sister-in-law who shares my love for paper. Each month I receive a lovely selection of 3″ by 3″ chiyogami papers.

My box and chiyogami paper samples from January.

My box and chiyogami paper samples from January.

For January, I received a little storage box along with a number of 3″ by 3″ samples of chiyogami papers, stripes and calligraphic marks. They are absolutely lovely! In February, I received a wonderful packet of chiyogami floral and botanical patterned papers. I love them!

My chiyogami paper samples from January (spread out) and my February paper samples still in their package.

My chiyogami paper samples from January (spread out) and my February paper samples still in their package.

By the end of the year I will have close to 500 different 3″ by 3″ samples of chiyogami papers. All the papers are labeled on the back, so I know which ones I want to order. Unfortunately, I want to order them all!

My February chiyogami flower and botanical paper samples.

My February chiyogami flower and botanical paper samples.

I understand that you can still subscribe. The link to learn more about this program, or to subscribe is
http://www.washiarts.com/subscriptions/chiyogami-sample-box-subscription-limited-edition-2016

I’ll share some of the art I make with my chiyogami papers later this year.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas for Valentine’s Day

This past week I got the urge to make my paper origami mandalas in reds and pinks. I pared them with a red shadow box frame, and they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

All the paper origami mandalas were made with left over paper scraps. I used eight 1″ by 4″ pieces of paper to make each mandala. Each of the eight pieces of paper were folded many, many times.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn't look good in a red frame, so it's not framed.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn’t look good in a red frame, so it’s not framed.

Links to how to make these and other mandalas and rosettes are on last week’s blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

Tea bag folding is a type of origami that uses the paper envelope that tea bags come in. It is also referred to as miniature kaleidoscopic origami. It usually uses squares from tea bag wrappers or patterned paper.

The rosette on the left is made from 8 two inch squares of green tea wrappers like the one on the right.

The rosette on the left is made from 8 two inch squares of green tea wrappers like the one on the right.

The story goes that in 1992, a Dutch woman, Tiny van der Plas, had been practicing origami. She was sitting at home, drinking a cup of tea, when she suddenly realized she had forgotten a birthday card for her sister. As she was drinking her tea, she started folding the paper envelope her tea had come in. That gave her the idea for folding multiple tea bag envelopes to create a three dimensional rosette.

The rosette on the left is made from folding 8 squares of wrappers made from the mulling tea bag wrappers like the one on the right.

The rosette on the left is made from folding 8 squares of wrappers made from mulling tea bag wrappers like the one on the right.

I have been told that the European tea bag wrappers are much more interesting than the ones we have here in the U.S. Perhaps that is why many people are using patterned paper for tea bag folding rather than actual tea bag wrappers. You also don’t have to drink lots of tea before being able to fold your rosettes.

This rosette is made with 8 square pieces of origami paper like the one on the right. This fold was the one that started me on my journey of folding origami mandalas.

This rosette is made with 8 square pieces of origami paper like the one on the right. This pattern was the one that started me on my journey of folding origami mandalas.

Tea bag folding usually uses 8 small identical squares of paper folded exactly the same way. These folded papers are then either interlocked or laid side by side to produce a symmetrical medallion. They are used a lot on cards or as ornaments on scrapbook pages or photo albums.

2015 DIY Tea Bag Folding 4

Top photo is the front and bottom photo is the back of the same tea bag folded rosette. They both look great!

Top photo is the front and bottom photo is the back of the same tea bag folded rosette. They both look great!

 

I came across tea bag folding after I started making my paper origami mandalas (see my blog posts Paper Origami Mandalas and Paper Origami Mandalas With Messages). I then asked friends and relatives to save their tea bag wrappers for me. I managed to collect enough wrappers to make 3 of rosettes using actual tea bags that I found interesting enough to share. I also discovered that not all tea bag wrappers made pleasing rosettes .So, in order to show a number of different folds, I have used patterned paper for a few of my rosettes. The patterned paper that is cut into squares is also referred to as a “tile.”

The rosette is made with 8 square folded pieces of paper like the one on the right.

This rosette is made with 8 square folded pieces of patterned origami paper like the one on the right. It’s difficult to see but the center pieces in this rosette are raised, not flat.

It’s been fun trying out many of these folds. I am not adept at writing origami instructions, instead I am supplying links to where I have found instructions on the web. I have tried some of these folds, but not all. I also cannot guarantee that these links will work in the future. If you find a link that does not work, please leave a comment to that effect and I will attempt to find another link to replace it.

This Paper Origami Mandala is made with 8 pieces of paper 4 times longer in height as in width.

This Paper Origami Mandala is made with 8 pieces of paper that are 4 times longer in height as in width like the one in the photo above.

There seems to be a cross over with the paper origami mandalas I have been making and the rosettes and other designs of tea bag folding. Some people use tea bag folding to include both types of folding.

Links:

The easiest tea bag fold is the kite fold.
Kite Fold Instructions

This is the fold I used for my Stash tea bag wrappers.
Waterbomb Fold Instructions

This is a link to instructions for
Tea Bag Folding: Rosette

A more complicated kite fold with instructions on YouTube.
Kite Fold by Craft Maniacs

A different tea bag fold with instructions on YouTube
Tea Bag Folding by Origami Twist

Tea bag folding flowers from a blogger in Singapore, Sandy Ang.
Tea Bag Folding Flowers

A tea bag seven pointed star that uses 7 squares (you can click on variations)
Seven Pointed Star

And this is the YouTube video that sparked my interest in making my origami mandalas. I made this and then started making more complex mandalas.
 DIY Easy Origami Corner Bookmark

These are the instructions I used to make my Paper Origami Mandalas.
 Paper Origami Mandalas

This is on my list to try next.
Robin Star

And I’ll be trying this star too.
Eifel Star

Rosette made from folding 8 squares from tea bag wrappers.

Rosette made from folding 8 squares from tea bag wrappers.

NOTE: I have not tried to make all designs in the above links. I have looked carefully at all the instructions and watched all the videos. If you have any trouble with them, please let me know. And if there are any links that stop working, please leave a comment and I will take update the links.

If you drink a lot of tea, especially tea that comes in fancy wrappers, and are willing to share at least 8 of the wrappers with me, I’d be ever so grateful. I might even send you something in return. If you are interested, leave a comment below and I’ll be in touch.

Happy Folding, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages

If you follow my blog, you will remember the Paper Origami Mandalas I made last week. As I was making them, I kept having more ideas about what could be done with them. Here is what I made this past week. I call them Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages.

This is sort of a peek into my process of making. As I work, I get new ideas and I have conversations with my art.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

On Thursday, I will be showing some other mandala type foldings. I will also provide links to instructions.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

The centers of my Paper Origami Mandalas are brads. I found the various brads at a number of different art stores. I had fun matching the colorful brads with the different papers of the mandalas and their accent papers.

Here is an example of how the same paper used for the Paper Origami Mandala can have a different appearance with different accent paper and brads.

Here is an example of how the same paper used for the Paper Origami Mandala can have a different appearance with different accent paper and brads.

It has been a challenge to get these done this week as my scanner crashed and I needed to get another scanner immediately to finish this project. Luckily my local (three towns away) computer store had just the model of scanner I wanted.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, peace.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, peace.

So it’s been a busy week in my studio, folding and pasting and doing calligraphy.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy.

Then there were trips to art stores for colored paper to match my mandalas and to look for various colors and shapes of brads.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, love.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, love. Check out the sparkly pink heart brand in the center.

Then there was the scanning of the calligraphy which required the trip to the computer store for a new scanner. That was followed by computer work, sizing the calligraphy and putting it in InDesign and making a printable file.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

Then the printing on watercolor paper and tearing the edges to make the deckled edges. Yes, it was a busy week. But, I love the result.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy. This was made from scraps of beautiful marbled paper I've had for years. I still have a number of full sheets of it in my paper stash.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy. This was made from scraps of beautiful marbled paper I’ve had for years. I still have a number of full sheets of it in my paper stash.

The paper origami mandalas themselves are made from my paper scraps. I love being able to recycle all my left over papers.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, music. Notice the sparkly gold star brad in the center.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, music. Notice the sparkly gold star brad in the center.

Then there were the decisions of which mandala and which words to put together. Some combinations were obvious. A few I asked others for help with.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Then I glued the pieces together.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

I find it interesting that different people have different favorites.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

You are welcome to comment on which is your favorite.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with messages.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with messages.

I am continuing to play with these Paper Origami Mandalas. I just love how they are turning out.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas

With all the paper projects I do, I have lots of scraps of paper. I sort my scraps in boxes. I have boxes for decorated papers, plain papers, metallic papers, paste papers and decorated papers. This past week, I made origami mandalas from scraps of my decorated and metallic papers.

These origami mandalas were made with scraps of decorated and metallic papers.

These origami mandalas were made with scraps of decorated and metallic papers.

Each of the mandalas has 8 pieces of paper, each 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. I decided that a lot of my decorated papers would look good with gold or silver. I combined them and loved the look.

This origami mandala was made using a Japanese paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This origami mandala was made using a Japanese paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This origami mandala was made using an Italian paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This origami mandala was made using an Italian paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

The silver oriental lettering on this paper combines with the silver metallic paper to create a beautiful origami mandala.

The silver oriental lettering on this paper combines with the silver metallic paper to create a beautiful origami mandala.

This origami mandala was made using a Japanese paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This origami mandala was made using an Italian paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

The blue floral pattern on this paper combines well with the silver metallic paper to make this origami mandala.

The blue floral pattern on this paper combines well with the silver metallic paper to make this origami mandala.

This origami mandala was made using an Italian paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This origami mandala was made using an Italian paper combined with a gold metallic paper.

This photo shows the fronts of two origami mandalas (in gold) and the backs of two others (in silver). I love both the fronts and backs of these.

This photo shows the fronts of two origami mandalas (in gold) and the backs of two others (in silver). I love both the fronts and backs of these.

I have enjoyed making these origami mandalas. There are many other patterns to try. I think I’ll be playing with these for quite a while.

Enjoy, Candy