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Hanging Heart From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Hanging Heart, February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

This is Helen’s photo of the hanging heart she made. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year.

This is very similar to the hanging hearts I shared in December 2014 and February 2015.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper. My instructions are my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Cranes

I took a friend to a doctor’s office in Mesa, Arizona and was greeted by these wonderful paper cranes. I love discovering paper art, especially in unexpected places.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

I love the idea of using folded origami paper cranes as a room divider.

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

To My Email Subscribers: You May Have Missed My Posts

This post is to all my wonderful email subscribers. There was a software glitch for the past two and a half months where only a few of my posts actually were sent out to you. I have been advised that the glitch has finally been fixed. I’m including links to my past posts so you can click on them in case you missed some. Just click on the link below each photo to the blog post.

Lettering Envelopes For My Holiday Cards 


DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

Paper Pop Up Trees From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

PaperLove E-course – Weeks 3 and 4

 

DIY Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths

 

DIY Holiday Origami Envelopes

 

PaperLove E-course – Week 2

 

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

 

PaperLove E-course – Week 1

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

23 Sandy Gallery Show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page

 

DIY Halloween Envelopes

 

Birds From Blobs On Envelopes

 

My Inspiration Wall

 

Ashland Open Studio Tour

 

More Chiyogami Papers Arrived!

Getting Ready For The Ashland Open Studio Tour

 

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Hopefully emails will go out as normal from here on out with no more glitches.

Enjoy, Candy

 

DIY Holiday Origami Envelopes

Today I thought I would share some Christmas envelopes I made for my friend Margie. She had seen the ones I made earlier this year and wanted some made from Christmas wrapping paper.

The papers for these origami envelopes are from a holiday gift paper sample book.

The papers for these origami envelopes are from a holiday gift paper sample book.

Back in April, during National Letter Writing Month, I made a number of these envelopes using scanned images of my paste papers. I then found I could make them the perfect size for gift cards (the perfect gift for new grads).

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Now, using wrapping paper from sample books that were given to me, I made a bunch of holiday origami envelopes.

HINT: It is best to work with quality wrapping paper, not the cheap variety. I found this out the hard way. I started with some cheap wrapping paper a friend gave me, but I didn’t like the way it folded. Luckily my friends at Nimbus, a local Ashland gallery, gifted me some samples of wrapping paper at just the right time. So, get a heavier weight quality wrapping paper to get the best results.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

You can find links to the instructions to make these envelopes on my blog post: DIY Origami Envelope.
And to check out how to make them the size for gift cards, you can see my blog post: DIY Gift Card Origami Envelope.

Enjoy, Candy

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

I’m so excited to finally have in my hands Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There’s a paper project (along with instructions) for each month of the year. Plus, there’s a bonus month, December 2016!

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar plus the paper pack.

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert plus the paper pack.

In addition to the calendar, I also ordered the custom paper pack which includes all the materials to complete the projects. It has papers, beads, bamboo skewers, book board, balsa wood and tea lights. You can see them in the above photo.

12 Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert.

12 Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert.

I’ll be making these projects throughout 2017, so be sure to stay tuned and see how they turn out.

Link to purchase your own calendar: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Ashland Open Studio Tour 2016

I was one of 22 artists who opened their studios to the public during last weekend’s Ashland Open Studio Tour. It was non-stop people all weekend. And it was wonderful. I really enjoyed a number of enthusiastic children who wanted to learn how to make ladybugs, blob birds, spooky Halloween envelopes and more. It was delightful!

The display shelves in my home studio.

The display shelves in my home studio.

I apologize in advance for the quality of my photos. My house has windows everywhere, making it difficult to get good photos.

Paper wrapped pencils.

Paper wrapped pencils.

Looking down on triangle boxes and clover fold boxes.

Looking down on triangle boxes and clover fold boxes.

Looking down on truffle boxes and puffy pentagon boxes.

Looking down on truffle boxes and puffy pentagon boxes.

Looking down on paper lotus flowers.

Looking down on paper lotus flowers.

Origami mandalas and metal prints of my calligraphy and paste papers.

Origami mandalas and metal prints of my calligraphy and paste papers.

Origami gift card holders, hand paper cut cards, photo portfolios, Earth Spirit Vessel and origami mandalas.

Origami gift card holders, hand paper cut cards, photo portfolios, Earth Spirit Vessel and origami mandalas.

Sets of matching origami mandalas, lotus flowers and paper wrapped pencils.

Sets of matching origami mandalas, lotus flowers and paper wrapped pencils.

Now to get everything put away so I can start making art again. I have more ideas than time to make them all, which is a good thing. No boredom in this house!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Playing With My New Chiyogami Papers

This past week I’ve been making paper lotus flowers, origami mandalas and paper wrapped pencils out of the new Chiyogami papers I received from Washi Arts. I shared the photo of the papers I received on my last post and here is what I’ve been doing with them.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

I love these papers! The colors are spectacular and they fold beautifully. Yes, they are expensive, but so worth it.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

If you haven’t tried Chiyogami paper, treat yourself to a sheet. It’s a wonderful experience.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Origami Envelope

These origami envelopes, made from a square piece of paper, were showcased, along with both a diagram and video instructions, on Paula Beardell Krieg’s blog, Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works. She told me my envelopes for National Letter Writing Month were her inspiration.

These origami envelopes were each made from a square piece of paper.

These origami envelopes were each made from a square piece of paper.

Well, naturally, I had to try making these wonderful envelopes. And while they will not be able to be sent through the mail, they make lovely envelopes for enclosure cards and notes and gift cards and more.

Thanks to Paula Beardell Krieg for introducing me to these origami envelopes.

Thanks to Paula Beardell Krieg for introducing me to these origami envelopes.

For my envelopes, I started with an 8″ square piece of paper. You can use any size square for your envelope. An 8″ square will make an envelope approximately 3.5″ by 5.75″. That’s what I used to make all the envelopes shown in this blog post.

These origami envelopes are addictive. They are easy after you get the hang of the folding.

These origami envelopes are addictive. They are easy after you get the hang of the folding them.

Those of you who read my blog regularly, know I love making paste papers. Since I never know what I am going to want to make and what weight paper I’ll be wanting to use, I scan my paste papers so I can use them for a variety of projects. And that’s exactly what I did for these origami envelopes.

You can make these origami envelopes either a square or pointed tip for the envelope flat to fit behind.

You can make these origami envelopes with either a square or pointed tip for the envelope flat to fit behind.

I found that 20# bond paper (regular photocopy paper) was my preferred paper for folding these origami envelopes. So, I printed my paste paper designs on photocopy paper. They folded easily once I got the hang of folding them. I did make a mess of my first two, but it went smoothly from then on.

These origami envelopes are fun to make and quite addictive, too.

These origami envelopes are fun to make and quite addictive, too.

Instructions, both a diagram and a video, are on Paula Beardall Krieg’s blog: Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works. Thanks, Paula, for the wonderful instructions.

Happy folding, 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

 

Earth Spirit Vessels Are At Nimbus In Ashland, Oregon

Nimbus is one of my favorite stores in Ashland. It’s part gallery, part unique gift shop, part men’s shop, part women’s shop all with very unique and wonderful art and clothing. I have purchased many gifts for family and friends there over the years, even some gifts and clothes for myself. I am so excited to share that my Earth Spirit Vessels are now being carried by Nimbus.

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

I am so thrilled to have my Earth Spirit Vessels at Nimbus! It’s such an ego boost. Nimbus has a contemporary feel and I think my Earth Spirit Vessels fit right in with the other art on display there.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

I’m still bouncing off the ceiling with excitement. They will also be taking a bunch of my paper covered pencils. It feels so good to have people I respect want to carry my art.

Nimbus’ website: Nimbus 
More about my Earth Spirit Vessels: Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

This past week I’ve been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape. The first paste papers I made this summer were for Dreamscape. They are various shades of purple along with some gold.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

I love the combination of the purples with black, dramatic, powerful and beautiful. As I was putting the pieces together, the name Dreamscape popped into my mind. I think it’s perfect for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – More Paper Lotus Flowers

This past week, in addition to making flower envelopes (Flower Envelopes – The Process), I had a request from the Rogue Gallery for more of my Lotus Flowers. I just found some beautiful papers in my stash that I wanted to play with, so it was an easy decision to make them into Lotus Flowers.

This Japanese Paper made a beautiful Paper Lotus Flower.

This Japanese paper made a beautiful Paper Lotus Flower.

I never know for sure which papers will look great when made into Lotus Flowers. Sometimes I get a wonderful surprise, like with the Japanese paper above.

Some of the Paper Lotus Flowers I made for the Rogue Gallery.

Some of the Paper Lotus Flowers I made for the Rogue Gallery.

The next three Paper Lotus Flowers are also made from papers I hadn’t tried before. I like the way they came out too.

This yellow and orange with a paisley-like pattern made a gorgeous Paper Lotus Flower.

This yellow and orange paper with a paisley-like pattern made a gorgeous Paper Lotus Flower.

The leaf patterns on this paper are lovely for this Paper Lotus Flower.

The leaf patterns in pink, teal and gold on this paper are lovely for this Paper Lotus Flower.

Another great looking Paper Lotus Flower, this time with bronze colored leaves.

Another great looking Paper Lotus Flower, this time with bronze colored leaves.

I don't remember if I ever made this paper into a Paper Lotus flower. I love how delicate it looks.

I don’t remember if I ever made this paper into a Paper Lotus flower. I love how delicate it looks.

This peacock feather paper is a favorite of mine for making Paper Lotus Flowers.

This peacock feather paper is a favorite of mine for making Paper Lotus Flowers.

 

This is another favorite paper to make my Paper Lotus Flowers. I found this paper at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

This is another favorite paper to make my Paper Lotus Flowers. I found this paper at the University of Oregon Bookstore many years ago.

Another new paper for my Paper Lotus Flowers.

Another new paper for my Paper Lotus Flowers.

Here is the link to the post I did showing the process of how I make my Paper Lotus Flowers:
Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Congratulations Accordion Card Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

Close up of one of the Congratulations Accordion Card Books.

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

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

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

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

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

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – More Paper Wrapped Pencils

I’ve not been able to spend much time in my studio this past week due to my trip to Edmonds, Washington (see Thursday’s post: Four Glorious Days of Calligraphy) and showing at ArtFest, a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network. Still, I did manage to start to make some more paper wrapped pencils. My pencils have been selling well in both my studio at the Ashland Art Center and the Rogue Gallery in Medford.

Here are the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Here are the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Sometimes I work in my studio doing new and interesting things, like my flower envelope series, and sometimes I make more of things I’ve made many times before. This week I’ve been doing the latter. Yet, I still enjoy seeing the transformation of plain pencils into wonderful paper covered pencils.

Presentation matters. Here are 3 pencils wrapped in an Italian paper and tied with raffia. They look elegant.

Presentation matters. Here are 3 pencils wrapped in an Italian paper and tied with raffia. They look elegant, even though they’re “only” pencils.

Paper wrapped pencils. The set in the middle of a crossword puzzle is the most popular of all the pencils I have made.

Paper wrapped pencils. The set in the middle, made from a crossword puzzle, is the most popular of all the pencils I have made.

Paper wrapped pencils. All sorts of paper can be used to wrap pencils, though I suggest starting with a thin paper for your first set.

Paper wrapped pencils. All sorts of paper can be used to wrap pencils, though I suggest starting with a thin paper for your first set.

Paper wrapped pencils. Red and purple are popular colors, but they come in second after the crossword puzzle pencils.

Paper wrapped pencils. Red and purple are popular colors, but they come in second after the crossword puzzle pencils.

DIY instructions to make your own are on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

Enjoy, Candy