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Studio Snapshot – More Paper Wrapped Pencils

When I made an enormous amount of paper wrapped pencils a few months ago, I thought they would last at least until the end of the year. Boy was I mistaken! I’ve had to make more for both my own studio and a couple of orders for Nimbus. (Please note: this is not a complaint. I’m super glad they’re so popular.)

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Some of the paper wrapped pencils I made this past week.

Nimbus also asked for a few more “masculine” looking pencils. I looked through a number of my paper scraps and I think I came up with a number of papers that have sort of a “masculine” feel to them. What do you think?

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more "masculine" feel.

These are some of the paper wrapped pencils I made for the request I received for a more “masculine” feel.

The process for wrapping pencils takes a number of days to complete. First I wrap the pencil using acrylic matte medium as my “glue.” Then I apply two coats of acrylic matte medium to the paper on the pencils after they have been wrapped. The pencils need to dry between coats. I then let the pencils dry for a couple more days before wrapping them with raffia to create sets.

I think these fit the request for a "masculine" paper wrapped pencil.

Close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” paper wrapped pencil.

This past week I wrapped over 100 pencils. Not all of them are dry yet. These should last me through next spring since our local tourist season is now ending.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a "masculine" pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

Another close up. I think these fit the request for a “masculine” pencil. The pencil set in the middle is from a paper of postage stamps.

If you would like to make your own paper wrapped pencils, check out the instructions on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Washi Tape Wrapped Pencils

The last time I was up in Portland, I picked up a couple of rolls of paper washi tape at Collage, an art supply store. I didn’t know what I would do with them when I bought them, but I knew I’d figure out something. Yesterday I used the washi tape to wrap pencils.

These two pencils were wrapped with paper washi tape.

These two pencils were wrapped with paper washi tape.

Washi tape is a paper tape that comes in lots of colors and designs. It comes in lots of different widths too. There are so many ways to use this tape. I’ve been afraid to buy too much of it because I’m afraid it could become quite addictive. Other than adding it to decorate envelopes, this is my first attempt at using it.

I cut my washi tape almost the length of my pencil, then started wrapping it around the pencil.

I cut my washi tape almost the length of my pencil, then started wrapping it around the pencil.

Usually I wrap my pencils with scraps of decorated paper (for instructions on that see: Paper Wrapped Pencils). When wrapping pencils, I use acrylic matte medium and it can get a little messy. Using washi tape to wrap pencils is both faster and less messy.

I taped the washi tape on itself to make for a wider tape that would wrap around the pencil.

I taped the washi tape on itself to make for a wider tape that would wrap around the pencil.

I started by cutting my washi tape just a little shorter than my pencil, then wrapping it around the pencil. That worked fine for my first washi tape which was wide enough to wrap around the entire pencil. For the narrower washi tape, I simply taped the tape to itself to make a wider tape. It worked wonderfully.

The finished washi tape pencil.

The finished washi tape pencil.

Then I sharpened the pencils and I was done. I think I’ll visit Collage for more washi tape the next time I’m in Portland. They have the largest selection of washi tape that I’ve seen at any retail store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – More Paper Wrapped Pencils

Most of this past week was devoted to making a huge batch of paper wrapped pencils. I only had 4 sets of pencils in my studio and The Rogue Gallery was almost out as well.

These are some of the over 150 pencils I wrapped in paper this past week.

These are some of the over 150 pencils I wrapped in paper this past week.

I was obviously overdue for a long session with paper, matte medium, paper scraps, sand paper, naked pencils and rafia. I say naked pencils because I use pencils that haven’t been painted. It’s easier for the paper to stick to unpainted pencils. It makes for a lot less sanding. I like anything that makes my job easier.

I use paper scraps to wrap my pencils whenever possible. These pencils were wrapped in Thai Momi paper that was left over from making a wreath.

I use paper scraps to wrap my pencils whenever possible. These pencils were wrapped in Thai Momi paper that was left over from making a wreath.

The above photo shows a left over scrap from when I made my Thanksgiving Paper Leaves Wreath. Note that the paper on the pencils looks a bit darker. That’s the effect of the matte medium I use on the paper to seal it. I seal my paper wrapped pencils with two coats of matte medium. It protects the paper and it also protects fingers from getting any color offset from the paper.

I like wrapping my pencils with rafia. The rafia is left over from a basket project I did many years ago.

I like wrapping my pencils with rafia. The rafia is left over from a basket project I did many years ago.

I try and reuse art (and non-art) items as much as possible. The rafia I use to tie my paper wrapped pencils together is from a long ago basket project. I knew the rafia would come in useful again, so I kept it. I do try and give away as much as I can that I don’t think will ever be useful to me again.

The paper for these paper wrapped pencils were left overs from making paper lotus flowers like the one in the center.

The paper for these paper wrapped pencils were left overs from making paper lotus flowers like the one in the center of this photo.

Many of my paper scraps come from end cuts from making my paper lotus flowers. Sometimes people will buy a lotus flower and a matching set of pencils for a gift.

My two most popular paper wrapped pencils.

My two most popular paper wrapped pencils.

My two most popular paper wrapped pencils are the crossword pencils and the music pencils. It was the crossword pencils that started me on the journey to making paper wrapped pencils. I made them as a gift for my dad the year he requested I not get him anything for Christmas. Since he loved doing crossword puzzles, I made these for him. He loved them and forgave me for giving him a Christmas gift.

These pencils were wrapped with chiyogami papers.

These pencils were wrapped with chiyogami papers.

If you are interested in making paper wrapped pencils, I have instructions on my blog post DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Creating Inventory

I am very lucky to have a studio in the Ashland Art Center. What that means, is that as I spent most of August and September working furiously on making paste papers in my garage at home, I was still selling lots of art from my studio at the Art Center.

These are just some of the paper covered pencils I've been making for sale in my studio.

These are just some of the paper covered pencils I’ve been making for sale in my studio.

Sales were great. So, now it’s time to buckle down and get busy making more of my paper art to replace what sold.

Crossword puzzles and sheet music are the most popular of my paper wrapped pencils.

Crossword puzzles and sheet music are the most popular of my paper wrapped pencils.

This past week, I concentrated my efforts on making paper wrapped pencils. I sold out, so now it’s time to make more. Plus, I’m wanting to make some to sell at our neighborhood Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale that takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The papers for these paper wrapped pencils are oriental papers. Most are from the left overs after I made paper lotus flowers.

The papers for these paper wrapped pencils are oriental papers. Most are from the left overs after I made paper lotus flowers.

Although the gold doesn't show up too well in this photo, the papers from these paper wrapped pencils all have gold on them.

Although the gold doesn’t show up too well in this photo, the papers from these paper wrapped pencils all have gold on them.

More paper wrapped pencils with gold on the papers.

More paper wrapped pencils with gold on the papers.

More paper wrapped pencils.

More paper wrapped pencils with an oriental feel to them. The set of pencils on the right were made with origami paper that a friend gave me.

It’s been a busy week, but very rewarding too.

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