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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

2016 Year End Review and Preview of 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, I am amazed at how much art I accomplished while attending to the needs of others. 2016 has been the most stressful year of my life, and I think making art has been what got me through the year. I would not have made as much art this past year if I had not felt so committed to all of you who read and comment on my blog. I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure was one of my favorite DIY projects of 2016. DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

The square envelope with an interlocking heart closure is one of my favorite DIY’s from 2016. It has also received a lot of shares on the internet.

This Paper Origami Mandala is made with 8 pieces of paper 4 times longer in height as in width. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

My most popular blog post from 2016 was: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes. This post includes links to instructions to make a number of different patterns.

This tea bag rosette was made from 8 tea bag wrappers like the one in the photo above. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes.

I actually save my tea bag wrappers, fold them, and make origami rosettes. The above photo shows one of the many patterns that can be made using tea bag wrappers.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square. DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

I designed my Puffy Pentagon Box for the Oregon Chocolate Festival. This has been a favorite of many of my personal friends as well as those who read my blog on the internet. You can download the template from my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

These origami envelopes are fun to make and quite addictive, too. They were another favorite DIY blog post. DIY Origami Envelope

I wish to thank Paula Bearded Krieg for the instructions for these wonderful envelopes. My blog post: DIY Origami Envelope includes a link to her instructions.

This photo shows the different burl wood I was looking at for the base of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel. Nuptial Spirit Vessel – The Processl

Although I can look at the numbers and know which post got the most views, it’s impossible to decide which is my most successful blog post of the year. Some posts are viewed a lot. Others have lots of comments. Some are shared a lot, or have lots of Facebook likes or are pinned on Pinterest. Some blog posts have been up for most of the year and some only a few months or weeks.

Two little birds made from watercolor blobs. DIY – From Blobs To Birds

Going through my statistics, I found that my blog has been viewed from 168 countries. The internet is an amazing place. I am so happy that I can reach so many people who love paper art.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

My most popular photo on Pinterest brings thousands of views to the blog post 50 Triangle Boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Quite a few of my older blog posts are still getting a lot of views too. 50 Triangle Boxes for A 50th Wedding Anniversary gets thousands of views from a photo on Pinterest. The DIY – Triangle Boxes, which includes a link to the template for making these triangle boxes, gets lots of views too.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner that I made from her digital files. This photo has been shared a lot on Pinterest. Tiny Winter Walk Book

So what’s ahead for 2017? Obviously I will continue to do DIY blog posts. There will also be a lot of Art On The Go! blog posts about the paper art I make and see on my travels. And I will be writing about practicing random kindness and senseless acts of beauty throughout 2017 too.

Happy New Year! I look forward to a new and wonderfully creative 2017.

Enjoy, Candy

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

Tips & Tools – How I Use Beading Needles For Paper Crafts

As I was adding beads to my ribbons last week as closures for my Truffle Boxes (see Studio Snapshot – Making More Truffle Boxes), I realized many people may not know about the beading needles I use to get beads on ribbons.

Look closely at the ribbon and see how it goes through the large hole in the needle.

Look closely at the ribbon and see how it goes through the large hole in the needle.

These needles are very thin. The “eye” of the needle is actually in the center of the needle. It opens wide so the ribbon can slip in easily. It makes the process of slipping the beads on the ribbons so easy.

I also use these beading needles with thread and seed beads and other small beads when I make my paper garlands. It makes adding beads so easy.

If you look closely, you can see the beading needle is open in the middle. In this case it's not that important, what is important is how small it is and how easy it is to string seed beads on the needle.

If you look closely, you can see the beading needle is open in the middle. In this case it’s not that important, what is important is how small it is and how easy it is to string seed beads on the needle.

I got my beading needles at my local bead shop. I’m sure they’re readily available elsewhere as well. They’re not very expensive, which is good because they’re easy to lose and do occasionally break when I use too small of a bead for the ribbon. I try and always have an extra pack or two in my supply drawer.

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 – 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

DIY – Colorful Spiral Paper Flowers

Wildflowers are everywhere I look. They’re so colorful and inspiring.  They inspired me  to try making some colorful spiral paper flowers.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I’ve seen lots of this type of paper flower all over the internet for some time now. I decided it was time for me to try to make some. Although they were fun and fairly easy to make, there was a bit of a learning curve. Isn’t there always when you try something new?

I couldn't stop trying different colors of these spiral paper flowers.

I couldn’t stop trying different colors of these spiral paper flowers.

These flowers start with a circle which you cut into a spiral. Because I wanted to make the best use of my paper, I made my circles 5 and 1/4 inches in diameter so that I could get 2 out of an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper. While I had success with these, I think next time I’ll start with a larger circle. Maybe I’ll make a number of different sized flowers.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I have seen instructions to make these flowers from card stock to text weight paper to napkins. I made mine from 60# text weight paper and it worked well.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a circle out of paper
  2. If you wish, you can trace a spiral on your circle with a pencil.
  3. Cut your spiral. If you trace your spiral, then be sure to erase your pencil lines after you cut.
  4. Roll your spiral from the outside of the circle inward. I found a toothpick helped me to start rolling the paper.
  5. Once you’ve rolled to the center, gently release the spiral until it forms the shape you like.
  6. Glue the bottom and hold until glue dries. I used a hot glue gun because the glue dries quickly.

Warning: Be careful if you use a glue gun. Mine fell over (off its stand) and melted a bit of my cutting mat. And that glue’s pretty darn hot too. Be careful!

I can see that these spiral paper flowers could become addictive. Try them in all sorts of sizes and colors.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Color Your Own Flower Envelope

Adult coloring books have become popular of late. So, I thought my readers might be interested in coloring their own flower envelope. I’ve done the drawing and have a template that you can print out. All you have to do is to cut out the envelope, fold it, and color it.

These are the markers and pens I used to color my flower envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

These are the markers and pens I used to color my flower envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

I know not everyone feels comfortable drawing, so this way you don’t have to. I drew the flower, scanned it, and placed it on on the front of the envelope. I made the template to fit on an 8.5″ by 11″ paper. It makes an A-2 size envelope, but you can size it to fit whatever paper size you can print on.

My finished envelope. Downloadable template is at end of blog post.

My finished envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

Flower Envelope Template

Happy Coloring, Candy

DIY – Square Envelope Made From Paper Circles

I had a bunch of donated paper shopping bags of various sizes left over from the Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Sale I managed last fall. I wanted to find some use for them. I had seen where someone made square envelopes from 4 paper circles and decided that would be a great use for these bags.

Square paper envelope (above right) made from Coldwater Creek paper bag.

Square paper envelope (above right) made from four paper circles cut from a Coldwater Creek paper shopping bag.

Cutting circles out of different portions of the bag made it possible for me to use specific portions of the bag where I like the pattern.

I used an old CD as my template to cut circles out of my paper bags to make my envelopes.

I used an old CD as my template to cut circles out of my paper bags to make my envelopes.

While the circles can be of any size, I used an old CD as my template. It’s something most people have access to, so I decided to use it for my template.

Four paper circles are folded in half, then intertwined like you would to close a box lid. I used a piece of removable tape to keep the circles in place before turning it over for gluing.

Four paper circles are folded in half, then intertwined like you would to close a box lid. I used a piece of removable tape to keep the circles in place before turning it over for gluing.

Fold the circles in half, then position them (one flap over and one flap under all around to make the square). I found I had to adjust the folded circles a bit to make them form a square. I put a piece of removable tape on the center (see above photo) to hold it in place before gluing.

Turn the envelope over and glue under each of the four flaps.

Turn the envelope over and glue under each of the four flaps.

Turn the envelope over and glue under each of the four flaps as shown in the above photo. Any glue will work for this. Just be careful to use just a little bit for thin papers so it doesn’t crinkle the paper.

Square envelope made from paper circles.

Square envelope made from four paper circles cut from a paper gift bag. In order to use this bag, I had a couple of holes in my circles from where the handles were. I just made sure they were on the inside of the folding, so they wouldn’t show.

These envelopes are easy to do. As with most projects, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but after making a couple of these envelopes, they go really fast.

Square envelope made from four circles cut out of a Happy Birthday gift bag. You notice the word "birthday" showing on the top left envelope flap.

Square envelope made from four circles cut out of a Happy Birthday gift bag. Notice the word “birthday” showing on the top left envelope flap. I cut out my circles to make sure it would show.

Position the CD before cutting to get the best possible pattern from the bag.

Square envelope made four circles cut from a Coldwater Creek shopping bag.

Square envelope made four circles cut from a Coldwater Creek shopping bag.

While I used old gift bags, these envelopes can be made from any paper. Scrapbooking paper or paste paper will work fine.

Square envelope made from four paper circles cut from a gift bag.

Square envelope made from four paper circles cut from a gift bag.

A really fun children’s project would be to use portions of drawings or paintings made by children. The circles could be larger or smaller, depending on what you wanted to put in the envelope.

Square envelope made from four circles cut from a white gift bag that someone had sprayed with color and spray webbing.

Square envelope made from four circles cut from a white gift bag that someone had sprayed with color and spray webbing.

This was a fun project. I love it when I can recycle or upcycle to make something new from something that was going to be discarded.

Five square envelopes made from circles cut from old gift bags.

Five square envelopes made from circles cut from old gift bags.

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

 

 

 

Wrapping Paper Made From Paper Scraps

I try and find uses for my paper scraps and trimmings. I use scraps left over from making my Paper Lotus Flowers to make my Paper Wrapped Pencils. This year, I’m trimmings to make wrapping paper for my holiday gifts.

Christmas gifts for my dad wrapped woven paper scraps.

Christmas gifts for my dad wrapped woven paper scraps.

I must say that this takes a bit of time to weave, so it’s great if you have small gifts. Luckily, my gifts this year are mostly small gifts. For my larger gifts, I made lined fabric bags that are reusable. I made about 30 bags in various sizes about 10 years ago and my family and I continue to use them every year.

I wove this wrapping paper from 25" trimmings off paper that I cut to make my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I wove this wrapping paper from 25″ trimmings off paper that I cut to make my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have boxes of paper scraps. I have them organized into plain paper, decorated paper, metallic paper and, or course, paste paper. I take the boxes to workshops and retreats and share them with friends. Still, I have a whole lot of paper scraps, especially the plain paper.

I have taped the edges and then cut the excess with scissors.

I have taped the edges and then cut the excess with scissors.

When I cut the paper for my Earth Spirit Vessels, I end up with a 25″ narrow strip of paper with a deckle edge left over. I decided to use these strips, deckle and all, to weave paper to use for gift wrap.

Close up of my paper weaving. I love how the deckled edge adds to the character of the weaving.

Close up of my paper weaving. I love how the deckled edge adds to the character of the weaving.

I didn’t worry about making this perfect, as it’s wrapping paper. I taped the edges to secure the strips and cut off the excess.

Three gifts wrapped in woven paper scraps.

Three gifts wrapped in woven paper scraps.

I really enjoyed the look, even if it wasn’t traditional holiday colors.

Happy Holidays, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Feels Like Slow Motion

Work in my studio is moving at a snails pace. My life is proceeding in what feels like slow motion. I had eye surgery a little over a week ago, and though I’m recovering quite nicely, many naps are required each day.

Just few of the paint samples given me to do something with from Ashland Hardware.

Just few of the hundreds of paint samples given me by Ashland Hardware.

The good news is that the surgery was successful and I am expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that it could take up to a year for my vision to get back to normal. So, my reduced vision and reduced time in the studio, has slowed down my paper art.

I've been punching and cutting triangle and heart shapes in the paint samples.

I’ve been punching and cutting triangle and heart shapes in the paint samples.

This past week I did play around with the large batch of paint chips. I was given a salesman’s case of hundreds and hundreds of 4″ square paint samples from Ashland Hardware. I made flowers from them this past spring (blog post: Studio Snapshot – Spring Paper Flowers. Now I’m playing with hearts and triangles.

Two of the heart punches I've been playing with to punch some of the paint samples.

Two of the heart punches I’ve been playing with to punch some of the paint samples.

I’m thinking the triangles may become trees and the hearts may become cards. And I may play around with stars next, between my naps that is.

Enjoy, Candy

 

 

Studio Snapshot – Winter Wonderland Garland

This past week, I’ve been making garland strands of circles to hang from a branch. My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by the autumn window display I saw last month at Red Sail, one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in Portland.

This photo of my Winter Wonderland Garland was taken outside my house.

This photo of my Winter Wonderland Garland was taken outside my house.

Red Sail, on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon, is always one of my go-to places to visit. In addition to having the most marvelous merchandise (modern and unique that fits my style), they have great window displays. I was inspired by their autumn colored circle garlands to create one of my own in cool winter colors.

My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by this window display at Red Sail in Portland.

My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by this window display at Red Sail in Portland.

Close up of the window display at Red Sail in Portland that was the inspiration of my Winter Wonderland Garland.

Close up of the window display at Red Sail in Portland that was the inspiration of my Winter Wonderland Garland.

I found the perfect muted purple and blue metallic papers at the University of Oregon Bookstore in Eugene, Oregon. I cut 1.75″ circles from these papers and painted a “swish” across each circle in silver.

These are the materials I used to make my Winter Wonderland Garland.

These are the materials I used to make my Winter Wonderland Garland.

I found some metallic thread in my stash and pasted my circles to it. No measuring, I just put them wherever I felt they should go. I pasted a blue to purple with the thread going between. I folded the paper just a bit to give it a little dimension.

Our latest winter storm broke off the branch I used to hang my garland strands from.

Our latest winter storm broke off the branch I used to hang my garland strands from.

A winter storm caused some branches to break off of one of my trees, so I dried them out in my garage for a couple of days, then pruned them a little bit and hung my garlands from one of the branches.

Winter Wonderland Garland

Winter Wonderland Garland

My garland will be hanging in front of one of my windows, but taking photos in front of a window doesn’t work well, so I’ve photographed the branch in a couple of locations to give you an idea of how it turned out. It looks much better in person than in the photos.

I love the interplay of the shadows and the circles on my Winter Wonderland Garland.

I love the interplay of the shadows and the circles on my Winter Wonderland Garland.

Winter Wonderland Garland

Winter Wonderland Garland

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Paper Poinsettia

These paper poinsettias are easy to make and can be used for holiday decorations, package toppers, table centerpieces or place cards. I made mine in off white and in red, traditional poinsettia colors.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

I started out by folding strips of paper in half lengthwise. Then I cut out 8 boat shaped petals of each of 3 sizes. Photo below shows the paper folded and pencil marks for each of the three sizes of petals along with how the petals look once cut and opened.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

I cut 8 petals of each of the three sizes and a square of card stock to glue the petals to. I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner to help line up the petals. I started by gluing the larger petals around the square (see photo below). The second layer uses the middle sized petals and the last layer used the smallest petals (see photo below). I then glued a button or bead in the center of the Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

For my first Paper Poinsettia, I used glue stick to attach the petals. It worked fine. For the rest, I used a hot glue gun, which I rarely use as I am not very adept with a glue gun. However, for this project, having the globs of dried hot glue actually helped add dimension to the Paper Poinsettia. I preferred the end result of using the glue gun, but any glue will work.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

I used a heavy text weight, about 60# to 70# papers. Feel free to experiment with different colors, weights and sizes of petals. Play and enjoy.

Happy Holidays, Candy

My Favorite Place To Buy Paper: The University of Oregon Bookstore

The University of Oregon Bookstore has the best selection of decorative papers I have ever seen. And luckily, it’s about half way between my home and Portland, Oregon, which I visit multiple times a year.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

I try to time my trips to or from Portland so that I pass through Eugene when the University of Oregon Bookstore is open. This past week. I made sure I left Portland early enough to have a couple of hours to browse through papers in the Bookstore, a trip of about 300 miles.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

On this latest trip, I looked through the 6 huge binders which contain samples of decorated papers, each sample in a plastic sleeve. I managed to get out the door with a mere 21 sheets of paper this time. If you love paper and are in Eugene, you’ll love visiting the basement of the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

I found some shimmery paper that I think would make great holiday garlands. Look for them to appear in an upcoming blog post.

Enjoy, Candy