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Studio Snapshot – Birds From Blobs On Envelopes

With the Open Studio Tour behind me, I figured it was time to catch up on some overdue correspondence. So, this past week I played with making blobs into birds, ending up with some colorful, happy envelopes. If you missed the instructions for making birds from blobs, check out my blog post: DIY – From Blobs to Birds.

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

After making the envelopes, I went to my local Post Office and got their last birds stamps. I hope they get more because I plan on making more of these envelopes.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each cof these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I love how colorful these envelopes are. I demonstrated how to make these little birds during the Open Studio Tour, and they were instant hits.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I played around with different watercolors, and they all worked fine, even the inexpensive ones. All you need are some watercolor paints and a black marker.

Although you can't see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle in person.

Although you can’t see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle.

These envelopes are sure to brighten someone’s day. Why not try making some of your own?

NOTE: 
For those of you who have signed up to receive my blog posts by email, please know that there was some sort of program glitch this past month and many of the blog posts did not get sent. So, you may want to check my blog itself to see what you missed.

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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 – Getting Ready For Ashland Open Studio Tour

This past week I’ve been cleaning my house and studio to get it ready for the Ashland Open Studio Tour. I’m opening my home studio to the public this next weekend. It’s a first for me and I’m a little anxious about it.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The box I made from one of my paste papers to hold the Tour Passports for the drawing.

The only paper art I made this past weekend was the box to hold the Tour Passports. Each of the studios need to have a box to collect the passports. Two passports will be drawn, one for two tickets to A Taste of Ashland and another for $100 towards the purchase of local artwork.

Now I’m back to cleaning and organizing.

Enjoy, Candy

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Last year, before my friend Dorothy moved, she gave me a couple sheets of one of her Dinky Doodles. I’m not sure if they’re laser or ink jet copies, but I absolutely love them! I put them away and forgot about them until I was going through the paper piles in my studio closet this past week.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I decided it was time for me to do something with these doodles that Dorothy gave me. The papers were light weight copy paper, so I decided folded little paper boxes would look great out of these papers.

These were the two Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

These were the two Dinky Doodle papers that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

I folded the tops of the boxes out of Dorothy’s paper and made the bottoms of the boxes out of colorful coordinating papers.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy's Dinky Doodle paper.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy’s Dinky Doodle papers.

Dorothy paints what she calls Dinky Doodles on papers. It’s fun and easy for anyone to do. Then she copies her doodles. This would be a perfect project to do with children. It would work well with crayons or watercolors or markers.

Little boxes made from Dorothy's painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Little boxes made from Dorothy’s painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – More Playing With Paper Cutting

I haven’t spent much time in my studio this past week as I was camping in the high desert of Oregon. It was a wonderful time for me to relax and commune with nature. It was very restorative and I now have a lot more art energy pent up. I’m ready to start working on my art with a new vigor.

After cutting these flowers, I put paste papers behind the cut out portions to give them each unique colors and patterns.

After cutting these flowers, I put paste papers behind the cut out portions to give them each unique colors and patterns.

What time I did spend in my studio was playing around with the paper cutting I started last month. I made a few more flower designs and played with putting some of my paste papers behind them the cut out areas.

A single hand cut flower backed with painted paste paper.

A single hand cut flower backed with painted paste paper.

I like the look of these and will continue to explore imitrex paper cutting. I am sure this is just the beginning of a new addition to my paper addiction.

Hand cut flowers backed with painted paste paper.

Hand cut flowers backed with painted paste paper.

For details about how I cut my cards, check out my blog post: DIY – Playing With Paper Cutting.

A single hand cut flower backed with painted paste paper.

A single hand cut flower backed with painted paste paper.

I photographed my cards on one of my paste papers. To learn more about my paste papers, check out my blog post: Making Paste Papers: Part One.

Hand cut flowers backed with painted paste paper.

Hand cut flowers backed with painted paste paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Autumn Blaze

This past week I have been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze. I actually started this last fall, but was so busy this past winter and spring, that I never got it finished. So after coming back from a wonderful calligraphy and art retreat, I decided to finish some past projects before I delved into starting new pieces of paper art.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Some of the papers in Autumn Blaze are hand painted paste papers. I included gold powder in the paste paper. It gives the vessel a subtle glow that isn’t quite apparent in the photo.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

Autumn Blaze contains 592 pieces of hand folded pieces of 2″ by 4″ paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times and glued in place. While it is not necessary to glue the pieces, I have never had anyone want a vessel that was not glued. I only raised boys, and I know how inquisitive minds like to take things apart to see how they were made. I think my customers must think like me.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is beginning to take shape.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is starting to take shape.

If you want to know more about my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out these blog posts of mine:
Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 4)

I’ve been having a fun time designing matching envelopes and stationery this month. I’ve been sending out at least one letter a day in a hand decorated envelope in honor of April being National Letter Writing Month. These are the envelopes I sent out last week.

I sent Lilli this envelope and stationery for day 19 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Lilli for day 19 of National Letter Writing Month.

I sent Lilli a paste paper envelope last year, so I wanted to send her a different type of envelope this year.

This letter and envelope went to Shelly for day 20 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Shelly for day 20 of National Letter Writing Month.

Shelly (above) and Leanne (below) are participants in the Letters of Joy Envelope Exchange. I like the way both of these envelopes and matching stationery came out.

This letter and envelope went to Leanne for day 21 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Leanne for day 21 of National Letter Writing Month.

It’s been fun to exchange envelopes with others around the country and sometimes around the world. I’ve been in numerous envelope exchanges and they really are lots of fun. I’ve made a number of new pen pals and friends.

This letter and two envelopes went to Diane for day 22 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and two envelopes went to Diane for day 22 of National Letter Writing Month.

Diane does the most wonderful iris folding using both oriental papers and old kimono fabric. I wanted to send her an envelope that had a Japanese feel to it. So I put her letter into an origami envelope and put the envelope into a translucent envelope so you could see the detail of the paste paper and the folded origami envelope inside. I used colors to go with the wonderful cherry blossoms on the stamp. I really like the way it came together. Sometimes my ideas work the first time around.

This letter and envelope went to Eric, in France, for day 23 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Eric, in France, for day 23 of National Letter Writing Month.

I have exchanged a number of pieces of mail art with Eric over the years. He lives in France and has pen pals all over the world. He has a blog: My Mail Art World. Check it out to see lots of creative envelopes and art.

This letter and envelope went to Sharon for day 24 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Sharon for day 24 of National Letter Writing Month.

My dear friend, Sharon, used to live just down the street from me. We would get together at least once a week. She moved to Portland nearly 4 years ago and I miss her dearly. We stay in touch via phone and snail mail, and an occasional visit. I sent her letter in this envelope made from one of my paste papers.

This letter and envelope went to Susan for day 25 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Susan for day 25 of National Letter Writing Month.

I have not yet met Susan, even though we’ve been exchanging decorated envelopes and calligraphy for some time. She’s on the East Coast and I’m on the West Coast. Maybe some day we’ll manage to meet in person. Meanwhile, our mail goes back and forth across the country.

To see the envelopes I sent out in other weeks see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter  Writing Month – Week 2
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy letter writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Ink Jet Magnet Sheets

I have not been working in my studio this past week. Instead, I’ve been helping my dad downsize. While there have been difficult decisions to make, I’ve also come across lots of wonderful memories in the process.

I was able to print out 28 of the bird designs on each magnet sheet.

I was able to print out 28 of the bird designs on each magnet sheet.

One of those memories was finding a magnet I made with one of my mom’s Chinese brush painting birds on it. I made hundreds of these little magnets to give away to everyone who attended my mother’s exhibit of her Chinese brush paintings. I scanned the image of a bird she had painted and printed 28 images per page of it on an 8.5″ by 11″  ink jet magnet sheet. I then cut them out carefully with a craft knife.

I was able to print 28 of these little magnets out of a single 8.5" by 11" sheet.

I was able to print 28 of these little magnets out of a single 8.5″ by 11″ sheet.

It was my mom’s first showing of her work. She considered herself a student, not an artist. However, the show was a success and she received lots of positive feedback from those who saw the show. Even now, over 10 years later, friends still comment on how they still have and treasure the little bird magnet.

These sheets of magnet paper are fairly thin and easy to cut. They are great for refrigerator decorations, school lockers and metal doors. I’m sure there are lots more creative uses for these sheets than I’ve not thought of.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Thank You Cards

I received a request to make some Thank You cards for our local Community Art Committee of which I am a member. There are times when we need to send out thank you’s and the committee thought it would be great to have it made by one of the artist members.

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

One of the members suggested using a photo of one of my lotus flowers. So, here’s what I made this past week. I hand lettered the “thank you” and scanned it into the computer. I then changed the color of the “thank you” to match the color of the lotus flower that I photographed. Photoshop is great!

One of the new thank you cards for the Community Art Committee

One of the new thank you cards for our Community Art Committee

Enjoy, 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 – Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers

A couple of weeks ago, the Rogue Gallery requested some of my Paper Lotus Flowers in holiday colors. So I went to my stash of papers, which seems to have grown in numerous locations in my house, and found a number which I thought were appropriate colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

So, this past week was full of making lots and lots of Holiday Themed Paper Lotus Flowers. In addition to the Rogue Gallery, I needed to make some for my studio at the Ashland Art Center and for our neighborhood Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Sale.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

One of my favorite new Paper Lotus Flowers made with a Japanese paper with a leaf pattern on it.

I still have a few more dozen Lotus Flowers finish, so I’ll continue to make more this week. I just love how different the papers look once they are made into Paper Lotus Flowers. It’s not always easy to predict which ones will make a fantastic Lotus flower once cut and folded.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

I love the green geometric shapes on this Paper Lotus Flower.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a leaf pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Another Paper Lotus Flower made from a Japanese paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flower made from an Italian paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Another Paper Lotus Flower with a grometric pattern.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors (the one on the right reminds me of a stained glass window).

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers

I really enjoyed playing with so many different lovely papers this past week.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Back Making More Paste Papers

My burn is healing and I’m back making my paste papers. It looks as though I’ll be making my paste papers well into September.  I want to have enough paste papers to last me until next summer.

I have cut purple paste papers into 2" by 4" rectangles and am folding them into units that will eventually become one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have cut purple paste papers into 2″ by 4″ rectangles and am folding them into units that will eventually become one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

What’s new this year is that I need to make a lot more paste papers to incorporate into my Earth Spirit Vessels. The vessels I made last year were quite popular, so I will be making more this year.

I love the various colors of purple and gold that will eventually find their way into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

I love the various colors of purple and gold that will eventually find their way into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is what has been happening in my studio this past week. With my burn, I’ve been cutting and folding more than making paste papers. But, I’ve now healed enough to start making more paste papers again.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Paste Papers For The Month Of August

This week I cleared out my garage and set it up to make paste papers. I do this each summer, usually in August, when it’s hot and my paste papers can dry quickly. I cooked my favorite archival paste recipe, added acrylic paints and started making my paste papers.

I turned my garage into my paste paper studio for the month of August.

I turned my garage into my paste paper studio for the month of August.

The above photo shows how I set up my garage in order to make paste papers. There is my work station in the center with an “in progress” paste paper. The wet of the paste shows more as a glare in the photo. I have my water bath set up behind my paste paper. My drying racks are in the back of the photo.

The paste papers I made day 1. They dry rather wrinkled and need to be ironed.

The paste papers I made day 1. They dry rather wrinkled and need to be ironed.

After the paste papers are dried, they need to be ironed. The pile in the above photo are from my first day of making paste papers. They will be ironed with a dry iron. I put them in a pillowcase or between two pieces of cloth when I iron them and put a wooden board beneath the cloth.

I will show further updates on my paste paper making throughout the month.

For more information on the making of paste papers, check out these two blog posts of mine:
Making Paste Papers – Part One
Making Paste Papers – Part Two

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Organizing Beads In Paper Boxes

This past week I was looking for some beads for a project I was working on and realized that my bead “collection” was totally out of control. I had well over 100 little plastic baggies full of beads. Looking through all those baggies just wasn’t efficient.

My new bead organization in progress. I'm making little paper boxes and sorting my beads by color.

My new bead organization in progress. I’m making little paper boxes and sorting my beads by color.

Then I remembered how organized my friend Michelle’s beads were. So, off to Michaels for some clear plastic boxes that were designed to hold scrapbook paper. I bought a number of these boxes and made little paper boxes to hold all my beads. With little boxes, I can easily rearrange the beads if necessary.

Close up showing how I sorted my beads by color.

Close up showing how I sorted my beads by color.

It took me a couple of days to make the paper boxes and a couple more to sort through all my beads. I know I have some more red beads and some more paper beads, but I haven’t found them yet. When I find them, I’ll rearrange the boxes once more so I have like colors together.

Paper beads, green beads, earth tone beads and an empty box waiting to be filled.

Paper beads, green beads, earth tone beads and an empty box yet to be filled.

Once I got my beads sorted into my paper boxes, I realized that I really needed lids for the boxes so the beads wouldn’t spill into neighboring boxes while I was moving the plastic box they were in. I also realized that I wanted clear plastic lids so I could easily see the beads without having to open all the boxes.

I made clear plastic lids for my paper boxes so I can see exactly what beads are inside and protect them from spilling while I'm carrying the container.

I made clear plastic lids for my paper boxes so I can see exactly what beads are inside and protect them from spilling while I’m carrying the container.

My answer was to take used clear plastic container lids and cut out a 2″ by 3.5″ rectangle. I scored and folded .75″ on both of the long sides of the plastic so I ended up with a 2″ square with .75″ flaps on 2 sides. I then slipped the flaps into the sides of the box and I had my clear plastic lid. (See photo above. Both bead boxes on the left have clear plastic lids on them.)

Now I'm able to see all my beads at a glance. It was well worth the effort!

Now I’m able to see all my beads at a glance. It was well worth the effort!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Eco-Holders

I made my first Eco-Holder a few years ago after going to an Estate Sale where the sellers were going to take a garage full of paperback books to the landfill. I took three large garbage bags full of these books and tried to think of something to do with them that would keep them out of the landfill. Eco-Holders were the result.

Three Eco-Holders made from recycled books, tiles and beads.

Three Eco-Holders made from recycled books, tiles and beads.

I used all recycled components to make my Eco-Holders. The books were saved from going to the landfill. The tiles and beads are from Habitat for Humanity ReStore, from the discard bin at a local tile shop or from Scrap in Portland.

I originally made Eco-Holders to hold business cards, but people have used them to hold many different things.

I originally made Eco-Holders to hold business cards, but people have used them to hold many different things.

After folding and making what I thought was something to hold business cards, I started selling my Eco-Holders in my studio at the Ashland Art Center.

Another Eco-Holder that I made this past week.

Another Eco-Holder that I made this past week.

My customers have found many other uses for my Eco-Holders. They have been used to hold poetry, recipes, “to-do” notes, grocery lists, Christmas cards (for a display), business cards and more.

This Eco-Holder reminds me of a hedgehog.

This Eco-Holder reminds me of a hedgehog.

Making Eco-Holders is what I’ve been doing in my studio this past week. I really enjoy making something useful out of recycled items.

This Eco-Holder sits on a peg and can be turned upside down for a slightly different look.

This Eco-Holder sits on a peg and can be turned upside down for a slightly different look.

Enjoy, Candy