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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

Memories Of My Dad: Tea Bag Folding Holiday Garland

Every Monday I my dad and I would go out to his favorite restaurant for lunch. While we would order different items from the menu, our beverages were always the same. He would order English Breakfast Tea and I would order Green Tea. When I started folding tea bag wrappers early this year, we started saving our tea bag wrappers from our Monday lunches.

Holiday Garland made from tea bag wrappers. I sewed them together with gold thread.

Holiday Garland made from tea bag wrappers. They are sewed together with gold thread.

I realized that our tea bag wrappers were red and green, the perfect color combination for the holiday season. I played around with different combinations, all green and all red, but my favorite was the red and green together.

Our tea bag wrappers along with the front and back of the folded rosettes.

Our tea bag wrappers along with the front and back of the folded rosettes.

My original plan was to make red and green tea bag garlands to decorate my dad’s Christmas tree. I showed him my idea and he loved it. Unfortunately my dad passed away a little over a month ago. I am now making these garlands as a memory of our Monday lunches together.

Close up of the folded rosette.

Close up of the folded rosette.

Each garland has eight 2″ by 2″ squares cut from the front of the tea bag wrapper. You can see how they are folded in the above photo. The pieces are then glued together to make the rosette.

Front and back of the rosettes along with the folded squares ready to become another rosette.

Front and back of the rosettes along with the folded squares ready to become another rosette.

If you are interested in making some of these yourself, check out my blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Start creating your own memories!

Enjoy, Candy

Art On The Go! – Tea Bag Folding

Another trip this past week in Josie, our new-to-us camper, gave me a little more experience in organizing and making art while traveling. With limited space, I had to pick my project carefully and decide what to take on this trip. For this trip it was cutting and folding tea bag wrappers.

This tea bag rosette was made from 8 tea bag wrappers like the one in the photo above.

This tea bag rosette was made from 8 tea bag wrappers like the one in the photo above.

My friends have been graciously saving and giving me their tea bag wrappers for a number of months and I have amassed a rather large number of them. I decided to take a stack of the tea bag wrappers with me and cut them into 2″ squares as well as start folding them into rosettes. I wanted to try a new fold I had found and see how it looked when folded.

I have great friends who have saved their tea bag wrappers for me. I now have a great treasure trove of many varieties of tea, many I never new of before.

I have great friends who have saved their tea bag wrappers for me. I now have a great treasure trove of many varieties of tea, many of which I never new about.

This trip was easy to pack for because I didn’t need to do any prep work other than gathering the supplies and putting them in the van. I just packed a small cutter, some tea bag wrappers, the new instructions I had just found and a little glue. It all fit in one small bag.

This is the portable cutter I took with me. It was easy to cut 2" squares from tea bag wrappers.

This is the portable cutter I took with me. It was easy to cut 2″ squares from tea bag wrappers.

I enjoyed playing with the tea bags and the new fold. What I found was that cutting and both folding use similar muscle groups. For future trips, I’d like to include more variety in what I take with me to work on while traveling.

This photo shows the original tea bag wrapper and how it looks cut into a 2" square along with a sample of the completed rosette that is made of 8 of the 2" squares.

This photo shows the original tea bag wrapper and how it looks cut into a 2″ square along with the completed rosette  made of 8 of the 2″ squares.

It’s going to take lots more trips to get through all my tea bag wrappers. I have some ideas I want to try out along with different folds and color combinations.

I didn't know there were this many different Stash teas. I love all the different colors of the wrappers. I can see a rainbow in my future.

I didn’t know there were this many different Stash teas. I love all the different colors of the wrappers. I see a rainbow in the future.

For more information about tea bag folding (including links to instructions) see my blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Custom Order For Origami Mandalas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 DIY Tea Bag Folding 4

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is on my list to try next.
Robin Star

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

Rosette made from folding 8 squares from tea bag wrappers.

Rosette made from folding 8 squares from tea bag wrappers.

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

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

Happy Folding, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages

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

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with Messages.

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

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

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

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

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, peace.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, peace.

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, joy.

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, love.

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

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, laugh.

Then I glued the pieces together.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, thank you.

I find it interesting that different people have different favorites.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

Paper Origami Mandala with the message, dream.

You are welcome to comment on which is your favorite.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with messages.

I call these Paper Origami Mandalas with messages.

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

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy, Candy