Posts Tagged ‘paper creations’

origami butterflies

October 2, 2012

This weekend, a few wonderful friends sat and listened to me.  And one took action.  For this, I am very grateful.  This is going in her thank you!  (Maybe one very similar, anyway!!!  There must be a secret to getting perfectly curved wire.)

The origami butterflies were done following a you-tube video by Michael LaFosse.

I did the mobile below a year or two ago.  I thought I was so clever to use jewelry making supplies (i.e. beading wire, crimp beads, etc.) to refine it a bit (vs. tying knots).   Using the twig was a little easier than the wire and this butterfly was a simpler origami pattern, but I loved the way it turned out, also.

If you know the secret to the flawless bending of wire, please let me in on it!  I could also use a lesson in taking pictures of mobiles!


Evolution of a Bird (paper sculpture)

July 21, 2011

Inspired by watching David Attenborough’s “The Life of Birds”,  motivated by the desire to work three dimensionally, and restricted by supplies on hand and the ability of my hands, I set out to create a paper bird.  I was really inspired by some beautiful birds in paper, cloth, felt and maybe even feathers I have seen recently online but David and his birds made great accompaniment as I worked.

This albino crow was done by creating a simple wire armature, tearing paper and tying it to the armature or other bits of paper.  I used a waxed heavy thread bought for bookbinding but I think it is a little too heavy looking.  I switched to cotton quilting thread and started a wren.  Both are torn from inexpensive watercolor paper but I painted the paper I used on the wren.  I probably could have spent more time on depth of color, etc.,  but remember I wanted to work in 3D so I hurriedly covered the paper in watercolor already on my palette.

I have discovered  my fingers lack the dexterity to tie knots anymore.  (Where did it go?  Is it a sure sign of aging?!!!!)  So I gave up on the thread and knot tying and returned to the much easier task of applying glue with a paintbrush.  I can still hold a paintbrush.  Heaven help me if I ever lose that!

The crow is 5″ tall and 11″ long.  The wren is 6.5″ to tip of its tail and 6.5″ tall.

paper blooms

June 20, 2011

Paper flowers.  What’s not to love?  Seems they are very popular when you look at crafty and pretty things blogs.  I am amazed by some of the creations paper artists are making.  Here are my flowers.

Roses made from coffee filters, painted with watercolor found on Martha Stewart here.  I dipped the two in front in wax, the ones in the back were not.  They are all starting to show their age, I did these 2 or 3 years ago.  They are the most time consuming of these flowers but have the most realistic look.  I need to make more.

These rolled paper roses are on several websites,  go here for one site.  I made these last night.  Told my husband they were for Father’s day and it gave me an excuse to leave the kitchen.  These are made from cardstock (it was handy), but I have done a few since then that are in very thin paper and they look more realistic.  I think these look very cartoonish, a style I happen to love.

More of the same, these are from  scrap-booking paper.  It was one sided paper, I think two sided paper looks better.

The flowers at the top I did a couple of years ago.  I love pulling them out during the summer, they seems so airy.  I found the  instructions at CraftStylish.

Bits and Pieces

November 16, 2009

I collect paper.  One glance around my studio and you would agree.  I like doing things with paper, especially cutting it.  After the paper has morphed into whatever… I have no idea what to do with it, so I end up with a large collection of paper. 

I’ve been going thru stuff and have culled out some bits and pieces.  Thought I would share them with you.

Paper snowflakes hand cut from 4″squares of paper, misted with red paint.  The natural one and the really dark red one have been coated in beeswax.  Makes them translucent, less fragile and they smell nice.  I cut several of these last year and wired them onto my Christmas tree.  Lights reflecting off the wax is very pretty.

Artist Trading Cards which I have never traded.  Some kind soul once felt sorry for me and gave me one of hers but these (the only ones I have ever created) didn’t exist at the time.  That one plus these means I have 6 ATC’s.  My favorite part of these (which doesn’t show very well in the photo) is that I punched tiny holes in them and then used embroidery floss and simple stitches to border and accent.  The faces are printed copies of my watercolour faces. 

Fern silhouettes and a little sitting girl cut from computer collaged paper and waxed with beeswax.

 Silhouettes in black.

  A linocut print and watercolor of the same face. 

A hand cut paper doily.  Sometimes I have too much time on my hands.

 A paper doll made into a card.

Another card with a cut silhouette.   I guess I can do something with those pieces.  Sometimes.

How to come up with an original craft or how to totally wreck your studio

August 15, 2009

Recently, I was approached by my newest BFF, April Harwood, to think about teaching a crafting class for ladies at my church.  Knowing that it would be fun, I gladly accepted.  It was left to me to come up with an idea.  I thought there must be a happy medium between what I guide the preschoolers to make each week and the overly complicated Jacob’s Ladder shown in a previous post.  So, the challenge was to decide on what to make and make a prototype which could be used for marketing and to do it with a short deadline, one full week.

How to come up with an original craft idea.

Editor’s note: You can’t.  Everything has been done before as evident by the number of books published on crafting as shown in Step 3 below.  Accept that and make whatever your own. 

Step 1.  Ponder for 3 full days on it.

Step 2.  Send son to UGA, daughter to Gainesville and husband to office.  With an empty house and available time, change pondering to fretting over what to do.

Step 3.  Look thru a gazillion books for inspiration.


Step 4.  Tear up the studio creating a prototype.


There is a drawing board somewhere below this.  Really.drawing-board

Step 5.  Borrow from ideas of the past (thanks Catherine Moore ) and patterns from books.  Look at purchased books of the same sort for construction details.

Step 6.  Paint, cut, glue, iron, punch, and string together paper, cloth and ribbon to create a carousel book. 



Step 7.  Hope that the ladies will want to make their own!

Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming crafting night at GracePointe Marietta.

It’s Child’s Play

August 7, 2009

Go back to your school days in home ec. and remember what it was like to cut out a garment and sew it together.  Do you recall how complicated it seemed?  Especially trying to make that tubular shaped sleeve fit into a round flat hole?

I am here to tell you that  understanding patterns and sewing a garment from one, is child’s play compared to creating a Jacob’s Ladder, a simple toy to play with but a complicated feat of engineering to create!

Today, I played host to the First Friday Play date with several sweet women who gather to make stuff.  The host has the privilege of deciding what to create.  I think my idea to create a Jacob’s Ladder was perhaps not my best.  I couldn’t explain how to make it although I had  made two as practice!   Ask any of those frustrated women in attendance!  But with silence and concentration, I managed to put one together.

And let me tell you, I am proud of myself for having figured it out!  It’s not easy!  

wm morris ladder 2




My son, Taylor, recorded my “William Morris Ladder”  in action!

I have called it  the William Morris Ladder because of his designs which I cut from a postcard book to put on the sides.  Then I used two of his quotes to make it a “reading” book and not just a “picture” book in addition to  being an interactive toy book.   One of quotes reads “If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art”.   I think this little “artistic” effort may fall into the sham category but I feel smarter for having made it!  And to those who came, thanks for your patience and good luck.

A Bug’s Box

July 22, 2009

Each Sunday morning several pre-schoolers gather at my church for Children’s Church.  I have the great honor to play and make crafts with them!  We have such fun!  This week the literature said make a box and it had a pattern and blah, blah, blah.  Of course, that was not good enough for our kids so I found this pyramid shaped box pattern and we decorated and made banks to save money.  Didn’t think about the nice sharp point a pyramid makes until a 3 year old was shaking his box exuberantly!

Here is my rendition of the box.  I have painted beetles on it in tribute to the scarabs all around the plains of Giza where those real pyramids are.




watercolour on arches 140 wt. cold pressed  paper

These bottom two photos are placed in front of  paper flowers I made from instructions on by a paper wizard, Jeffery Rudell.