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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

Online Class: Paper Illuminated by Helen Hiebert

A number of years ago I took a class from paper artist, Helen Hiebert, just before she moved to Colorado. I learned a lot and enjoyed the class immensely. Helen is a great teacher.

This is the shoji screen we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

I thought I’d like to take another class from Helen. However, Colorado is a bit far for me to travel to take a class.

This is the bendable paper lamp we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

So when I heard Helen was going to do an online class, I jumped at the opportunity to sign up for it. It starts on March 8, and I expect to be back home from my travels by then (thankfully). P.S. There is an early bird discount available if you sign up before February 1.

This is the chochin lampshade we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

I am going to clear my schedule (as much as I can) so I can have time to play with the structures Helen is going to teach. It’s a 5 week class, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find enough time during each week. It’s so easy for me to overbook my time, but this is going to be so worth it.

This is the wraparound lampshade we will be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

There’s going to be a private Facebook page for those of us who are taking the class. It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing what everyone is doing. We’ll be able to ask questions of Helen too.

These are the five projects we’ll be making in Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

In addition to the class, I’ve ordered the Supply Kit for the class to make it easier for me to make the projects. If you take the class, you will need a few other materials like a cutting mat, straight pins, a craft knife and such. You can check out the materials need on Helen’s website link below.

Materials in the supply kit for Helen Hiebert’s Paper Illuminated online class.

If you’re interested in taking this class, or want more information on it, see: Helen Hiebert’s Online Class: Paper Illuminated.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Art On The Go! – Making Boxes

Traveling for two months in a 19′ van has made it a little more difficult form me to make art than I imagined. Welcome to reality. I haven’t quite found my rhythm yet.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

We visited family over the holidays and I did manage to appropriate a bit of space on a  counter to set up my supplies to make boxes. These are boxes I’m making to leave for people to find. You can see more about that on my blog post: Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

What I have found is that folding is much easier to do while traveling, assuming the paper has already been cut ahead of time. I think that’s because I can fit folding into short blocks of time. Box making, however, takes a bit of preparation.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Before we left on our trip, I cut enough pieces of binders board to make 30 boxes. I also brought lots of paper for collaging the boxes once I made them.  I had hoped to be able to make a box every other day on my trip. We’ll see if I can catch up to my expectations.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

While relaxing and visiting with family and friends is important, I find that I feel so much better when I make time to do art each day. So, that is going to be my goal for this next week.

Enjoy, Candy

My 2017 Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty

I am an idealist and generally a positive person. Lately, however, I have noticed more and more people concentrating on negative things rather than positive ones. I know that my health suffers when I am surrounded by negativity and improves when I am surrounded by love and kindness. After a lot of introspection, I have decided that for 2017, I will offer the world more love and kindness through Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes I made to leave for someone to find.

I am making handmade little boxes and will be leaving them in random locations throughout my travels. I want to share love and bring smiles to the faces of strangers I will never meet.

Close up of the bead/handle on the lid of the box.

I have written a little tag explaining the gift that I will be attaching to each box that I leave for someone to find. It says:

To whoever finds this:
This is for you!

I’m glad you’ve found it and I hope this gift lifts your spirits and makes your day happier. Please accept it and enjoy it!

This box is a handmade original, one of a series I’ve created to surprise others with random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. I believe that when we put more love into the world, we help heal the rifts tearing us apart.

You may even want to “pay it forward” to others with your own random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Handmade box I made as part of my desire to spread more love and happiness in the world.

This is what I feel I can do to bring more love into the world. I would like to encourage others who are so inclined to find their own way to practice Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Let’s send more love into the world, Candy

Paper Star From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make January’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Paper star, January’s project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share Helen’s photo of the paper star she made from kite paper. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year. If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

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

Rumi Quote

Now that Christmas is past, I can share these two calligraphy pieces I was commissioned to do. They were given as Christmas gifts.

Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi


Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi

I like how they came out.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Ornaments

On my travels, I found some Christmas trees with paper ornaments. The first trees I found were in the city of Ferndale, California. There were many trees filled with ornaments lining the downtown streets.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

The paper ornaments were made by children and laminated so that they could hold up to the outside weather.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

I love how festive and personal these trees feel. And they look like they’d be a fun, easy project to do with a child.

Paper cranes adorn this Christmas tree.

The paper cranes on the tree above are larger than most of the paper cranes I’ve seen. These cranes were made with 9″ origami paper rather than the usual 6″ origami paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Art On The Go! – Packing My Art Supplies

I’m excited to be packing our 19′ Roadtrek van for a two month trip. This means packing art supplies to keep me busy for two months in a very small amount of space. It’s required me to do a lot of prep work like cutting boards for making boxes and cutting paper the right size for projects. I even had to come up with an alternative to taking along my book press which is too big for the space I have available.

About 500 papers cut 1″ by 4″ that will be turned into Origami Mandalas.

Trying to pare down my supplies to fit into just a couple of small boxes has been a challenge like no other I’ve experienced. Obviously I can’t pack my entire studio, so it’s made me look carefully at each item I’m taking. I only have half of one overhead compartment for all the supplies I’m taking. It’s required me to make some difficult choices.

Binders board already cut and packaged to make 30 little boxes on my trip.

I am going to try and make 30 little boxes on this trip. I think I packed everything I need. PVA glue; check. Binder’s board already cut; check. Wheat starch; check. Container to mix wheat starch; check. Paper for collage; check. Acrylic medium for sealing; check. Brush to apply said medium; check. Wire; check. Beads and such for lids; check. Wire cutters; check. Alternative to board press; check. I hope I didn’t forget anything that I can’t pick up along the way.

What I’m packing in lieu of my book press to keep my lids flat while they’re drying.

My book press would take up too much space in our little van, so I got some counter laminate and c-clamps to use for pressing my boards. I had holes drilled in a couple of them so I can press two boards together when I make the lids. I’ll post photos later of the process.

I’ll be blogging while we’re traveling, although the posts could be a little irregular if we’re not in an area where the internet is available. Usually I post on Monday and Thursday, and I’ll try to continue with that if I can. No guarantees.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Paper Holiday Ornament

While I’m busy cutting paper and packing for a two month trip (more about that later), I thought you would enjoy this cute paper ornament compliments of Helen Hiebert and Mulberry Paper and More.

Check out Helen Hiebert’s blog post for the instructions to make these cute paper ornaments.

Helen Hiebert shared the instructions for making these ornaments on her blog post: 25 Days of Paper 2016: Day 14.


Enjoy, Candy