Skip to main content

Playing with paper

I thought I had been busy this week, but I have been surprisingly unproductive. That being said, I am in the middle of some projects, and have a few designs for some more, so perhaps next week will be better. Paper clay takes a few days to dry after all.




This is a door hanger. You can get these for a quid for two in the Works. (On a temporary ban from that place now - I have enough things to alter). I started off by adding wooden swirls and butterflies to one side, before painting the whole thing with black gesso. Once dry I used my new Prima waxes - old silver for the background and some of the Antique Brilliance ones for the swirls and butterflies. On the other side I stamped a sentiment on paper, aged it with distress inks, backed it onto card, and added a couple of flowers sprayed with Lindy's Sprays.



This is the progress on my current stitch. This one will be a present. I'm hoping to get this done soon, as I have more in my stash, plus another pattern I would love to do that I found in a magazine the other day.

Intricate creatures,
are they real or mythical?
formed from a blank page

This weeks challenge was similar, at least in origin, to the Haiku's in week one. Origami, the art of paper folding. Originating in Japan, the word literally means folding paper. There's been a resurgence in recent years in the West, taking a different slant on it by using money, giving it as gifts in a folded shape - moneygami. I decided to stick with the traditional, mainly because if I accidentally tore it or got frustrated and threw it away without thinking, I would be out at least five quid. Probably more, seeing as how the new fivers don't lend themselves to folding. The best known origami shape is the paper crane, and people often fold one thousand of them, as it brings luck.

I will be the first to admit my spatial reasoning isn't all that great, though as it has come on leaps and bounds since starting crafting (particularly mixed multi media) I thought that I might finally be able to look at a tutorial and do a crane.

I failed miserably. Thinking that perhaps I had started with too difficult a piece, I found some simpler ones and did those.



This is a pelican and a spinning bird. For some reason the spinning bird ended up the wrong way round (the pattern should obviously be on the outside) but at least they looked like they should for the most part. I did a little research, and realised that, although I had chosen the paper because it was a perfect square, the paper itself was too thick for folding. So I dug into my stash, and found some thinner paper, cutting it into ten by ten squares. The original tutorial I had looked at had stymied me a bit so I looked round for another one. This is a common thing for me; it took me a fair few tutorials before I mastered the French Knot. There's a lesson there. Just because one tutorial has not worked for you does not mean that you cannot do it. It just means that you haven't yet found the right teacher.


As you can see here for yourself. One successful crane! The second tutorial I tried was far clearer, having a video and a step by step process that involved not only pictures, but photographs as well so you could see exactly what you had to do.

It's a silly little thing to be proud of, especially when people are accomplishing so much around me, but sometimes the little successes are what get you through the day when you struggle with depression.

Ems





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Feminine doesn't have to be pink

I was making a Christmas present for somebody the other day and I got an email from That's Crafty for their latest challenge, which is feminine, so I decided to enter it into it. I'm also going to enter it into Finnabairs denim journal challenge using blue as my inspiration.

I started off with a plain wooden chest of drawers, coating it with white gesso then with tissue paper. After it was dry I inked it with distress pads and coated it with crackle texture paste. The interesting thing here is that I then had to take away the wooden lines between the drawers as the glue had swelled them so they wouldn't fit!! Lesson learned.


This is one side. I used some Docraft Parisienne blue paper for the 'blue' of the box, using a thinlits mixed media die to make a negative image and allow the tissue to shine through. The panel was inked with walnut stain on the side. Finally I cut some flowers and butterflies out, adding a gem in the middle of each flower.
This is the top. S…

A new challenge

Not crafty related which is why it's in a separate post. When I mentioned about not decluttering in a recent post it got me thinking. When I have been successful in completing something it's because I have broken it down into manageable chunks, so I have decided to attack decluttering using the same method. So, from now until the day I can't decide what to get rid of, I will be getting rid of one item a day. Here are the rules.

1. It cannot be food - obvious reasons there
2. A photo must be taken of said item - there are exceptions to this rule. I am not going to subject you to a picture of my old underwear should that be an item I get rid of.
3. Once chosen I cannot change my mind - this is relevant when I am in the middle of filling up a bag to give to charity. I cannot dig through it, once an item is in there, there it stays.
4. I must explain here where I got it (if I remember) why I am getting rid of it and where it is going.

So, with that in mind here are the first i…

Time! Look where we are...

Wasn't going to post anything today, then I decided that it's been ages since I've entered a challenge! So I looked around and found That's Crafty were hosting a challenge with the theme of time. So here is my entry to that. See if you can spot the time link...


Got it yet? I decided to celebrate my favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who! (The Eleventh incarnation to be precise)
The star is symbolic of Galifrey. It's chipboard, painted with tarnished brass distress paint, stickled with the same colour, then edged with weathered wood distress pad. The blue symbols are foil, embossed and sanded. The embossing folder just reminded me of Galifreyan writing!

The background is clocks *(not sure but I think it's a Docraft set) to which I inked the edges in weathered wood and added some remnant rub ons.

Bow tie. Cos bow ties are cool! This was made from Sew Lovely paper.

You can also see a shrink plastic keychain Tardis here, complete with bead sonic screwdriver and key. Cos e…