Playing with Paper

Today’s offering is a combination of paper’s ready for the garbage bin. The background is torn paper glued together in no particular order. The woman is cut out from a catalog magazine. Once she was glued to the background, I painted her with several layers white gouache. When the paint was dry, I used Derwent watercolor pencil to redraw the woman and her outfit. All in all, a very fun art project.

Coming Up….

Good Morning….At the end of January, I’m joining another artist at the Topanga Vintage Market, that is held monthly near my home.  I’ll be selling the art pin/necklace that is below. I make these pins from recycyled paper, scrapes of fancy papers, fabrics and beads. I’m in the process of building my stock. I’m really looking forward to the experience and expanding my artistic community.

I wish you all a beautiful holiday weekend, and I’ll be back on Tuesday.

Size: 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”


Make an Ornament/Gift Card

Ornament/Gift Cards
This is an easy way to make two gifts in one.
I photocopied my art from my last post and made (4) 3” circles. Make your own designs using cardstock or watercolor paper.

After cutting out the circles, turn over and draw a line across the middle. Position the circles so the lines make a square. Glue the circles together.

Finished outside

Add a folded card.

Design your greeting and add a string to hang your ornament when completed.

Overlap the half circles and tuck the last one under the beginning fold. Done!

Origami Crane

I’m making origami cranes as Christmas gifts. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.

Here is a link to the famous story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who became ill with leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing during WWII and how the paper cranes became a symbol of healing in Japan.

My experimental origami paper using regular bond paper and watercolor. It is a bit stiff to fold. I’ll be trying out some other papers.

Paper before folding


Folded crane