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First off, many thanks to the lovely folks at Folding Trees who featured my Ring of Keys last week. And a warm welcome to those of you who've found your way here via that post or from Craft , paper crave , and all the other sites that linked to it. I could definitely relate to what was said about quilling having more uses than making flowers.
Swoon is one of favorite street artists. I first came across her work on a wall in San Francisco, and have been in love with it ever since. The details in the cut outs of her work is insane, and so beautiful. Her piece in Art in the Streets was lit up inside by a bunch of lights, resulting in the most beautiful shadows of the intricate cut outs, cast on the walls around. The Levi’s Film Workshop presents a new short film collaboration between Swoon and Cat Solen.
The Japanese kusudama is a paper ball made out of multiple identical origami shapes glued together. They were traditionally used as a ball for incense or potpourri but now we see them more for decoration or as a gift. Today I am showing you part 1 on how to make the Japanese traditional shape. There are many different patterns to make a kusudama ball but I find this the easiest pattern to get started. This is also the pattern I used to make the pink flowers on the tree in the banner. What you need for this tutorial is:
Note: If you like this idea, be sure to check out how to make paper ruffles to add to your envelopes ! Super quick and easy tutorial for you today. I have a drawer full of these and use them for everything - bills, letters, you name it...my mom does too, actually!
If interested, I answered a few interview questions with Simply Modern Mom here . And a few more questions with The Creative Connection here . (At the end of the interview with Creative Connection, there is a mention of a 2 pattern giveaway from my shop.
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Thanks to everyone who left me comments to my previous project "Skechbook." For me is very surprising that so ma ny peo ple liked it. This set includes new designs, as well as those that I just forgot to show the last time. To avoid repetition, I will write here the answers to frequently asked questions. For work I'm use simple gel pen (Pilot), sometimes also "PITT Artist Pen" Faber-Castell I make only a very rough sketch with a pencil. I have a site where you can see the same pictures closer (if you press "+").
by Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child
By Tabi , on June 26, 2010 This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine . This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
i don't know what it is about this time of year that makes me just want to have my bare feet in the sand, be watching the sun setting into the ocean, and breathing in the warm salty air of the beach... as i get older, more and more i find myself missing that place i used to go to almost every.single.day. as a teen. (my skin doesn't miss it. as a matter of fact, i now wish i listened more and DID put SPF on my face...hindsight is 20/20). my mom calls me from her walk on the beach almost every morning... *sigh* yeah, i get a little homesick around this time of the year. heck on my pinterest my "dreaming of summer" has the most pictures in it. ah yes. i miss my ocean. case in point. this bracelet, brought a flood of memories, not because i used to have one like it but because i can totally see me wearing it by the beach, not caring that it's gotten salty and wet, because i can totally make another one in like less than 5 minutes flat when i get home.
This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM. I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads. But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks. Placeholders special enough for the books that are special enough to remain in your culled-out-of-spacial-necessity collection. Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world.* They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks.