Tag Archives: Paper Weaving

A March Square Project

Rather than cutting circles and squares for March’s Square Project, I decided to use my own gelli-printed paper with a circle pattern printed on it (bubble wrap).

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I chose the paper weaving design that I showed you in this previous post from Helen Hiebert:  Washi Papers

And for the squares, I cut a pattern into the gelli-paper using an exacto knife to reveal more of the decorative paper.  I think it is more complicated to explain than it is to do! 😉

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I like the colors in both of my papers for March…blues, greens, golds, browns and a touch of white and black.  Not my usual color combos…

Yet, they seem to play well with the other colors from December.

I wonder what colors and patterns April’s project will bring!

Cheers! 🙂

Note:  If you want to see my previous square projectsplease look under the art category; A Square Project in the drop down on the right.  Thanks!

Sven and Ole

When I was in college, I heard many Norwegian jokes… Mostly about Sven and Ole… two Norwegian farmers.  Yah, sure, you betcha…

I haven’t heard these jokes in years so I had to watch a couple on YouTube, still funny after all these years for hubby and me. 😉

Funny how one joke leads to…

The best utility or exacto knife I have found; the Olfa!

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I love that the blade snaps off so it is so easy to replace a sharper blade!  And this size fits well in my hand –  perfect for my paper weaving class.

I completed another paper weaving recently, think PIE and coffee…

 

And perhaps a Norwegian joke or two?

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Happy Monday; yah, sure, you betcha!

Cheers! 🙂

Washi Papers

Did you know that Washi is a Japanese word for traditional papers made from the long inner fibers of three plants?

Wa = Japanese + shi = Paper

In my previous post, Not Exacto  I showed you cards I made with an origami paper, I discovered the term for this type of paper is Chiyogami which is Washi paper that has been hand stenciled or printed with traditional Japanese imagery using bright colors and patterns.  (Note:  Chiyo = thousand generation + gami = paper)

Yesterday, I completed the first half of Lesson Two of my online Paper Weaving Class which is a circular weave:

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We could vary the pattern in our own design.  Love the color combo, how about you?

The Japanese paper I used for the red paper in this lesson are a Washi Momi paper…  I think the blue paper is similar but I’m not sure since it came in a kit.

I discovered several excellent online resources of. Washi Paper that I hope to explore further:

Washiarts.com

Japanesepaperplace.com

Papermojo.com

I hope your Friday is a cut above! 

Cheers! 🙂

Not Exacto

I love paper!  No, not the junk that lands in my mailbox… Nor, the papers I push around on my desk at work!  Sigh…

I’m talking about decorative paper that is beautiful to see and touch and can add  something unique to my artwork.

I decided to learn more about paper so I signed up to take a 6-week online class on Paper Weaving with Helen Hiebert.  I learned about Helen’s class from Uppercase Magazine. Helen has an awesome blog with free tutorials, called The Sunday Paper; HelenHiebertStudio.com/blog

I finally finished the first lesson of four notecards:

 

 

I enjoyed learning these techniques.  I like the curvy designs best, (the yellow and blue backgrounds).  I will tell you the names of these papers in my next paper weaving post…

Paper weaving takes time, practice and patience I learned.  Part of the technique is learning how to cut the papers.  Although my cuts are not exacto, I am pleased with my results.

Do you have a favorite card?

Cheers! 🙂