Posts tagged ‘paper’

January 25, 2011

Techinique Tuesday::Folds and Pleats

by heatherkp

I’ve been quite obsessed lately with folding and pleating.  Through my research I’ve been so inspired by some of the creations I’ve come across in both fabric and paper (as well as other materials).

Folds and Pleats on Pinterest

Once again I’ve put together a collection of folded and pleated images that inspire me over at Pinterest (I LOVE that site!).  Click on the image to take you to the sources.  On Saturday I decided I would sit down and learn how to fold an Oragami Crane.  This is one of those things that’s been on my creative To-Do-Learn list for years.  I folded 7 cranes to start with (somewhere I heard that if you repeat something 7 times it sticks).By the end of the day I had it memorized and was able to demonstrate it for my family while we were at dinner waiting for our food to arrive.  I gave this crane to my mom who promptly turned it into some other unique form of bird by manipulating it a bit more, gee, wonder where I get my creativity from?

Here are a few other creations I’ve been playing with in both fabric (and ribbon) and paper that use techniques of folding and pleating to transform a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional form.  I wasn’t very good at math or geometry in school but if it had been taught to me via creative devices such as paper folding I think I might have been a lot more interested!This textile Aris cabinet designed by Moritz Schmid for Swiss manufacturer, Pfister captured me!  I’d love to incorporate more textiles into my home by perhaps collaborating one day with my husband since he loves wood working!

Have you ever tried oragami or using folds and pleats in your art or design work?

December 14, 2010

Tuesday Take out: Cards turned ornaments

by heatherkp

This is a follow up to last week’s take out.  I left you with a short tutorial on how to make the snow globe holiday cards.  Below I’m sharing with you the final outcome of the cards and a couple of ideas for either turning them into ornaments or making them as ornaments.

I love to make cards every couple years but I hate the idea of these cards going into the garbage (even if most people do recycle).  A few years ago I created a line of cards (made with recycled paper) that I sold in stores.  The idea behind them was that they were small pieces of “collage art” that were made with recycled paper, found objects and bits and pieces of ephemera etc.  They were meant to be saved, framed and appreciated.  With that in mind I wanted these cards to do double duty as ornaments.

I’ve included instructions on the inside of these card so the recipients can choose to make ornaments out of them.  It’s really simple once the card or snow globe portion is made (see instructions here).

1. Cut out the ornament (Snow globe) shape as above.

2. Trace the shape onto another decorative paper.  Here I used recycled Christmas cards that I had received last year.  You could use photo’s, decorate the back side like the front or use plain paper.  You just want to give the ornament a little more weight.

3. Add a separate piece of solid paper for the base and glue the front and back together.

4. Punch a hole in the top, add a string or ribbon to hang from and put it on the tree!

Voila~An ornament!  If you make these please comment and leave me a link to your creations.  I’d love to see them!