On Wednesday, I started working on a paper wreath for my front door. To make the wreath, I cut some colorful paper (thanks Paper Source!) onto strips and then glued it into a ring shape. Then I just glued the rings to the cardboard ring. It was easy enough to do, but gluing the paper took a long time, so I had to divide this project into two days.
On Thursday night, I made this fern frond. I first made the stem using black marker and then cut lots of little leaves out from green-toned pictures in a magazine I had laying around the house. Then I glued down all the leaves and voila!
Yesterday, I tried again to make a nice thank you card for Jim’s parents for letting us vacation at their house in Arizona, and this time I think I succeeded!
To make this, I used pinking shears to cut out the card from watercolor paper. Then I did a rough sort of un-blended wash of blue watercolor paint on one side. Then I used the stamps I bought at a garage sale on Sunday to stamp out the words “Thank You.”
Not including my previous failed attempt on Sunday, it took about 20 minutes. Not bad!
Tonight I made this map of Illinois. Secret: This was super easy to do. All I did was manipulate a map of Illinois using Picnick, print it out, paint it, scan it back it, and then add the text. Not bad!
Unrelated, this is a reminder to participate in my social art project, “Undone, Done.” Entries are due on Sunday!
I did a fun little project tonight with my scanner. First, I cut out shapes from a magazine, pasted them on a white piece of paper, and drew some black lines. Then, I put the paper on the scanner and pulled it up an down and scooted it around a little to add texture. After, I used Picasa to up the saturation and contrast and change the colors around. Yay!
A few weeks ago, I picked up an origami kit at the thrift store that consists of some wonderful paper and a much less wonderful book about how to make origami animals. Since I’m recovering from my eyeball surgery (it went well!), I decided that using the kit and making paper cranes would be a good activity for today. I made the red and yellow cranes and Jim made the blue and green ones. As total beginners, we both decided that origami is very relaxing sometimes and entirely frustrating at others. (Why is a pocket fold so impossible?!) With a bit of practice, though, I’m sure we’re both going to really like it.