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Thank You WordPress, You Have Changed My Art

Thank You WordPress

Thank You WordPress!

Dear WordPress,

I began this blog about two years ago. This will be my 40th post on this blog that you were so kind to provide for me, so obviously I am not a prolific blogger. In spite of the fact that I don’t blog a lot, as of today you’ve brought me 84 followers and an average of 25 to 30 views a day. Thank you!

What I find most exciting, is not the number of followers or the number of views, but where my views are coming from.

In the last 90 days, I’ve had people from over 70 different countries visit my blog. I find this absolutely amazing. This has changed the way I think about my art, because it makes my audience global rather than local.

Because you have allowed me to reach a global audience, I have decided to make my art available digitally. I am moving my blog to a self-hosted site and am changing my blog name to My Paper Arts ( Please visit and subscribe to my blog there.

In addition to my blog I’ve started a new Facebook page and my a Pinterest account. I will also be setting up a new Etsy shop where everything will be sold as digital downloads so there will be no shipping fees and my art will be available worldwide.

Thank you. And thank you, everyone who has subscribed, followed, and commented on my blog. Please join me at My Paper Arts and make my next two years even better.

Many thanks, Candy


A Gift: The Beautiful Blogger Award

I’ve been gifted the Beautiful Blogger Award!!! I am so honored!

I give a big thank you to blogger From Brain to Brush for nominating my blog for this award. From Brain to Brush is a visual art blog for lovers of art and art educators. It is a wonderful blog and a must for anyone who makes art with children.

Rules for Nominees:

1. Thank the person who nominated you

Thank you From Brain to Brush

2. Post the award image to your page

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself

Creativity is my 1st language, English is my second

I enjoy forests more than beaches

I try for simplicity, though she often eludes me

I learn a lot about myself through journaling

My two sons taught me a lot about multi-tasking

I think of my art as play and as life therapy

My mountain bike has actually been on mountains

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers, and let them know about the nomination.

Here I have included blogs of friends, blogs that I follow and a couple of new blogs just keep it all fresh.

          Elaine Frenett – Elaine is an amazing watercolorist. This blog looks at her journal pages. She teaches watercolor and journaling workshops.

          Leah Fanning Mebane – Leah paints with non-toxic oil paints that she makes herself. She also has a line of non-toxic watercolor and oil paints called Earth Paints.

          Sarah F. Burns – Sarah tries to catch the spark of life in her paintings and drawings that elicit feelings of empathy for the complicated and simple and beautiful and sad and interesting world of humankind. 

          Silvia Trujillo – On her blog, Silvia’s Studio, Silvia highlights her latest paintings.

          JoAnn Manzone – Dreamweaving Designs – JoAnn is a felt maker extraordinaire. She also teaches classes.

          Rachel Austin – Paper and PlanesThis is an absolutely delightful blog. I especially like the How To Paint Like A Kid post.

          Alisa Burke – Alisa is an incredible artist. She has online classes and has retreats at her studio in Seaside, Oregon.

          Luann Udall – I have admired Luann’s art for years. It’s hard to describe, but it reminds me of old artifacts.

          Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roust – Bonnie is a blogger extraordinaire. She blogs about things that are handmade and homegrown.

         Justine – Upon A Fold – This is the most incredible blog about folded paper that I have ever seen. Even if you are not a paper fanatic, this is a must to see.

         Cookus Interruptus – This is a blog about how to cook fresh local organic whole foods despite life’s interruptions.

          Paula Beardell – Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works I love that this blog combines playfulness with instruction and wonderful photos.

          Elissa Campbell – Blue Roof Designs – Elissa makes handmade journals, photo albums and guest books. Be sure to check out the video of a 4 year old making a 10 signature book!

          The Milkman Goes To College – This blog has great drawing exercises.

          Ginger Burrell – Midnight Musings – Ginger is a wonderful bookbinder. In her blog you can read about how she built her new studio.


Illuminated Paper Sculptures Workshop

The shadow box can be closed with a candle or other light to illuminate it from inside.

I just got back from two incredible weeks of making art, sort of a working vacation involving playing with paper, lamps, calligraphy, bookbinding and so much more. During the first week of my vacation, I took a workshop, Illuminated Paper Sculpture, from Helen Hiebert. Helen makes paper and also makes the most incredible paper sculptures and lamps. You can see her Mother Tree Project along with links to more of her art on her website:

Here is one of the projects I made during the workshop. This shadow box can be closed to make a lamp shade structure or opened to make a screen. It looks great with a light shining through.

Here the screen is open with a light shining from behind.

My problem now is that there are only 24 hours in each day. I want to play with so many of the structures I learned in the workshop and at the calligraphy and bookbinding retreat I attended last week. After being gone for two weeks, unfortunately, there are other things that I need to attend to before I can just play with my art again. I hope to be caught up by this weekend so I can spend more time in my studio next week.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Under Mini Renovation

My studio is undergoing a mini renovation. It started with a wonderful find of a really tall shelving display unit with seven adjustable glass shelves. The only problem was that the space I wanted to put it had a major step and I couldn’t attach the shelving unit to the wall. I got permission to rebuild the wall. Well, things always seem to take longer than expected.

This is going to be my new wall.

The First Friday Art Walk is in less than three days and I really want my studio back in working order by then. Paul assures me that he can have my wall finished and the shelving unit attached to the wall by 5 pm on Friday. I may be painting the wall Friday morning and hopefully it will have time enough to dry.

The dry wall for the wall is being cut.

Paul already made me a shelf/desk that sits over the stairs. I love it! When I got the opportunity to have a little more studio space I invited him to join me in my studio. He hasn’t decided what he wants to make yet. I am keeping him too busy building walls and shelves for him to do much art right now.

My new shelf/desk that Paul designed and built.

Art Walk starts at 5 pm on Friday. If you’re in the area, please stop by.

Enjoy, Candy