Thank You 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 (www.mypaperarts.com). 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 collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.
I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.
Love and blessings to all, Candy
War In An Excuse To Kill
This is one of a series five calligraphy pieces I made, each having same quote. Each piece was done in black, red and white and measured 22″ x 30″. This is my favorite one of the series and the only one I have left.
It has been a number of years since I made this piece, but it seems as appropriate today as it was when I originally found this quote. I have now had the piece scanned and made matted prints (smaller than the original).
I tried to make this piece so that the red “war” would catch the viewers attention and invite them come close and read the words. You get an idea of what the work it about from across the room, but you don’t get the full impact unless you get up close and read the words. It was my intention to get the viewer to interact with the piece. I hoped to convey the power and emotion I felt to those who saw this piece.
When I made this War series, I made it for myself, never thinking that someone would actually want to purchase and display a calligraphy piece on war in their home. I was wrong. I sold three of the series. My sons, playing ball in the house, threw a ball into the glass of one of the pieces which ruined it. This, my favorite, I kept for myself.
Mother's Day accordion book closed
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, April 13 to be exact. So here is a unique and beautiful way to tell your mother she is very special to you. This accordion book is a variation of the Happy Birthday accordion book of my last blog post.
The intense purple and gold paste paper I made for the cover of this accordion book makes a positive statement before the book is ever opened. The inside of the book is watercolor paper on which I have drawn the words Happy Mothers Day, then used watercolors and embellished them with a variety of gold and black pens.
Happy Mother's Day accordion book open
This book, like the Happy Birthday book my previous post, is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I make these little books with a variety of messages like Thank You!, Congratulations, I Love You!, Happy Birthday, Feel Better Soon and more. My customers constantly tell me that these little books are absolutely loved by their recipients.
This book, like the Happy Birthday book in the previous post, is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I make these little books with a variety of messages on the inside like Thank You!, Congratulations, I Love You!, Happy Anniversary, Feel Better Soon and more. My customers constantly tell me that these little books are absolutely loved by their recipients.
I like to tell friends and loved ones I care about them on a regular basis. I have lost a few over the years, and am ever grateful that I made it a point to tell them how they enriched my life while they were still alive. Having lost some very special people in my life is perhaps why memories are so very special to me and why I am drawn to making art that either creates new memories or commemorates old ones.
hugs to all, Candy
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Tagged accordion, art, bookbinding, calligraphy, gold, handmade book, Happy Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Mother's Day card, paste paper, paste papers, purple, watercolor
Accordion book closed
This is a fun little book I made last month. I started with a paste paper that I made last summer and covered davy board with it. I just loved the color of the paste paper and how happy it made me feel. The book ties closed with gold embroidery thread and beads to match the orange of the cover.
On the inside I hand drew the letters on watercolor paper. I used watercolors in colors to match the paste paper covers. Then I embellished the letters with a variety of gold and black pens. I just love how festive it turned out.
I just love the festive colors of the open book
This book is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I just love making tiny books, and I especially enjoy making ones that create memories. I am sure this little book will eventually go to someone very special, create a wonderful memory and make them smile each time they look at it.