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Mother’s Day Accordion Book

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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Lotus Flower for Bush Barn Art Gallery


Lotus Flower made for the Bush Barn Art Gallery Holiday Show

This Lotus Flower is made from a beautiful Japanese paper. I made this especially for the Holiday Show at the Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, Oregon. The show opens Saturday, November 5. If you happen to be in Salem between then and Christmas eve, drop in and see many lotus flowers that are exclusive to that show. I also have my calligraphic greeting cards, Eco-Holders, Inspiration Books and unique paste paper gift boxes in the show.

I love the way I was invited to participate in this show. I live over 200 miles from Salem. Catherine, the director, found my shop on Etsy and asked me if I would be interested in showing some of my art in their Holiday Show. The internet can be an amazing place to promote art.

Steps to Make a Lotus Flower

My first step in making a Lotus Flower is to pick out the papers I want to use. It takes 12 of paper to make each Lotus Flower, 8 for the blossom and 4 for the “leaves.” I usually, but not always, pick a different colors for the blossom and leaves. Sometimes I even pick multiple colors for the blossoms.

Here are the papers I used today to make my Firestorm Lotus Flower.

12 pieces of paper are needed to make each Lotus Flower

The next step is to fold the pieces of paper.

12 pieces of paper folded and ready to make the Lotus Flower

Then I tie the folded pieces together and fold them into the Lotus Flower. The intense orange, brown and gold colors of this marbled paper remind me of a firestorm. The Lotus Flower looks to me as though it is about to ignite.

Below is the finished Lotus Flower. It takes a little over an hour, sometimes more depending on the paper, from start to finish to make a Lotus Flower.

My finished Firestorm Lotus Flower

Thai Marbled Paper Lotus Flower

Vibrant purple, blue and green swirl around gold in this marbled paper creating a most beautiful lotus flower

The striking jewel colors of this Thai Unryu Momi marbled paper made this my favorite Lotus Flower of the week. Maybe it’s because these blues, purples and greens are my favorite colors that made me put it as the centerpiece on my dining table. It goes so well with the new blue placemats and napkins that got last week.

Each Lotus Flower takes about an hour to make. Once I have decided which papers I want to use, I cut twelve pieces of paper. Eight are used to make the flower portion and the other four are for the “leaves.” I then fold each of the twelve pieces of paper and tie them with waxed thread. I also make a loop on the back of each flower so a ribbon can go through it. This makes it easy to attach a Lotus Flower to a gift. I then fold and form each of the “petals” and “leaves.” I find the entire process is very calming and meditative.

Dandelion Lotus Flower

How can a dandelion look elegant? Well, this Dandelion Lotus Flower is.

Looking over the photos I have posted of my Lotus Flowers I noticed that I hadn’t posted a photo of a Lotus Flower with silver leaves. I am correcting that oversight right now. I just love this Dandelion Lotus Flower. How can a dandelion look elegant? I’m not sure, but this one does. The paper is a white cardstock weight paper, kind of soft, with gold and silver dandelions and silver glitter. I always end up with glitter on my pants and face after making these.

I tried making a Lotus Flower out of this paper on a whim. I figured that a paper as heavy as this wouldn’t work. I was ever so surprised (and very happy) that the paper worked like a charm. It has led me to try lots more papers than I otherwise would have. Some have been successes, others have not passed muster.