December 2012 Lotus Flower Calendar Page
It’s winter already! We hardly had a fall this year. The leaves changed color later than usual this year and I’ve been seeing snow in the hills for weeks now. There is enough snow on our local mountain for it to open for skiing later this week. It all seems to be happening a bit fast this year.
With the days getting shorter, I have found myself with more time in the evenings to work of some new art projects. Here is a little preview of what I will be blogging about later this month.
Here are a hot chocolate jar and a metal tea container that I up-cycled into decorative gift containers.
These tile ornaments with dimensional glazes that I’ve been playing with. I will be post some DIY instructions and my experiences with these dimensional glazes later in December.
Wishing you a wonderful crafty December, Candy
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The calendar page from my 2012 Lotus Flower Calendar
Happy November! The colors are absolutely lovely here in Oregon. The trees are losing their leaves later than usual. There is a chill in the air, but it’s not quite cold yet and it’s a great time of the year to go on hikes. Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons.
My November Lotus Flower brings to mind a Thanksgiving turkey just out of the oven. It is actually made out of a very thin, semi-transparent oriental paper and does not go well with cranberry sauce.
If you are interested in seeing what my 2013 Lotus Flower Calendar looks like, click here.
2013 Lotus Flower Calendar
showing the individual pages and the stand that comes with the calendar
My 2013 Lotus Flower Calendar is here. Each month has a photograph of an actual paper lotus flower that I made. I made lots of lotus flowers throughout the year and photographed my favorites. I ended up with about 50 photos and had to narrow them down to just 12 for the calendar. Not only did I need to narrow the photos down to just 12, I needed each lotus flower to represent its month in some way.
October 2013 from my 2013 Lotus Flower Calendar
October’s lotus flower is made from a marbled paper I found at Paper Source in Portland. It reminds me of a pumpkin. July’s lotus flower is made from a paper I found at the U of O Bookstore in Eugene. It is red, white, black and gold, but it reminds me of the American flag (think 4th of July here). For February’s lotus flower, I did a graduated wash on the petals. They go from pink to pale pink to white on the tips. April showers bring May flowers. Each flower was carefully picked for its month.
2013 Paper Lotus Flower Calendar cover
It was a labor of love that had great results.
Click here if you are interested in seeing the steps involved in making a lotus flower.
You can purchase my Lotus Flower Calendars at the Ashland Art Center.
Made with Japanese Paper, this Lotus Flower looks dainty, but the paper is actually quite heavy.
When I started my blog in January of 2011, it was to chronicle my Lotus Flower Project, making a lotus flower a day for a year. My original idea was to post every week or so and show what I was doing.
Shortly after 2011 started, a loved one was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away in December. The year was a difficult one with many trips to doctors, radiologists and lastly hospice at home. I kept making at least one lotus flower a day throughout the year. It was sometimes the one time of the day that I was relaxed and calm (if I wasn’t relaxed and calm, I tore the lotus flower). I may not have blogged as much as I had hoped, but I kept making my lotus flowers.
This colorful Lotus Flower was made from wrapping paper I had in my paper closet.
For 2012 I am going to just blog about whatever art project touches my fancy, be it mine or someone else’s. For an idea of what I have in the works; photos of what I made for a 50th Anniversary for a couple of friends of mine, Earth Paints that are non toxic that were developed by a friend, my Eco-Holders and more. I will include photos of things that inspire me, and hopefully will inspire you too. I will share links to some of my art and to other artists whose work I admire.
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Here’s to a happy and artful 2012.
hugs to all, Candy
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.
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This 2012 Lotus Flower Calendar is my latest lotus flower creation. I came up with the idea of making a calendar out of my lotus flower photos. Then, with the help of my son, Christer Rowan of Rowan Design, together we made my idea become a reality.
Christer is a photoshop genius. He took my photos, dropped out the background and made them look more like the actual lotus flowers than I had been able to do. I decided which lotus flowers to use for each month. Red for February for Valentine’s Day, April showers bring May flowers, fireworks for July, sunflower for August, roasted turkey looking lotus flower for November, etc.
The project took longer than I expected, but I enjoyed doing it so very much. I decided on an elongated plastic CD type case/stand that shows off the lotus flower while also letting the viewer easily see the entire month.
Should I call this a bumble bee or a sunflower Lotus Flower?
It’s officially summer and I thought I should highlight a Lotus Flower that calls out Summer loud and clear. Bright, cheery and yellow, it makes me think of either a bumble bee or a sunflower.
This Lotus Flower is made of a very soft paper that reminds me of a batik. I have made this in yellow and black with yellow leaves as shown above and in green and black with green leaves. Both are striking. It is so much fun to try out new papers.
I really enjoy making at least one Lotus Flower a day. It makes me find a peaceful spot in my life for an hour or more each day. Life has been hectic for me lately and the slowing down required to make my Lotus Flowers has helped me center and remember that the most important things in life, aren’t things.
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