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: http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com
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.
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.
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
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