Monday, December 31, 2012
quilled flowers tutorial HERE
paper flower ornaments tutorial HERE
rolled paper flowers tutorial HERE
I'm finding that the adhesives I have handy are insufficient. The round ornament popped open shortly after I made it. The same is true of the yellow rose. I guess I need to dig out a hot glue gun or grab some E6000.
The more flowers I make, the more I'm inspired to create some sort of spectacle with them. A lot of flowers in one area would make a big impact. Perhaps I could attach them to a large piece of paper or hang them from the gazebo or make an arch like THIS or THIS
Also, it's really my goal not to buy any more paper. I'd like to use the paper I have, even if it means altering it or painting it in order to get it to match colors. There's also the possibility of using the wallpaper samples books I have.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Kusudama translates to medicine ball. In ancient Japanese culture, the flowers were used for incense or potpourri. Now they're decorations or gifts.
These start as a 3" x 3" square, which is much too small for this big gal. You see, I've got king kong paws that don't do well with delicate things. The only thing that saved me was having long nails. I guess if one didn't have dragon lady claws, you'd have to use a bone folder.
Traditionalists actually sew the folded squares together, instead of using glue or adhesive. I used Sookwang double-sided tape.
One 12" x 12" piece of paper will make three flowers, with one 3" x 3" piece of paper leftover. I'd say it took me an hour to make these three, which would leave some people wondering if I've gone mad, but strangely, it's sort of a meditative act. I've been working on these little projects and experiments in the early morning hours, when Tobe is in bed and after the animals have been fed and cuddled (and thus they're more likely not to be pestering me for food or lovin).
If you want to try your hand at one or a hundred, check out this easy tutorial: kusudama
Friday, December 28, 2012
As such, my plan is to start teaching myself one new flower per day. Today I followed the instructions over at the Whimsical World of Laura Bird
Stay tuned. I want to use this blog to document the creative process behind my wedding. Who knows? Maybe it will keep me organized. Maybe it will push me beyond the mere dreaming stage, which is important, as August 10 isn't that far away.