Thursday, December 1, 2016

Crane Card Origami

Just when I think all the ways to use the half-crane origami structure are explored, a new idea strikes. Here it is; a one sheet card with interlocking cranes. It works best with paper that is different colors on each side so that there is nice contrast. I have this lovely origami paper in gold/silver on one side and colored paper on the other. Below are step by step images as well as a folding guide. I hope you will try it.



Fold paper in half and cut a slit in one side to make two square areas. Cut out edges on the right to leave a square behind as shown. For this 3 x 5.5 inch paper I cut a slit 1.5 inches long and 1.5 inches down from the top. I cut out rectangles on the right that measured 1.5 x .75.

Fold the single crane as with the paper oriented as shown.

Turn the paper over and fold the two cranes as shown. 

Fold the card down the middle fold and place the center crane's wing over the top crane to lock it in place.

Starting paper sizes: 3 x 5.5 (left), 3.5 x 6 (middle), 4 x 7 (right)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

An Abundance of Paper Goodness

I have been swamped with paper activities the past few weeks. Today I would like to take some time to write about all the goings on in my studio and at workshops.

1. I am in the middle of an online workshop called Paper Love helmed by Rachel Hazell, a feisty british woman who calls herself the traveling bookbinder. It is a 5 week course with lessons 6 days a week. 50+ participants are traveling together on this paper journey communicating via Facebook and Instagram. I have found my tribe and we live everywhere.
Paper tape made with any paper and double sided tape.

Collage employing the Golden Spiral.

Another collage with a cut map and torn papers.

My Alice in Wonderland collaged box to hold paper goodies.

Boxes made from watercolor paper and a map stencil.

2. I took an amazing workshop last weekend with Helen Hiebert through San Diego Book Arts and made the projects you see below with my fellow participants. What fun to light up paper!

Luminary screen from Helen's class.

Woven paper luminaries before we hinged and wrapped them.

Paper blow up ball.

3. I will be teaching a new class next Friday (November 18) from 1-3 PM at Art Lounge on 101. Sign up on the website and I hope to see you there.
Fall colored crane book class at Art Lounge on 101

Sample books for the crane class: Taking Flight.

4. Somehow I have also found time in this flurry of paper goodness to attend two artist's opening receptions this week. The first one is the San Diego Book Arts annual member show at Francis Parker School's Rose Art Gallery. The second is Bhavna Mehta's cut paper extravaganza "Nightfall" at Bread and Cie on University Ave. in Hillcrest. There is plenty of time to check out both shows and they are worth the drive (also Bread and Cie has wonderful bakery items).

Closeup of Nightfall by Bhavna Mehta.

Part of the 12 panel, 30 foot cut paper and embrodery work by Bhavna at Bread and Cie.

I hope this will inspired you to try some new paper ideas and get out and see some amazing paper/book art in San Diego.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Four Corner Map Fold

I was reviewing my folder of prototypes the other day and came across a structure I created a few months ago and forgot about. I am making some samples for a friend and thought this one would be interesting to share. Instead of just sharing with her I decided to share it with all of you as well.
Below are pictures of the structure being folded as well as the crease pattern for folding it yourself. One piece of advice, fold before making the 8 cuts. It is easier that way.


Diagonal and linear folds completed.

Collapsed model ready to fold in the corners.

Folding the corners to prepare to inside reverse fold them.

Beginning to collapse the model with all the folds present.
(Outside of model)

Inside of model with all the folds properly creased.

One way of displaying the piece.
 I like the way the four inside corners form the star in the center.

Folding the model closed.

Crease pattern for this structure.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Art Tour of Tacoma

I spent the weekend in rainy, windy Tacoma. My son and I went on the Tacoma Studio Tour and met many wonderful artists. We learned some Sumi painting techniques and made ceramic tiles as well. We met potters and painters, printers and marblers. It was a great way to see the city and meet some of its talented residents. Here are some pictures from the weekend.


Flying into Seattle Friday, October 14.

Printed at Springtide Press

Sumi Ink painting taught by Lois Yoshida.

Artwork by Fumiko Kimura.

Hand marbled paper by Karen Perrine

Rainbow over Tacoma.

Wooden bone folder by Henry Haneda.

Rainbow over University of Puget Sound

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Classes at Art Lounge on 101

I will be teaching two more classes at the Art Lounge on 101 in October and November. I hope some of you can join me for folding fun and a new structure. Sign up on the website:

I am teaching The Road to Spring on October 29 from 10-1 and a new structure called Taking Flight on November 18 from 1-3 PM at 816 South Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas, across from the Lumberyard. It is a roomy space with lots of natural light that is good for folding. Below are pictures of the books we will be making.



The Road to Spring folded book.

Taking Flight-crane book.

Several examples of this structure.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Lifetime of Collecting

I don't know about you, but I have been a collector all my life. I remember finding shells and crystals at Lake Ontario with friends as a child. Whenever I am near a beach I still like to look for rocks, shells and sea glass. I even found someone's class ring at the beach once. My hands can't help but pick up interesting bits and pieces. I bring them home, wash and sort them and display them around the house. I have even written poems about collecting. Here is a glimpse at some of my collections.

I hope you treasure your collections too.


Crystals from Lake Ontario and the 1970's box they have lived in ever since.

I converted an old watch crystal case into a hub for my various collections. 

Sea glass from my travels displayed in old glass jars.

Glass, pottery and coral from a recent trip to Scotland.

A Poem on Collecting:

Butterflies rest on the rim of a sink
Static blue shells washed free of sand
Ready to fly at the stir of a breeze
They beg for collection in a child's small hand.