It is unbelievably hot in here, so hot I had to distract myself with a tiny bit of papercraft. Another quick play making these cute pockets inspired by a Pinterest email.
Another quick play with a random bit of paper craft dropped in my inbox by Pinterest. This time it's an origami fan with a tassel.
I'm not really sure why I make these Christmas decorations —the Swedish stars, the honeycomb bauble, and this German bell. There are only the two of us here and we've never done much in the way of decorating at Christmas. They take up precious space but I can't bring myself to throw them out; I've… Continue reading Quick play: German bell
This was another of those interesting images that caught my eye in the regular Pinterest email and so I grabbed some brown paper and glue and had a quick play. If I'd sat down and thought about it, I could have worked out how the honeycomb pom-pom was made. And reading the blog post did… Continue reading Quick play: honeycomb bauble
Helen Hiebert is a papercraft artist, and one of the things she is very good at is paper weaving. She even runs a "Weave through Winter" course which looks fascinating, but wasn't right for me this year. Back in December, though, she did a free Winter Solstice Lantern Zoom Workshop (now on YouTube) which I… Continue reading Quick play: woven paper lanterns
This was another of those things that caught my eye in the regular "we think you'll like this" Pinterest email. I was curious about the folding mechanism in the same way that pop-up cards fascinate me, though this was a lot simpler than most of the paper mechanics I see (go have a look at… Continue reading Quick play: circular folding rooms
While doing a (very) little bit of tidying up, I came across December’s Scrawlrbox and decided to have a quick play. This subscription box included 3 Spectrum Noir metallic paint markers, a black POSCA marker, a pink Gelly Roll Moonlight, a pencil and a square Art Gecko pad with black paper. I loved the silver… Continue reading Quick play: butterfly in stars
This was another of those ideas that arrived in the Pinterest email. The stars looked really pretty and I was curious how they were made. As it turns out, it's a lot simpler than it first looks: each star is made in two parts that are then fixed together. This blog post has good instructions… Continue reading Quick play: Swedish stars
Ever since we started watching the Hilda cartoon series on Netflix, I've had the thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to try drawing Twig, the deerfox, but I hadn't got around to doing it. Then the September Scrawlrbox subscription arrived with a selection of black and white supplies and a pad… Continue reading Quick play: Twig on blue
Before I created the alcohol ink landscape I used for my brother's birthday card, I had a number of practice attempts... I was following the basic instructions in Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, working out what I liked and didn't. I'm not so keen on spritzing alcohol (that seems even less predictable than laying down the inks… Continue reading Alcohol ink landscapes
tunnel Another quick play, this time with alcohol inks. It was inspired by a blog post from Kim Cook over at Thirteen Chairs. tunnel - detail This was also a good opportunity to try out the alcohol inks I got in the July ScrawlrBox subscription. All of my current alcohol inks are Ranger Adirondack ones,… Continue reading Quick play: alcohol ink circles
When the Pinterest new ideas email drops in my inbox, there's often something that catches my eye and I'll just make a note of it. I try to remember to use Raindrop.io to keep track of things I might want to revisit — you can see some of my bookmarks here. Every now and then… Continue reading Quick play: tar gel and Brusho