Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day Quilled Card Tutorial

Last week I showed how to make a Hearts Askew necklace and now here is another asymmetric heart. I have no idea where this sudden attraction to wonkiness is coming from, but let's just call this design Free Spirit. Sometimes love can take an indirect path, you know?

Quilled Valentine Card Tutorial

Monday, January 26, 2015

Layered Paper Cuttings by Naho Katayama

While scrolling through my Instagram feed first thing Saturday morning, this intriguing suitcase by Naho Katayama of Fukuoka, Japan stopped me in my tracks. So lovely! Because dimension is not something we often see in paper cutting, I clicked over to her website to learn more.

Let's Travel - Naho Katayama
Let's Travel  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I had fun designing a necklace that could be a gift for yourself or someone you love. Granted, heart jewelry is most often geared to little girls, but perhaps black and silver paper shaped into an asymmetric heart looks somewhat sophisticated. I like to think so anyway... humor me?

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

Monday, January 19, 2015

PaperTrophy Animals by Holger Hoffmann

If you're in need of a project to speed up dull winter days, I have just the ticket... an Indiegogo campaign for creating your own sturdy paper trophy animals was launched recently by Holger Hoffmann of Germany. The standing or wall art figures feature a minimalistic cubic design and a range of sizes... from a small downloadable penguin to a life-size gorilla that will ship as a flat-pack.

PaperTrophy Giant Gorilla on Indiegogo

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cut Paper Decor at Longwood Gardens

I'm taking one last look at the holidays by sharing pictures of beautiful cut paper decorations by Malinda Swain that graced Longwood Gardens in nearby Kennett Square, Pennsylvania during A Longwood Christmas 2014.

Longwood Christmas 2014
 photo by William Hill

Monday, January 12, 2015

Folded Paper Necklaces DIY

It's been years  - years! - since I bookmarked a How About Orange post in which Jessica Jones wrote about making an origami-style necklace. (Show of hands... how many of you still miss that blog as much as I do?) I finally acted on a promise to myself and made several as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Because the design uses such a small amount of paper - each fan is folded from a 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) square - it's a nice way to use up remnants of favorite sheets.

Folded Paper Necklace

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quilled Bird Cage and More - Licia Politis

You might remember my Australian pal Licia Politis who I met in a Yahoo paper group years ago - we've become fast friends and stay in pretty close touch. Maybe someday we'll actually meet in real life - I hope so!

Licia never fails to amaze me by creating at least one ambitious quilling project each year. Usually it's something she magically completes at the very last minute before the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show competition - and then winds up winning awards!

Quilled Bird Cage

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cut Paper Holiday Decor at the White House

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and that 2015 is off to a good start for you and yours. A break from posting gave me the chance to work leisurely on a quilled certificate while listening to Serial. I also got on board with Instagram, something I've been meaning to do for ages, hallelujah!

White House Cut Paper Diorama

Monday, December 22, 2014

Origami Jewelry - Paper/Wood/Metal by Ilan Garibi

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you might remember Ilan Garibi and his fascinating path as an origami artist. Several years ago his modular paper foldings were featured here and tessellated lampshades here. Since that time Ilan has continued to work with paper, and travels to conventions as an active member of the worldwide origami community. However, in recent years his interests have expanded beyond paper to include concrete casting and even metal sheets. This past year Ilan has been creating fine jewelry based on origami crease patterns.

Folded Paper and Metal Necklace by Ilan Garibi

But before focusing on jewelry, let me briefly introduce the stunning home decor Ilan designed beginning in 2012, titled Tavolini / Metal Origami Collection.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Complex Paper Quilling - Ayobola Kekere-Ekun

Today I would like to introduce Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, who has created some pretty phenomenal art pieces despite the fact that she only began quilling a year or so ago. Ayobola grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where quilling supplies are not available. In fact, at first she didn't know there was such a thing as she had come upon the technique quite naturally.

Ayobola is 21, studied graphic design at the University of Lagos and recently graduated with a B.A. in visual arts. I was curious to learn more after seeing her Zentangle-esque designs on Behance, so wrote to ask a few questions...

Paper quilling by Ayobola Kekere-Ekun - Faces
 Faces

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Pendant Light Kit Giveaway from Zipper 8 Lighting

Congratulations to Annie, winner of the kit!

Here we go... the final giveaway of the holiday season and then it's back to regularly scheduled programming - artist interviews, tutorials, and the like. This time it is a chance to receive the brand new DIY Manhasset Light Kit from Zipper 8 Lighting that gives you the opportunity to "illuminate your creativity" - what a great tagline!

Manhasset Pendant Light Kit - Zipper 8 Lighting

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paper Ornament Kit Round Up for the Holidays

It just wouldn't seem like the holidays without some sort of making frenzy going on at my kitchen table... with that in mind, I scouted around for new paper craft kits. There's just enough time left to order, receive, and make some paper ornaments even though the Christmas countdown is pretty far along!

Putz House Ornament DIY Kit from Holiday Spirits

Monday, December 8, 2014

Paper Jewelry Giveaway from Paper Julep

Congratulations to the winners - tfanjoy and Diana Mieczan!

Paper Julep's hand-screened paper and paste paper earrings may have caught your eye when they were featured here a couple of months ago. Since then, artist Karen Krieger has been busy with craft shows around the country, but recently found time to add an assortment of colorful earrings to her Etsy shop where she also sells creative metalwork.

Paper Petal Earrings - Paper Julep

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quilled Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

The #1 most frequently searched term here at ATP is quilled snowflake. In the past I've posted traditional rolled coil patterns here, here, and here, so this time I decided to make a snowflake from folded strips of paper instead. The beauty of folding, or more precisely, alternate side looping (in quill-speak), is that you don't need a quilling tool - just use your fingers!

Quilled Snowflake
 gold holofoil edge

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Paper Assembly - Artist Paper Giveaway

 Congratulations to giveaway winner Tristan Blakeman!

A new week... so it's time for another giveaway and this one is international! Debra Glanz of The Paper Assembly will be sending twelve 18 x 24 inch (46 x 61cm) artist papers of choice to one lucky winner. The high quality sheets - a lovely mix of masculine and feminine designs - are ideal for bookbinding and box making, home projects, or even gift wrapping.

Giveaway Papers from The Paper Assembly

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